Performing at the Royal Opera House

Published on Thursday 26 October, 2017

Tonight and tomorrow Northern Ballet will be performing on the Main Stage at the Royal Opera House for the first time as part of Kenneth MacMillan: a National Celebration.

This is a landmark moment in the history of the Company and a great honour to be performing the work of one of the world's greatest narrative ballet choreographers, Kenneth MacMillan.

We are performing Gloria, choreographed by MacMillan in 1980 and inspired by Vera Brittain's autobiography Testament of Youth which recounts the author's wartime experiences and grief at the loss of her fiancé and brother. It is a haunting tribute to the fallen, depicting the futility and brutality of war in a piece made all the more painful by contrasting moments recalling happier times of hopeful joy.

Each evening one of our dancers will also perform in Elite Syncopations alongside The Royal Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Scottish Ballet.

Photos Emma Kauldhar.

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