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Preview: Northern Ballet at Northern Stage

Northern Ballet to make Northern Stage debut

Northern Ballet at Northern Stage:
  Ø The Kingdom of Back
  Ø Mamela…
  Ø The Shape of Sound
Newcastle Northern Stage
Tuesday 16th – Thursday 18th April 2019

Northern Ballet is to make its Northern Stage debut with an exhilarating programme of three short works by three of the UK’s most exciting young choreographers. Featuring The Kingdom of Back by Morgann Runacre-Temple, Mamela… by Mlindi Kulashe and The Shape of Sound by Kenneth Tindall; Northern Ballet at Northern Stage is in Newcastle for three performances only from 16 – 18 April 2019.

Northern Ballet at Northern Stage offers a new outlook on the Leeds-based company for audiences in the North East who will be most familiar with Northern Ballet’s full-length narrative ballets performed annually at Newcastle Theatre Royal. Having premièred this triple bill in October 2018, the performances at Northern Stage will be the first staging of this programme outside of Yorkshire for Northern Ballet, who recently won the Achievement in Dance award at the 2018 UK Theatre Awards.

The Kingdom of Back
Formerly Choreographer in Residence at Ballet Ireland, The Kingdom of Back is Morgann Runacre-Temple’s first creation for Northern Ballet. This new work presents an intimate portrait of Wolfgang Mozart’s elder sister and musical genius in her own right, Nannerl Mozart. Both humorous and moving, The Kingdom of Back offers a different lens on the world of the Mozart family drawing inspiration from the family’s letters and explores the complex relationship between Leopold Mozart and his two prodigious children. The piece features music by Frank Moon, JS Bach, and the music of Leopold and Wolfgang Mozart recorded by The Swingle Singers.

An emerging choreographer from within Northern Ballet’s Company of dancers, SouthAfrican born Mlindi Kulashe’s Mamela… (meaning ‘listen’ in Mlindi’s native language, Xhosa) is his choreographic debut. With themes of frustration, escapism and imprisonment, this thought-provoking piece encompasses the feeling of being trapped in the unknown and explores how society’s expectations affect us as individuals. Mamela… is performed to original music by Jack Edmonds which incorporates multi-lingual voices.

The Shape of Sound
The Shape of Sound is choreographed by the critically acclaimed Kenneth Tindall, who also created Northern Ballet’s award-winning Casanova which was screened on Sky Arts last year. Performed to Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasons reimagined by Max Richter, The Shape of Sound is an abstract piece inspired by the seasons and our human responses to them. The Shape of Sound is the sixth new work Kenneth has created for Northern Ballet and follows his celebrated pieces for previous mixed programmes The Architect and Luminous Junc·ture.

Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said: ‘We are delighted to be making our debut at Northern Stage with this exciting triple bill. We have built a loyal audience in the North East with our narrative ballets and now I am looking forward to offering something new to audiences in the region. As a company, we pride ourselves on being world-class storytellers but this triple bill also showcases the other face of Northern Ballet, shining a light on the outstanding technical abilities of our dancers in a programme that is contemporary, emotive and powerful.’

Photos by Emma Kauldhar.

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