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A group of dancers in costume holding the skirts of their dresses

Made in Leeds: Wailers

Wailers is a work that gives thanks to life.

To its struggles, beauty and its people. Those with us and no longer with us. It is a prayer for guidance.

Choreographer Mthuthuzeli November won the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production in 2020 for his creation Ingoma with Ballet Black. In 2021 he made the short film What Used To, No Longer Is for Northern Ballet.

Watch his new work Wailers exclusively in Leeds and London this autumn as part of our mixed programme Made in Leeds: Three Short Ballets.

Dancers perform celebratory in unison
Two people sit on the stage comforting each other, others look on with concern
Dancer in a white dress with black details standing on a stage on one foot, en pointe, and arms lifted to shoulder height.
Group of dancers stand, their heads held high and their arms outstretched in front of them
Mother and daughter stand in front of each other, heads bowed against a black background
Dancer kneels on the floor while another stands behind her
Four dancers are around a fifth standing, arms outstretched, en pointe, and head back
Two female dancers reach out to a cracked wall
Two dancer close, rest their foreheads against each other while looking down
One dancer embraces another for comfort while others reach out in support
Dancer in dark vest reaches up and looks to the sky
Dancers stands one arm raised and following that line with their gaze.
Dancer stands in front of a dry, cracked wall

Creative Team

  • Mthuthuzeli November
Costume Design
  • Yann Seabra
Set Design
  • Steve Wilkins
  • Mthuthuzeli November
Orchestration & Conductor
  • George Morton
Musical Producer
  • Siphokazi Jonas


Costumes cut and made by
Assisted by
  • Becky Smith
  • Lucy Howson
Printed fabric by
  • L&S Prints, Keighley
Hair & Make-up
  • Harriet Rogers
Pointe Shoes by
  • Freed of London
Production Supported by
Music Supported by

Photos by Emma Kauldhar, George Liang and Mthuthuzeli November.