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Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s best loved ballet companies. Here’s some of the great things people have been saying about us recently… ‘Thanks in part to Northern Ballet, no wonder we are the dance envy of Europe, if not the Western world’ Sunday Express

‘A Company that boasts the best dance-actors in the world’ Dance Europe

‘Northern Ballet has established a formidable reputation for excellence and innovation’ The Stage

‘Northern Ballet oozes talent and confidence’ Sunday Express

‘I was absolutely bowled over by the performance and the music … a truly wonderful experience’ Margaret Durward (on Beauty & the Beast at Edinburgh Festival Theatre, March 2012)

‘I thought it was so beautiful ... I was overwhelmed’ Geraldine Hale (on seeing Madame Butterfly at Leeds Grand Theatre, March 2012)

Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards % Most outstanding female performance (classical) Martha Leebolt, Premier Dancer, 2010 % Patron’s Award 2008 % Audience Award 2004, 2005 and 2006 02

Michela Paolacci & Rachael Gillespie as Geishas in Madame Butterfly. Photo Merlin Hendy. Cover photo Martha Leebolt as Beauty & Ashley Dixon as the Beast. Photo Bill Cooper.

Contents Ondine 


Madame Butterfly 


Beauty & the Beast 


The Nutcracker 


Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre 


Sponsor a Dancer 


Friends of Northern Ballet 


Dance classes and Ballet parties 


Our Building 


2012 diary 


To find out more about Northern Ballet and the work we do visit where you can also join our postal and e-mail lists.


UK Première

ondine Martha Leebolt as Ondine & Hannah Bateman as Beatrice. Photos Jason Tozer. 04

This September Northern Ballet returns to West Yorkshire Playhouse with the UK première of Ondine, the heart-rending tale of doomed romance between a beautiful water nymph and a handsome nobleman.

Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse Sat 8 – Sat 15 September Box Office 0113 213 7700 £20 – £30

As a child, water sprite Ondine is rescued from the shore and raised as a daughter by the fisherman who saved her. Regardless of her mortal upbringing she maintains the mysterious allure and eternal youthfulness of her species.

Friends of Northern Ballet Save £3 (Tue – Fri evenings, top two prices only)

Years later when nobleman Brand stumbles upon Ondine he is mesmerised by her, and she by him. Despite his betrothal to the mortal Beatrice his attraction to Ondine is too strong to resist. When forced to choose between them he marries the breathtakingly ethereal nymph and swears his eternal loyalty to her. Through their union Ondine develops a soul and is transformed from sprite to woman, opening her heart to the joy and pain of human emotion. Her husband, however, dreams of water nymphs reminiscent of the otherworldly creature he married. In time Brand begins to fear Ondine and finds himself drawn to Beatrice, turning his affections away from his wife. In reaction the sea pulls Ondine back to its depths but, should her husband betray her, death will seek him out. Featuring the original music by Hans Werner Henze, book now for Northern Ballet’s only performances of this beautifully tragic adult fairytale about love and broken promises.

Let’s be friends Becoming a Friend of Northern Ballet lets you get closer to the Company and enjoy ticket discounts. Find out more on page 15. 05

★★★★★ … ‘Simply stunning’ Metro

‘dance really is the perfect medium to express the tragedy of Madame Butterfly. A triumph of artistry worth a visit by anyone.’ Sunday Express

madame butterfly Ayana Kanda as Butterfly. Photo Jason Tozer. Julie Charlet as Butterfly & Kenneth Tindall as Pinkerton. Photo Martin Bell. 06

Innocence, love and betrayal unfold in the picturesque gardens of a Japanese villa. Butterfly is fragile, unworldly, and prepared to sacrifice everything for the love of the handsome American, Lieutenant Pinkerton. He deserts her, only to return years later with his new wife. Abandoned and betrayed, Butterfly is left with only one honourable course of action. East meets West as Northern Ballet Sinfonia play Puccini’s beautiful score, interspersed with traditional Japanese music, as the Company blend classical ballet with Japanese-style dancing. The recipient of much critical acclaim, book now for your opportunity to see Madame Butterfly – one of Northern Ballet’s most enduring productions.

