14 March 2014 at 1.36pm | Comment on this article
Northern Ballet, the UK’s busiest touring ballet company, will perform in the Linbury Studio Theatre for the first time on 8 May.
The programme includes Hans van Manen’s Concertante, set to Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante; and Lar Lubovitch’s Concerto Six Twenty-Two, which marks Northern Ballet’s first work with one of America’s leading choreographers. Set to Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, the ballet is an inventive portrayal of male dance duets.
The programme also features the London premiere of Kenneth Tindall’s Luminous Junc•ture. Set to music by Wayne McGregor collaborators Max Richter (Infra/Sum) and Ólafur Arnalds (Dyad 1909), as well as film score composer Hans Zimmer, Luminous Junc•ture is Tindall’s second commission for Northern Ballet.
'It is a great thrill to able to showcase the immense talent of our dancers to audiences in Covent Garden,' says Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon. 'I am also delighted for Kenneth Tindall to be staging his work at such a high profile venue. It’s very important that we encourage and nurture such talent in our dancers; I’m sure that audiences in London will be seeing a lot more by Kenneth as his star rises in the years to come.'
With 40 dancers in the company, Northern Ballet is one of the UK's five largest dance companies and tours extensively both in the UK and overseas. The company mixes classical dance and theatre, and is renowned for its unique interpretations of classical works. In 2013, the Company performed The Great Gatsby to sell-out audiences at Sadler's Wells Theatre. Other full-length Northern Ballet productions include Cleopatra and Cinderella.