Sunday, October 2

Northern Ballet launch autumn season with a world premiere at Leeds Playhouse

Northern Ballet launch their autumn season with the world première of three exhilarating new dance pieces under the banner Made in Leeds: Three Short Ballets at Leeds Playhouse from 10th – 17th September.

Yorkshire audiences will be the first to see new works from award-winning choreographers Mthuthuzeli November, Stina Quagebeur and Dickson Mbi performed by Northern Ballet’s world-class dancers. 

Olivier award-winning Mthuthuzeli November’s Wailers is described as “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.”

Stina Quagebeur, Associate Choreographer with English National Ballet, presents Nostalgia billed as “an exploration of that familiar state of longing, poignancy and piercing joy, the quiet force that transforms our pain and connects us together.”

Northern Ballet dancers in rehearsal for Ma Vie. Photo: Mthuthuzeli

Following the release of a short film of the same title, world-renowned hip hop dancer and choreographer Dickson Mbi will reimagine Ma Vie on stage, exploring Giacomo Casanova’s thirst for love, his complex relationship with the church and his eventual downfall.

“It is my passion to work with a wide range of creative talent and to allow our dancers to expand their horizons,” says Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director Federico Bonelli. “Dickson Mbi, Stina Quagebeur and Mthuthuzeli November are all exceptionally talented choreographers with unique voices and perspectives which bring a wonderful quality to this programme.

“It is also a great source of pride that this world-class programme has been created, rehearsed and brought to life in our hometown of Leeds.”

Made in Leeds: Three Short Ballets moves onto London’s Linbury Theatre from 1st – 3rd November and in the Quarry Theatre from 10th – 17th September. To book 0113 213 7700 or www.leedsplayhouse.org.uk  

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