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Looking for Lowry

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Looking for Lowry - A film by Margy Kinmouth featuring Sir Ian McKellan

Looking for Lowry is a new documentary by film maker Margy Kinmouth about the works of the Salford artist famous for his Matchstick Men and inspiration for Northern Ballet's A Simple Man.

The film features Sir Ian McKellen, Noel Gallagher and a host friends and admirers of Lowry's work as they discover more about his life, his upbringing and living under the thumb of a mother who didn't like him to paint.

Dancers dazzle the crowds at Vogue/Tatler event

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Cleopatra played by Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley as Antony.

Arts Council England responds to Northern Ballet's press release

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Arts Council England have issued the following statement in response to our press release (read our statement about the cuts)

Northern Ballet’s new National Portfolio funding equates to a 6.5% cut in cash terms and 14.9% in real terms from what they received in regular funding in 2010/11 and its National Portfolio funding level for 2014/15.

Northern Ballet receives substantial cut in Arts Council England funding

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As financial cuts to arts organisations across the country are announced, Leeds-based Northern Ballet has been told it will receive around 25% less (£800k)* in 2012/13 from Arts Council England (ACE) than it took to successfully run the Company in 2010/11. 

This is a significant reduction of income and disappointing news for the Company, which recently took up residence in a new, purpose-built home on Quarry Hill, Leeds, in what is now described as the city's cultural hub.

Recognition for new building

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Northern Ballet’s new home as been shortlisted from 112 submissions for the 2011 Civic Building of the Year award. The awards are given by The Society of Chief Architects for Local Authorities (SCALA).

Our Gracious Winner

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Martha Leebolt. Photo Justin SleeMartha Leebolt shared with us her thought on winning her recent award at last month’s Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.

Ballet building hosts Gok Wan’s Clothes Roadshow

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Gok's Clothes Roadshow in Northern Ballet's Studio Theatre in Leeds


Our Dancing Queen

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Hot on the heels of the official opening of our new home and our Open Day we are delighted to announce more good news. Premier dancer, Martha Leebolt, has been awarded the Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) award at today's Critics' Circle National Dance Awards for her performance as the Marquise De Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons, choreographed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE.


Officially Open

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More than 2250 people took the opportunity to look around our new home, watch a performance or class demonstration, try out a dance class, view our costume and photography exhibition and rub shoulders with our fabulous dancers.



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