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ARTISTIC

RAISING THE BARRE Take a moment or tutu to contemplate Northern Ballet’s amazing achievements over the last 50 years as from the end of 2019 through 2020, the illustrious Leeds-based company celebrates its golden anniversary with a spectacular schedule of top-class productions and premieres.

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egarded as one of THE greatest ballet companies, the multi-award-winning, internationally renowned dance troupe continues its commitment to constantly create new and inspiring ballets, touring extensively and attracting the finest dancers from across the globe. Some of Northern Ballet’s cast share their highlights and ‘en pointes’ of view...

Clockwise from top left: Abigail Prudames. Andrew Tomlinson. Ayami Miyata. Javier Torres. Minju Kang.

A B I G A I L P R U DA M E S P R I N C I PA L S O L O I S T N O R T H YO R K S H I R E In Dracula I performed as Mina, a challenging yet hugely rewarding part. My first title role was Cinderella and I played her again quite recently. It was lovely to be able to revisit that experience a second time but with much more knowledge, technique and strength. I joined Northern Ballet straight out of school as an apprentice, not knowing much about the company but now I couldn’t imagine having my career anywhere else. 2020 productions? Hopefully I’ll get the chance to appear in all of them! (laughs)

MINJU KANG F I R ST S O LO I ST S O U T H KO R E A My first lead role was in The Little Mermaid and was really special for me. The repertoire that Northern Ballet performs and the storytelling is all very attractive. Having communication with the audience is really important too. I love the traditional ballets produced by other companies but they’re not my favourite to perform. Northern Ballet’s work allows the audience and the dancers to connect more. Everyone works so hard for our achievements, it really is teamwork and we’re connected like a family, especially working so closely on tour.

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