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Ruth Little is a dance and theatre Dramaturg, a teacher and writer. She lectured in English literature at the University of Sydney, and was Literary Manager at Out of Joint, Soho Theatre, the Young Vic and the Royal Court.
Chris designed lighting for Jekyll and Hyde for Northern Ballet.
Following the announcement that Northern Ballet is to première an adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 by Jonathan Watkins in September 2015, the Leeds-based Company, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary year, has released details of its plans for spring 2015 with a season of iconic love stories giving 134 performances across 28 venues in the UK.
After the exciting announcements and award wins of last week, the fun continues this week as the Company head out to the most easterly point on this season's tour with seven performances of Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal. book Cinderella
Northern Ballet is delighted to announce its next new creation will be 1984, based on George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece and created by guest Choreographer Jonathan Watkins. Experts in passionate storytelling, Northern Ballet’s adaptations of some of the world’s most treasured novels move and inspire more people in more cities across the UK every year than any other ballet company.
Based on George Orwell's masterpiece and created by Guest Choreographer and former Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins, 1984 will change the way you think about ballet. With a brand new score from Tony nominated Composer Alex Baranowski played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, see this iconic classic reimagined for a modern audience.
Born in South Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Jonathan trained locally before attending The Royal Ballet School. He graduated earning a place with The Royal Ballet Company in 2003 where he danced and created many roles. He had early choreographic success at The Royal Ballet School when he won the Kenneth MacMillian Choreography Award at the age of 16 with Suppressed Expressions.
In 1984 Northern Ballet Theatre (as we were known then) under the artistic direction of Robert de Warren restaged a classic version of Sleeping Beauty to the choreography of Marius Petipa. This photo features Yoko Shimitzu and Olivier Munez as Princess Aurora and Prince Desire, taken by Linda Rich.
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