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A Simple Man

We'd like to wish Dame Gillian Lynne a very happy birthday from all of us at Northern Ballet as she turns 90 on Saturday 20 February. Dame Gillian first worked with Northern Ballet in 1987 creating A Simple Man based on the life and works of LS Lowry. The piece went on to win a BAFTA and introduced the Company to Christopher Gable CBE who went on to become our Artistic Director. In 1989 she choreographed Lipizzaner and in 2009 she returned to Northern Ballet to choreograph On Such A Night for our 40th anniversary celebrations.
Christopher Gable CBE was born 13 March 1940 and in his career danced with the Sadler's Wells Opera Ballet, Covent Garden Opera Ballet, was a Principal Dancer at The Royal Ballet where he created many roles and in 1982 he founded the Central School of Ballet.
This resource pack is designed to give teachers an insight into Northern Ballet’s production of A Simple Man, to enable teachers to prepare students for a visit to the theatre or to use this production as a stimulus for creative work in the classroom.
Footage taken from the 2009 revival of A Simple Man which explores the life and work of Salford artist, LS Lowry. The part of Lowry was made famous by Christopher Gable in the original BAFTA award winning production for the BBC in 1987.
Keiko Amemori in La Bayadère. Photo Bill Cooper
La Bayadère The Kingdom of the Shades Staged by Yoko Ichino Original choreography Marius Petipa Composer Ludwig Minkus Lighting Matthew Millward Angels in the Architecture photos and information on Angels in the Architecture
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