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Victoria wins South Bank Sky Arts Award

Northern Ballet is delighted to have won the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards for its production of Victoria. Presented at a socially-distanced ceremony at the London Coliseum on Wednesday, Northern Ballet was nominated alongside Ballet Black and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures. The awards will be televised on Sky Arts, Freeview channel 11, at 8pm on Sunday 20 December.

Recognising British achievements in the arts since 1996, the South Bank Sky Arts Awards are unique in celebrating the arts in their entirety, including; dance, opera, comedy, TV drama, literature, classical music, pop, film, visual art and theatre.

Northern Ballet’s Victoria premièred in Leeds in March 2019 before embarking on a national tour. The production, choreographed by Cathy Marston, is a co-production with The National Ballet of Canada and has previously been screened on BBC Four and in cinemas nationally. Victoria is currently available to purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray at

Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, said:

‘It is an incredible honour to have won the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards this year. Northern Ballet is about creativity and nurturing talent – resulting in the captivating and original performances we bring to audiences across the UK, like Victoria, through both the stage and the screen. This award is a significant recognition of the quality and innovation of our productions, the high standard achieved by all of our performing artists and the excellence of our creative team.’

Choreographer Cathy Marston said:

‘I’m incredibly excited and honoured that Victoria has received the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards. Creating the work was such an inspiring challenge and the result of incredible teamwork from all concerned. I want to thank and celebrate this recognition with David Nixon, Mark Skipper, the dancers and all at Northern Ballet as well as my creative team - Philip Feeney (Composer), Steffen Aarfing (Designer), Uzma Hameed (Co-scenario writer with me), Alastair West (Lighting designer) and Jenny Tattersall (my choreographic collaborator).’