This week is Children's Hospice Week, organised by Together for Short Lives, and the focus this year is ‘making every moment count’. Having managed the START Hospices project that we've delivered for the last two years in partnership with Martin House Hospice in Boston Spa, Children's Hospice Week has made me stop and think about how the project affects the lives of the families who take part.
As part of my role at Northern Ballet I promote accessibility both inside the organisation and externally to our audience. I am responsible for programming the audio descriptions and relaxed performances to enable everyone to access our productions, and I also work with other venues in Leeds to promote accessible performances across the city through Access Leeds Theatre.
This week in Ability we began to create work in our first location on level 3 of the building.
We thought about expected and unexpected actions that might happen there, and used these to help create movement in and around the sofa area. We filmed sequences from different angles and looked through the footage to decide what we thought looked best.
5 things you need to know about Elves & the Shoemaker
1. Our ballet is inspired by the 1806 Brothers Grimm story. The tale has been adapted many times, including a version by The Muppets featuring Kermit The Frog as the shoemaker, who’s saved by a group of entertainers (The Elvises) who, naturally, make only blue suede shoes.
Academy of Northern Ballet student Grace Whitaker, reviews our 45th Anniversary Sapphire Gala...
On the 14 of March, students from the Centre for Advanced Training programme levels 3-6 watched Northern Ballet’s 45th anniversary Sapphire Gala at Leeds Grand Theatre. The dress code was black tie so, as expected, we wore our finest dresses and suits for the occasion. Once we had found our seats and taken countless selfies, the performance was ready to start.