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September 2012 eNewsletter

Northern Ballet September eNewsletter
Ondine to have its UK Première Martha Leebolt & Hannah Bateman in Ondine - photo Jason Tozer.
We're brimming with excitement this month as the UK Première of David Nixon's Ondine is almost upon us. The heartrending tale of doomed romance between a mysterious water nymph and a handsome nobleman is one of the great classical ballets and is rarely performed outside of London. Don't miss your only opportunity to see Northern Ballet perform this beautifully moving story from 8 - 15 September at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Visit the Ondine Mini site
Book for Ondine now
Ayana Kanda as Madame Butterfly. Photo Jason Tozer. Madame Butterfly
Our autumn tour leaps into action with performances of Madame Butterfly at Sheffield Lyceum, Manchester Palace and Nottingham Theatre Royal coming up. Set to Puccini's rousing score, Madame Butterfly is considered a Northern Ballet classic by audiences and critics alike. You can see footage from the performance in our official production trailer, as well as reading audience and press reactions on our Madame Butterfly mini-site.
Watch the Madame Butterfly Trailer
Visit the Madame Butterfly mini site
Book now for Madame Butterfly
60 Seconds with... Dreda Blow Dreda Blow. Photo Simon Lawson.
Soloist Dreda has been a busy lady recently, choreographing our first ever ballet for children Ugly Duckling with Sebastian Loe, as well as rehearsing for the role of Beatrice in Ondine. Luckily she still had time to tell us a little more about herself...
Read Dreda's 60 Second interview
Sponsor a Dancer - the Big Give The Big Give Christmas Challenge
This year we are delighted that Northern Ballet's Sponsor a Dancer campaign has been selected to participate in the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2012. The Big Give is an annual match funding event. On 6, 7 and 8 December any money you donate to Sponsor a Dancer, including renewing your sponsorship, could be doubled.
We know December is a busy time so you can sign up now at northernballet.com/biggive to receive an email reminder nearer the time.
Find out more about the Big Give
Leeds Grand Theatre Open Day
We'll be joining in with the fabulous free activities at the Heritage Open Day on Sunday 9 September. Leeds' most historic theatres, The Grand & City Varieties, will be pulling back the curtains and inviting you to go behind the scenes to explore these beautiful venues. With competitions, craft activities, creative workshops and demonstrations running throughout the day the whole family will be entertained.
Find out more about Leeds Grand Theatre's Open Day
This month at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Former Northern Ballet dancers Charlotte Broom and Christopher Akrill will perform with their new company HeadSpace Dance on 19 September, just a week after their debut at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House. The performance will be the first in our season of contemporary dance in conjunction with Dep Arts, which also includes State of Flux’s acclaimed work Forgetting Natasha on 27 September.
Northern Ballet's Company Pianist Grant Green will take centre-stage on 21 September with a Piano Recital including music by Bach, Mompou and Debussy. Young Opera Venture will also be back by popular demand on 26 September with highlights from some of the classic operas in Opera Appetizers.
Scottish comedian Fred MacAulay brings his brilliant hit Edinburgh Festival show Legally Bald to Leeds on 29 September.
What's on at Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
What's on
Ondine
Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse
Sat 8 - Sat 15 September
0113 213 7700
Madame Butterfly
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Tue 18 - Sat 22 September
0114 249 6000
Manchester Palace Theatre
Tue 25 - Sat 29 September
0844 871 3019
Nottingham Theatre Royal
Tue 9 - Sat 13 October
0115 989 5555
Beauty & the Beast
Norwich Theatre Royal
Tue 2 - Sat 6 October
01603 630 000
Bradford Alhambra Theatre
Wed 24 - Sat 27 October
01274 432000
Woking New Victoria Theatre
Tue 30 October - Sat 3 November
0844 871 7645
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
Tue 6 - Sat 10 November
01227 787 787
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tue 13 - Sat 17 November
0844 871 7607
Bath Theatre Royal
Tue 27 November - Sat 1 December
01225 448844
Leeds - Yeadon Town Hall
Sat 20 October 3.00pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds - The Hunslet Club
Sun 21 October 2.30pm & 4pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds - The Riley Theatre
Sat 27 October 2.30pm & 4pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds - Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Mon 29 October - Fri 2 November
0113 220 8008
The Nutcracker
Leeds Grand Theatre
Tue 18 - Sun 30 December
0844 848 2701
The Great Gatsby
Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 2 - Sat 9 March 2013
0844 848 2701
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Thu 21 - Sat 23 March 2013
0131 529 6000
More dates to be announced
Belfast Grand Opera House
Wed 10 - Sat 13 April 2013
028 9024 1919
Norwich Theatre Royal
Tue 30 April - Sat 4 May 2013
01603 630 000
Northern Ballet
Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA
0113 220 8000
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Photos Merlin Hendy, Jason Tozer, Simon Lawson, Tony O'Connell
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