Mixed Programme at the Royal Opera House
Powerhouse for dance heads to London as Northern Ballet makes inaugural visit to the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre
Northern Ballet will make their first visit to the Royal Opera House’s Linbury Studio Theatre from 8 – 10 May with a Mixed Programme. The Leeds-based Company will hold four performances of their triple bill showcasing both established international and emerging choreographic talent danced by the Company of 40 dancers.
Northern Ballet are most often seen in London performing full-length narrative ballets such as The Great Gatsby when the Company enjoyed a sell-out season at Sadler’s Wells in 2013. The Company are working to develop their profile within the Capital having recently appointed a new Director of Development, Crys Whitewoods, who is based in the city part-time. Northern Ballet’s inaugural visit to the Linbury Studio Theatre gives audiences in London the opportunity to see the Company’s more diverse repertory in a more intimate setting, ahead of a planned two tours to London in 2015. The Mixed Programme of ballets by Hans van Manen, Lar Lubovitch and Kenneth Tindall, showcases the athleticism of Northern Ballet’s dancers who rise superbly to realise the visions of each choreographer.
The Mixed Programme will feature Concertante by Hans van Manen who has created more than 100 short classical ballets during his illustrious 60 year career with Nederlands Dans Theatre and the Dutch National Ballet, among many others. The Dutch dance master previously worked with Northern Ballet when the Company first staged the classical piece, set to Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante, in their 2013 Mixed Programme performed in Leeds.
The second piece of the triple bill will be Lar Lubovitch’s Concerto Six Twenty-Two with a performance that marks Northern Ballet’s first venture with one of America’s leading choreographers. The piece, choreographed in 1986 and set to Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, is an inventive portrayal of male dance duets in what has become one of Lubovitch’s most celebrated pieces.
The London Première of Luminous Junc•ture will be the third piece of the Mixed Programme which showcases the emerging talent of their Premier Dancer, Kenneth Tindall, one of the UK’s rising choreographic stars. The contemporary piece is Tindall’s second commission for Northern Ballet which debuted in Leeds in 2013 to great acclaim. It is set to music by Max Richter, Olafur Arnalds and Hans Zimmer, with costumes designed by Manchester-based fashion designer, Emma Guilfoyle. A physically emotive, inventive and atmospheric performance, the piece showcases the strengths of his fellow Northern Ballet dancers.
Speaking ahead of the Company’s landmark visit to Covent Garden, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, said: “It is a great thrill to be performing at the Linbury Studio Theatre for the first time and to have the opportunity to showcase the immense talent of our dancers to audiences in Covent Garden.
Performing a masterwork such as Concertante is a real challenge and demonstrates the very high standard of the Company. We’re very excited to be working with Lar Lubovitch for the first time on Concerto Six Twenty-Two. Also I am delighted for Kenneth Tindall to have the opportunity to stage his Luminous Junc•ture at such a high profile venue; it’s very important that we encourage and nurture such talent in our dancers and I’m sure that audiences in London will be seeing a lot more by Kenneth as his star rises in the years to come.”
Director of The Royal Ballet, Kevin O’Hare, comments ‘I’m so pleased to welcome Northern Ballet to the Linbury Studio Theatre for the very first time, adding to the breadth of dance that we are able to offer from the Royal Opera House’.
Tickets for Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme at the Linbury Studio Theatre are on sale now online at roh.org.uk or by calling the box office on 0207 304 4000.