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Hannah Bateman

Leading Soloist
Hannah Bateman

Hannah is from Woking in Surrey and trained at the Susan Robinson School of Ballet and Central School of Ballet. She joined Northern Ballet in 2002 having previously performed with the Israel Ballet. She was promoted to Leading Soloist in 2012.

Hannah has performed leading roles in most of the current repertoire including Cleopatra (Cleopatra), Beauty (Beauty & the Beast), Juliet, Nurse and Lady Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Odilia (Swan Lake) and Belle (A Christmas Carol). She has created numerous roles including Jordan (The Great Gatsby) and most recently Jane in Cathy Marston's Critic's Circle National Dance Award nominated Jane Eyre. Hannah was in the creating cast of Kenneth Tindall's Production Prize winner Project #1 in Hanover and performed leading roles in Northern Ballet's first visit to the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House in work by Hans Van Manen (Concertante) and Lars Lubovitch (Concerto Six Twenty-Two).

Hannah was part of the creating cast of the first Tindall/Sterling collaboration, The Ultimate Form, which was performed at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Tate St. Ives and the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery. She also performed in the durational piece that Tindall choreographed for the Frieze Art Fair 2014 and was a guest artist at the 2015 Kiel International Ballet Gala.

Learn more about Hannah

Where were you born and raised?

Horsell in Woking.

Where did you train?

Susan Robinson School of Ballet and the Central School of Ballet.

Previous companies

Israel Ballet.

Awards/nominations/prizes 

Co-choreographer of the Children's BAFTA nominated ballet Three Little Pigs, Dance UK Future Leaders Mentorship programme 2012 and Clore Leadership Course attendee 2013.

Random Flickr photos from the album Hannah Bateman by Northern Ballet

What are your favourite Northern Ballet roles to dance?

Jane (Jane Eyre), Juliet and Nurse (Romeo & Juliet), Cleopatra (Cleopatra), Jordan and Myrtle (The Great Gatsby), Pas de Deux couple (Perpetuum Mobile), Pas de Deux couple Hans van Manen’s Concertante and Kenneth Tindall’s The Ultimate Form, Children of the Mantic StainLuminous Junc·ture, Project #1 and The Architect.

Career highlights

Performing Juliet in Romeo & Juliet on opening night at The National Grand Theatre in Beijing and Sadler's Wells. Dancing the role of Cleopatra in Cleopatra and creating the role of Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby. Dancing the principal couple in Christopher Hampson's Perpetuum Mobile and working with and performing Hans van Manen’s Concertante. Creating the role of Jane to Javier Torres' Mr Rochester in Cathy Marston's new Jane Eyre.

If you could adapt one work into a ballet what would it be?

The Kiss by Klimt.

How do you like to relax?

Sleep, garden, plan and organise.

If you weren’t a dancer what would you be?

An architect, a garden or interior designer or a hotelier.