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre Tue 18 – Sat 22 September Box Office 0114 249 6000 Groups 10+ 0114 249 6060 £12 – £34 Friends of Northern Ballet

Save £2.50 (Tue-Thu evenings only)

Manchester Palace Theatre Tue 25 – Sat 29 September Box Office 0844 871 3019 Groups 10+ 0844 871 3038 £11.50 – £39 Friends of Northern Ballet

Half price best available seats (Tue evening only). Save £5 on top four ticket prices all other performances.

Nottingham Theatre Royal Tue 9 – Sat 13 October Box Office 0115 989 5555 £11 – £35

Friends of Northern Ballet

Save £7.50 in Stalls and Upper Circle (Tue evening only)

Coming in a group? All of our performances offer a range of generous discounts for group bookers. Call the relevant Box Offices to find out more. 07

★★★★ ‘really rather wonderful … a triumphant success’

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The Daily Telegraph

★★★★ The Mail on Sunday ★★★★ Daily Express

beauty t s a e b e h &t Martha Leebolt as Beauty & Ashley Dixon as the Beast. Photo Jason Tozer. Georgina May as Chantelle; Pippa Moore as Isabelle; Giuliano Contadini, Thomas Aragones, John Hull, Ayana Kanda, Christie Duncan as Sister’s Friends. Photo Bill Cooper. 08

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Discover the magic that can happen when you look beneath the surface with Northern Ballet’s stunning new Beauty & the Beast. A handsome Prince is transformed into a Beast as punishment for his ugly arrogance. Only true love can break the spell – but who could love a monster like him? A beautiful young woman is sent to live with the Beast. Afraid at first she soon learns that she has nothing to fear except that the Beast longs for a love she cannot return. As this classic story unfolds in an enchanting world inhabited by fairies, sprites and goblins, we discover that beauty is more than skin deep. See the Company sparkle in a kaleidoscope of colour and Haute Couture-style costumes, as breathtaking dancing is accompanied by an infectious score including music by Saint-Säens, Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Glazunov, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Beauty & the Beast delights adults and children alike, book now as Northern Ballet brings a new magic to this timeless fairytale.

Norwich Theatre Royal

Tue 2 – Sat 6 October 01603 630 000 £6.50 – £36.50 Friends of Northern Ballet Save £1.50

Bradford Alhambra Theatre Wed 24 – Sat 27 October Box Office 01274 432000 Groups 10+ 01274 437788 £12 – £30

Friends of Northern Ballet Save £3

(Stalls and Dress Circle) or £1.50 (Upper Circle)

Woking New Victoria Theatre

Tue 30 October – Sat 3 November Box Office 0844 871 7645 Groups 10+ 0844 871 7601 £16 – £36 Friends of Northern Ballet Save £3

(Tue –Thu and mats, excluding top priced seats)

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre Tue 6 – Sat 10 November Box Office 01227 787787 Groups 10+ 01227 862254 £16.50 – £38.50

Friends of Northern Ballet Save £4.50

(Tue –Thu, top two prices and premium seats only)

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

Tue 13 – Sat 17 November Box Office 0844 871 7607 Groups 10+ 0844 871 7614 £13 – £34 Friends of Northern Ballet Save £2

(seating bands A – C only, excludes Fri & Sat eve performances)

Bath Theatre Royal

Tue 27 November – Sat 1 December Box Office 01225 448844 £22 – £43


‘Possibly one of the greatest ballets performed by one of Britain’s best companies’ Yorkshire Evening Post

‘A Christmas cracker by a star company’ Sunday Express

Pippa Moore as Clara. Photo Jason Tozer. Ashley Dixon and Giuliano Contadini as Chinese Dolls. Photo Bill Cooper. 10

Christmas Eve in the twinkling drawing room of the Edwards’ family home. Amidst the commotion the fire crackles and the pile of presents grows ever taller.

