Royal Ballet star joins Northern Ballet in Leeds

Press release date 
Thu 15 Feb 2018

Northern Ballet has announced that Royal Ballet star Zenaida Yanowsky will be performing with the Company as a Guest Artist during their run of Las Hermanas / Concerto / Gloria at Leeds Grand Theatre. One of the most exquisite dancers of her generation, award-winning Yanowsky will perform in Las Hermanas for two performances only on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 March (eve).

Yanowsky became a Principal dancer with The Royal Ballet in 2001 and has performed in all the Company’s major works to critical acclaim; most recently winning the National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Performance (Classical) in 2016. In 2017 she became a Guest Principal with The Royal Ballet and these performances of Las Hermanas with Northern Ballet mark her first collaboration with the Company.

Las Hermanas will be performed as part of a triple bill which also includes Concerto and Gloria, all works by one of the world’s most celebrated choreographers, Sir Kenneth MacMillan. This triple bill offers Leeds audiences a rare opportunity to see three ballet master works performed on their doorstep. The performances at Leeds Grand Theatre from 16 – 17 March follows the Company’s hugely anticipated and well-received première of this programme in October last year, as well as Northern Ballet’s Royal Opera House mainstage debut where they performed Gloria receiving glowing five star national reviews.

David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet said: ‘I am really delighted that Zenaida Yanowsky will be joining Northern Ballet to perform with us as Guest Artist for the first time. We were honoured to be asked to participate in the national celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan last year and this collaboration between the Royal Opera House and Northern Ballet has been instrumental in bringing this wonderful dancer to perform with us in Leeds. It is an incredible and rare treat for our home audiences in Leeds to see this programme of work by Sir Kenneth MacMillan, and now that Zenaida will be joining us, this will be even more of a special event.’


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