The Kingdom of Back

Celebrated choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple presents an intimate and moving portrait of Nannerl Mozart, the talented yet overshadowed sister of Wolfgang Mozart, in her first work for Northern Ballet, The Kingdom of Back.

Nannerl began life as the apple of her father's eye - an accomplished musician in her own right but forced to give up on her dreams. Runacre-Temple's stirring new work is inspired by letters from the Mozart family. Funny, irreverent and sometimes shocking, they give us a unique glimpse into the passions and desires of a remarkable woman born ahead of her time.

This piece imagines a character in the shadows, stuck forever in her 'Kingdom of Back' - the imaginary childhood world of the Mozart siblings - as her brother begins his journey towards immortality.

  • Choreography Morgann Runacre-Temple
  • Sound Design & Original Music by Frank Moon
  • Additional Music by JS Bach (performed by The Swingle Singers), WA Mozart (performed by The Swingle Singers; The Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Sir Neville Marriner; Sabine Devieilhe, Raphael Pichön & Ensemble Pygmalion); Leopold Mozart (performed by Christine Schornsheim) & David Bowie*
  • Lighting Design Alastair West
  • Costume Design Kimie Nakano
  • Costume Design Assistant Julie Anderson
  • Text Extracts from Mozart Family Letters



*Life on Mars?
Written by David Bowie
Published by Tintoretto Music/RZO Music Ltd/BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd/EMI Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of RZO Music Ltd