From the Archive: First Steps

Eight months before our first official performance our founding director, Laverne Meyer, showcased what he intended for his new Company at Manchester's Royal College of Music with three evenings of ballet on 24, 26 and 28 March 1969.

Here is the original programme and leaflet promoting the momentous event.

The pieces we performed on that evening were:

Dance for Five

Music Poulenc

Choreography Laverne Meyer

Dancers Carol Barrett, Terence Etheridge, Calliope Micklem, Miranda Davidson and Jennifer Hancock.

Carinet Peter Fielding, Piano Martin Holland.

Sonate A Trois

Music Bartok, Music for Two Pianos and Percussion

Choreography Maurice Bejart

The Woman Suzanne Hywell, The Girl Deirdre O'Donohoe, The Man Terence Etheridge.

Pianos Max Ritchie and Christopher Knott, percussion John Ward and Jean Webster.

Girl in the Centre

Music Hindemith, Kammermusik op 24, n2

Choreography Laverne Meyer

Dancers Terence Etheridge, Carol Barrett, Miranda Davidson, Keith Mackintosh, Jennifer Hancock and Cara Drower.

Flute Susan Cowden, Oboe Paul Scott, Clarinet Peter Fielding, Bassoon John Orford and Horn Neil Grundy.

Solo

Music Messiaen, Le Merle Noir

Choreography Laverne Meyer

Dancer Miranda Davidson or Callipoe Micklem.

Flute Susan Cowden, Piano Martin Holland.

Death and the Maiden

Music Schubert, Andante con moto from D minor string quartet

Choreography Andrée Howard

The Maiden Carol Barrett, Death Terence Etheridge, His followers Calliope Micklem, Miranda Davidson, Jannifer Hancock and Cara Drower.

Violins David Nolan and Antony Tarlton, Viola Carolyn Sparey, and Cello Dewi Watkins.