We began 2020 celebrating 50 years of Northern Ballet's dedication to creating new and innovative productions with plans to bring two new full-length ballets, Geisha and Merlin to audiences nationwide.
However, in place of celebration, we now find ourselves facing the tremendous strain that the Covid-19 pandemic places upon our ability to create, perform and teach ballet. As a result, our 2020 world première of Merlin has been postponed.
Help us bring back the magic of Merlin
In autumn 2021 Merlin will finally make its world première. Following a nationwide tour, we then hope to bring Merlin to the big screen, giving cinema audiences everywhere the opportunity to be part of the magic.
Inspired by the story of the mythical wizard, this epic new production will be choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Drew McOnie (Broadway’s King Kong and Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom) in his first collaboration with the Company.
Help the magic of Merlin to finally become a reality.
Bringing the magic of dance to everyone, everywhere.
We tour to theatres nationwide and break down barriers to dance with our outreach work. From touch tours and audio described performances for the visually impaired to school performances and insight workshops, we are committed to making our work accessible to everyone.
Illusionist Chris Fisher will create new illusions for Merlin to help make magical performances for audiences to enjoy.
£20,000 could fund the design and creation of all the new magical illusions used in this production. Help fund one element to make Merlin magic.
Every new ballet takes many weeks of rehearsal to create. For each production, at least three casts are needed with dancers learning and rehearsing numerous roles, often alongside performances of other Northern Ballet repertoire.
£27,500 raised could fund one week of rehearsals for this exciting new ballet.
Access for All
Every year our Learning team run many different outreach projects, school workshops, classes and courses to engage people in dance from all walks of life. Alongside our tour, we also hold a range of activities in theatres such as insight workshops, and touch tours with audio described performances for the visually impaired to make the magic of dance accessible to all. Learn more about our projects.
Photos Guy Farrow, Emma Kauldhar and Justin Slee.