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Wuthering Heights

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.
As Dracula prepared to return for the first time in five years, we spoke to Senior Wardrobe Manager Mikhaila Pye to find out just what it takes to get our dancers on stage in their Victorian finest... How soon do you start preparing the wardrobe for the revival of a production? We start planning the wardrobe for a revival as soon as possible, or as soon as we get the casting for a production. We got the Dracula costumes back from storage before the summer break at the end of June.
This week we welcome our dancers back to Leeds after being out on tour for for almost a month. It's nice to have them back in the building where rehearsals and creativity are top of the agenda as everyone prepares for the final performances of the season with the Mixed Programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre.
You can watch Northern Ballet dancers in a special version of Ugly Duckling today at 11am & 5pm on CBeebies.
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.
…beautifully and vividly brought to life in this sumptuous performance South Yorkshire Times …music is very effective and evocative, infusing the dancers' torrid emotions with exuberant romanticism and rising to some splendid melodramatic climaxes… David Nixon's choreography … packs a theatrical punch … this is guaranteed to be a popular hit. Mail On Sunday
Hannah Bateman as Isabella and Christopher Hinton-Lewis as Heathcliff. Photo Merlin Hendy.
Prologue A storm upon the moors. Haunted by memories of Cathy, Heathcliff rages through the night. Finally the storm dies down and a memory returns, of Cathy and Heathcliff in their youth, a memory of innocent and trusting love.
Wuthering Heights. Photo Merlin Hendy.
“ 'My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath – a source of little visible delight, but necessary.' Cathy  
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.
David has designed lighting for Theatre, Dance, Opera, Television, Architectural Projects, and Industrials taking him from the Great Wall of China to the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall. He was nominated for a Chicago Midwest Emmy Award for Milwaukee ballets Romeo and Juliet, a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan American Games Rio 2007 and received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Direction for the Opening Ceremony Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games.


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