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The Nutcracker

Hello and welcome to my latest blog. This time I have a collection from two of our recent ballets, Swan Lake, which we performed in Bradford, Woking and Aylesbury; and The Nutcracker which we performed in Nottingham, Sheffield, Norwich, Manchester and Leeds. Though an injury to my knee prevented me from doing all of The Nutcracker performances, I was able to pick up my camera a little more and get some shots from the side of stage.
Nearly 200 people braved the weather on Friday night to attend The Nutcracker Christmas Dinner. The Harvey Nichols champagne reception soon got everyone in the party spirit and the guests were completely enthralled by the magical performance of The Nutcracker.
As the Edwards family prepare for their Christmas party, Clara imagines the wonderful things that might happen. Her brother Frederick can’t miss a moment to tease her and is only stopped by the arrival of their beautiful older sister Louise.
Mark works freelance working for many leading dance, opera and drama companies in the UK and overseas and is Artistic Associate at Chichester Festival. He works regularly for David Bintley at Birmingham Royal Ballet. His opera designs include many productions at Glyndebourne, Vlaamse Opera, Opera National du Rhin, Israeli Opera, Potsdam, Opera Northern Ireland and Holland Park.Mark received a 2007 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Lighting on Prometheus Bound in New York and his opera designs were selected for the British entry of the 1999 Prague Quadrennial.
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.
Charles has worked in the UK and internationally designing opera, ballet, drama, musicals and pantomime. His previous work for Northern Ballet includes set design for The Three Musketeers. He is resident designer with Library Theatre, Manchester. Charles has worked on many productions for Leicester Haymarket Theatre, most notably The Plough and The Stars.
Filmed in 2010 this video shows short excerpts from David Nixon's The Nutcracker where The Nutcracker Prince does battle with The Mouse King. Music is performed by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
A teachers resource pack based arounf our production of The Nutcracker for key stage 1/2. Includes information on the story, characters, costume, music set and creative tasks for students to participate in.
Northern Ballet dancers in David Nixon's The Nutcracker performing an excerpt during rehearsals earlier this year. Music is performed by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

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