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Cleopatra

Cleopatra's story has been retold for over 2,000 years, in this timeline we try to add a little historical perspective to the events in the ballet - a time of great turbulence across the major powers of the day - right up to the infamous bite which ended not only her life but the Pharaoh's rule of Egypt. From 69 BC Cleopatra born in Alexandria, Egypt to the house of Ptolemy. Her father, Ptolemy XII, dies in 51BC, leaving a will that states his daughter and son should be co-rulers of Egypt.
Click on an image for a closer look at Christopher Giles' costume design illustrations for the Cleopatra ballet. The images are a detailed look at the characters from Mark-Antony & Caesar to the gods Wadjyt and Apis.
Nina Dunn
After starting her professional life in the fields of motion graphic design for film and broadcast, Nina now specialises in integrated projection design and content production for Theatre and Live Events. Recently, she designed projections for Die Frau Ohne Schatten at the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, which received 4 stars from the Financial Times and which, in addition to repertory performances, will be touring to Ljubiana, Tokyo and Edinburgh over the next twelve months. A DVD of the show is due to be released on the Mariinsky label within the next few months.
Claude-Michel Schönberg
Born in 1944 of Hungarians parents, Claude-Michel began his career in France as a singer, writer and producer of pop songs.
Returning in March 2014 to Leeds and Sheffield. The ultimate modern woman is an enduring icon of the ancient world. Beautiful, sensual, mother, lover, queen. In a world ruled by men she changed the course of history. Claude-Michel Schönberg (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) and David Nixon OBE (Northern Ballet Artistic Director) present Cleopatra. Touring in 2014 to Leeds Grand Theatre from Thursday 6 - Saturday 15 March and to Sheffield Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 25 - Saturday 29 March.
Christopher Giles
Current work includes: Cleopatra, Northern Ballet, Choreographer David Nixon; Bells are Ringing, Director Paul Foster, Union Theatre; Leonce und Lena (associate), Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montreal, Choreographer Christian Spuck.
Cleopatra. Photo Jason Tozer.
Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra has thrilled audiences and critics, and gained celebrity fans since its world première in 2011. This stunning ballet charts Cleopatra’s sensational rise to power, her scandalous romances with the most powerful men in history, and her eventual downfall.
Patricia has worked extensively with Northern Ballet, beginning as drama consultant and acting coach on Christopher Gable’s Dracula, continuing with him and Michael Pink on Giselle and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  She then directed Northern Ballet’s Carmen and A Streetcar Named Desire, both choreographed by Didy Veldman.
John Longstaff
John was born in Lancashire and educated at Girton College, Cambridge and Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He has worked with numerous companies including: Kiel Opera House, Germany (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Northern Ballet (conductor and rehearsal pianist), Sheffield Symphony Orchestra (artistic director), Leeds College of Music (opera conductor), English National Ballet (guest conductor), Young Opera Venture (musical director) and St. Peter’s Church, Harrogate (Director of Music). 
What do Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Catrall, Angelina Jolie, Claude Michel Schonberg and David Nixon OBE have in common? Just the most powerful woman in history: Cleopatra.

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