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Classics reimagined as Northern Ballet announces spring 2016 season

Northern Ballet has released details of its spring 2016 season which will see popular classic titles brought to life through the Company’s unique blend of dance and storytelling. Northern Ballet’s new season includes the return of audience favourite Swan Lake, the continuation of 1984 and the World Première of Cathy Marston’s JanE Eyre as well as the first UK tour of the Company’s latest children’s ballet Tortoise & the Hare. In total, award-winning Northern Ballet will give 158 performances at 40 venues between February and June 2016, maintaining its extensive reach as the widest touring ballet company in the UK.

Northern Ballet will open its spring season with the return of David Nixon OBE’s Swan Lake. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s moving score, this ballet is a modern take on an iconic classic with all the beauty for which Swan Lake is renowned. Opening at Leeds Grand Theatre from 3 – 12 March 2016, Swan Lake will also tour to Sheffield Lyceum Theatre, Norwich Theatre Royal and Milton Keynes Theatre in March and April 2016.

Following a triumphant World Première in September 2015, Northern Ballet will continue the tour of its critically acclaimed production of 1984. Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins and performed to an original score by Tony-nominated composer Alex Baranowski, 1984 is ‘the ballet equivalent of a page-turner’ (The Stage) and will tour to Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Southampton Mayflower Theatre before its London Première at Sadler’s Wells in May 2016.

Marking the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth, Northern Ballet will hold the World Première of Jane Eyre at Cast in Doncaster in May 2016 before touring to Richmond, Aylesbury, Wolverhampton, Stoke and Leicester. The ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets, Jane Eyre is the story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries.

In addition, Northern Ballet will take new children’s ballet Tortoise & the Hare on its inaugural UK tour from February to June 2016. This much-loved Aesop’s fable tells the tale of a determined Tortoise who challenges a speedy Hare and sets out to win the race of his life. Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, this is the second children’s ballet by the pair who created Ugly Duckling, later adapted into a BAFTA winning programme for CBeebies.

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IMAGE: Tobias Batley as Winston and Martha Leebolt as Julia in Jonathan Watkins' 1984. Photo Guy Farrow

Tobias Batley as Winston and Martha Leebolt as Julia in Jonathan Watkins' 1984. Photo Guy Farrow