Leeds Grand Theatre

Uncle Drosselmeyer’s curious box of performing toys captivates the children and adults alike, but it is the wooden Nutcracker doll that enchants young Clara most.

Friends of Northern Ballet

Share in Clara’s adventures as she is swept away by her Nutcracker prince into a magical winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and the famous Sugar Plum Fairy. Performed to Tchaikovsky’s enduring score, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, The Nutcracker awakens childlike imagination in us all. With everything you expect from this traditional favourite and Northern Ballet’s unique magic scattered throughout, book now for this unmissable ballet.

Tue 18 – Sun 30 December 0844 848 2701 £10 (RV) – £39.50 Save £2.50 (Tue –Thu evenings only)

Kids’ workshop package Saturday 22 December 10.45am Treat your kids to a special day out with a fun creative movement workshop at Northern Ballet’s headquarters. Lunch and face painting will be provided before heading to Leeds Grand Theatre to watch the 2pm performance. Places are £12 each in addition to a ticket for the performance. Book through Leeds Grand Theatre’s Box Office on 0844 848 2701. Exclusive Rudding Park package Make your experience extra special with a luxury overnight package at Rudding Park Hotel, Harrogate. Enjoy a two course lunch and spa treatment before taking premium seats for The Nutcracker, followed by an overnight stay and Yorkshire Breakfast. The package includes a souvenir programme each and costs £385 for two guests. To book call 01423 871 350 or for more information visit Supplement of £50 on 22 & 29 Dec. Not available 26 Dec.

Multi-buy offer Book for The Nutcracker and the World Première of The Great Gatsby in March 2013 at the same time and save £5 off each ticket (top two ticket prices only, must book by Dec 16).


ugly duckling a ballet for children

Mon 29 Oct – Fri 2 Nov 2012 Box Office 0113 220 8008


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Enjoy dance, comedy, live music and more in Leeds’ intimate new theatre based at Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill.

Highlights of Autumn 2012 include Dance Ballet Black

Saturday 10 November

Dep Arts in association with Northern Ballet Contemporary dance season

Three dates to be confirmed across the autumn including State of Flux Forgetting Natasha on Thursday 27 September. Check for updates.

Comedy Fred McCaulay

Saturday 29 September

Dave Johns

Friday 12 October

Live Music Northern Ballet Sinfonia Ensemble Series

Friday 21 September Piano Recital Friday 14 December Wind Quintet

Damien O’Kane

Thursday 1 November

Tristan Mackay

Friday 9 November

Ballet Black. Photo Bill Cooper

Tristan Mackay

Find out more and book

Box office 0113 220 8008 Book online In Person Northern Ballet, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7PA Join our mailing list to receive what’s on emails and our season brochure, as well as competitions and special offers. Sign up now by visiting Join us on facebook search for Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

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Sponsor a Dancer is our positive response to government funding cuts, which put us at risk of losing dancers. Having fewer dancers would really effect what we offer our audiences. We may no longer be able to perform at your favourite venue. We might have to stop performing some of your favourite ballets. Sponsor a Dancer is our campaign to stop this happening, and now we really need your help.

Support us now How you can help

For as little as £30 you can sponsor the dancer of your choice and help to safeguard the future of Northern Ballet. As well as knowing you’ve made a difference to one of the UK’s favourite ballet companies you’ll also receive a special sponsor’s pack including: • • •

A signed picture from the dancer of your choice A letter from your dancer An invitation to one special sponsors’ event to meet our dancers in Leeds during your year of sponsorship

With your help we’ll be able to keep our Company together and keep bringing great ballet to audiences like you.

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Photos Justin Slee.

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Friends of Northern Ballet Joining our Friends scheme is a great way to get more from Northern Ballet and gain a unique behind-the-scenes insight into our world. As a Friend of Northern Ballet you can meet dancers, watch rehearsals and see sneak-previews of new work. You’ll also benefit from copies of Inside magazine and generous ticket discounts, as highlighted throughout the brochure. Friends membership is £50 (£30 for concessions).

