Mixing it up with a Mixed Programme
This time next week the Company will be in residence at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre with a Mixed Programme. It's an important occasion for two reasons as it's our first ever performance at the famous Covent Garden venue and this is also the first time we've performed a triple bill outside of Leeds in recent years.
If you haven't seen Northern Ballet in a Mixed Programme before then you've never seen Northern Ballet quite like this!
This year's programme includes a Northern Ballet premiére of Concerto Six Twenty-Two which is choreographed by American Dance Master, Lar Lubovitch, who has been with us in our Leeds' studios for the last three weeks working with the Company to stage the piece. It was choreographed in 1985 and broadcast on the BBC but if this pre-dates your interest in ballet, or in fact your life (as it does with me!) then this may well be the first time you will see Lubovitch's work in the UK. Concerto Six Twenty-Two features 13 dancers all together and includes a lovely pas de deux between two male dancers.
Hans van Manen's Concertante is the second piece in the programme and was first performed by Northern Ballet during our Mixed Programme in Leeds last year. It was choreographed in 1994 by the Dutch Dance Master for Nederlands Dans Theater 2 and has since been performed by Companies around the world. It's a vibrant and emotive performance which moves between being intense, humorous and aggressive with impressing pace for its 25 minute running time.
The programme will conclude with the London Premiére of Luminous Junc•ture choreographed by our own Kenneth Tindall. This was only Kenny's second commission for Northern Ballet and yet, for me, was the most memorable performance of the 2013 Mixed Programme where it premiéred, proving that Kenny's emerging talent is such that his work can be presented alongside that of choreographic masters and still hold its own. Luminous Junc•ture is intense and powerful and is choreographed to the strengths of our dancers who Kenny has been performing alonside for more than 10 years.
Now you won't see any tiaras, sparkly pointe shoes or ball gowns in the Mixed Programme and there are no princes and princesses, but what you will see is Northern Ballet in a different light, showcasing just how much quality and versatility the Company has. The intimate setting of the Linbury Studio Theatre lends itself to this and the audience feels more involved in the performance than when watching from the grandeur of the dress circle in a larger auditorium. The lithe athleticism of the dancers is paramount and the power and quality of the performance will leave the audience in no doubt that Northern Ballet is one of the world's leading ballet Companies.
As if all this wasn't reason enough to come along, tickets are priced at a purse-friendly £8-£25! So join us for our first ever season at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Studio Theatre - book online or call 020 7304 4000.
It's Northern Ballet, but not quite as you know us.