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Wednesday, November 2


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A review of Northern Ballet by Graham Watts for Bachtrack.


It’s all change for the Leeds express as a new leadership team takes shape at Northern Ballet including a new chair (Guy Perricone), Executive Director (David Collins, who joins early next year) and Artistic Director (Federico Bonelli). Given that the former incumbents in the latter two roles (respectively Mark Skipper and David Nixon) served for a combined total of almost 50 years, it is a seismic watershed in the company’s relatively brief history. And this programme of new work seemed a strong affirmation of that change, recognising the emerging talent of three exceptional British-based choreographers. 

Review of NB by Lyndsey Winship in The Guardian.


Mthuthuzeli November draws on memories from his South African childhood; Dickson Mbi brings elements of hip-hop; Stina Quagebeur connects with qualities from everyday life, and you can see the dancers finding their way with this new material. Regardless of the success of every work, this is what artists, and ballet companies, need: to dip a toe (in pointe shoes or otherwise) into a different way of moving, and therefore thinking. That doesn’t have to mean a dramatic shift from the dance vocabulary they’re used to.


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