Become a Patron As a Patron of Northern Ballet you have the opportunity to take your support of the Company to a new level. From just over £20 a month you can invest in the long term future of the Company and enjoy a range of premium benefits. These include two seats for the première of a Northern Ballet production plus an exclusive post-performance Company reception, a backstage tour at a venue of your choice, a signed poster by the dancer of your choice and free tour programme of all of our productions over the year. Patron membership is £250. To find out more about becoming a Friend or Patron contact Hannah Chapman, Individual Giving Manager on 0113 220 8000 or or join online now at Pippa Moore as Wendy with the Lost Boys in Peter Pan. Photo Alistair Muir. 15

Develop your passion for dance in Northern Ballet’s state-of-the-art facilities in Leeds City Centre. Whatever your age or ability – from tiny tots to the over 55s, beginners to advanced – Northern Ballet Academy has a class for you.

dance classes 2012

All classes are taught by fully trained and experienced dance professionals. For more information about classes and details of how to join in visit

Photo Matt Bunn.

ballet parties for children who love to dance Specially designed parties for all children who love to dance A Northern Ballet party includes • A mini ballet class • Games • Party tea • A performance of work created by the children • Party bags with Northern Ballet goodies


For further information please contact our Events team on 0113 220 8000 or email or visit

venue hire Winner of multiple awards including: • 2011 National Lottery Awards – Best Arts Project • Insider Property Industry Award for Design Excellence • 2011 SCALA Civic Building of the Year

Northern Ballet is unlike any other venue. We can transform our home into a conference, meeting or entertainment space that can be tailored to meet your needs. Located in the centre of Leeds, Northern Ballet’s stunning glass-fronted building is easily accessible by rail or road, with nearby parking available.

For a tour of the building or information on rates and availability contact Alison Murfin Business Development Manager 0113 220 8000

Photo Jonathan Taylor.

Have you visited the Northern Ballet Café Bar yet? Proudly serving Starbuck’s drinks, as well as a range of delicious homemade cakes, sandwiches and daily specials, it’s the perfect place to relax amongst inspiring surroundings. Open 9am – 5pm Monday – Saturday (later on Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre performance evenings).


Northern Ballet Autumn 2012 performances at a glance Date


8 – 15 September


18 – 22 September

Madame Butterfly

21 September

Northern Ballet Sinfonia Piano Recital

25 – 29 September

Madame Butterfly

2 – 6 October

Beauty & the Beast

9 – 13 October

Madame Butterfly

24 – 27 October

Beauty & the Beast

29 October – 2 November

Ugly Duckling

30 October – 3 November

Beauty & the Beast

6 – 10 November

Beauty & the Beast

13 – 17 November

Beauty & the Beast

27 November – 1 December

Beauty & the Beast

14 December

Northern Ballet Sinfonia Wind Quintet

18 – 30 December

The Nutcracker

Announcing our new ballet for 2013


the great gatsby



Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse


Sheffield Lyceum Theatre


Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre


Manchester Palace Theatre


Norwich Theatre Royal


Nottingham Theatre Royal


Bradford Alhambra Theatre


Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre


Woking New Victoria Theatre


Canterbury Marlowe Theatre


Aylesbury Waterside Theatre


Bath Theatre Royal


Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre


Leeds Grand Theatre


World Première at Leeds Grand Theatre 2 – 9 March. Touring throughout the UK in 2013.

Georgina May as Kate & Tobias Batley as Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly. Photo Merlin Hendy. Northern Ballet dancers in The Nutcracker; Martha Leebolt as Beauty & Martha Leebolt as Beauty & Kenneth Tindall as Prince Orion in Beauty & the Beast Photos Bill Cooper.

A Step Closer We offer a range of events on tour giving you a chance to get closer to Northern Ballet. Find out more Saturday Matinee performances at venues marked with the symbol will be Audio Described with a free Touch tour from 10.30am – 1pm for the visually impaired. To book call the relevant Box Office.


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Northern Ballet - What's on Sep-Dec 2012  

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