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The Royal Ballet to join forces with Hull dancers to perform Swan Lake across the city

The Company will celebrate Hull as UK City of Culture 2017 with a day of Swan Lake-inspired activities and a gala evening at the New Theatre in September 2017.

By Mel Spencer (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

28 February 2017 at 5.19pm | 9 Comments

The Royal Ballet will perform a programme of works as part of Hull's UK City of Culture celebrations on 16 September 2017.

The day will involve a number of of Swan Lake-inspired activities across the city and a gala evening opening the newly-refurbished New Theatre, bringing together artists from Hull with Royal Ballet Principals and Soloists.

Dancers will also take part in Take Flight, a community dance project inspired by flying. Choreographed by members of The Royal Ballet and five local dance groups, Take Flight will culminate in 100 performers and members of the community presenting a re-imagined version of the famous cygnet pas de quatre from Swan Lake throughout the city.

Joining The Royal Ballet on stage during the gala will be some of the exciting dance talent emerging in the city today including two of Hull’s own stars from the world of dance: Mariinsky Ballet Soloist Xander Parish and Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Joseph Caley.

Hull-born Kevin O'Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, said: 'I am immensely proud of my roots in Hull, and what has been achieved so far in the city’s year as UK City of Culture. For me this opportunity to return to my home city, for the Company to take to the stage in the magnificent setting of Hull’s refurbished New Theatre and to create new links with the young talent of Hull is unique and special for all of us.'

Hull has been the cradle of development of an extraordinary number of ballet and dance stars. The Skelton Hooper School of Dance, led by Vanessa Hooper, who performed with The Royal Ballet, has discovered more talented ballet dancers than any other in the UK. Among these, 24 of its pupils have won places at the Royal Ballet School; Xander Parish is the first ever Briton to dance with Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet, and his sister, Demelza, is currently an First Artist with The Royal Ballet.

Tickets for The Royal Ballet: Opening the New are not currently on sale. Details will be announced in due course.

By Mel Spencer (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

28 February 2017 at 5.19pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Ballet, Hull, kevin o'hare, Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet, UK City of Culture 2017

This article has 9 comments

  1. malcolm butler responded on 28 February 2017 at 6:59pm Reply

    supply info for booking for royal ballet

    • Mel Spencer (Content Producer (Social Media and News)) responded on 2 March 2017 at 3:21pm

      Thank you all for your comments. Tickets are not currently available but details will be announced in due course. I have amended the blog to reflect this information and will share a ticket link as soon as they become available.

      Many thanks,

      Mel

    • David Robertson responded on 8 May 2017 at 5:46pm

      I agree regarding the phenomenal amount of talent to come from the Hull area, and indeed still producing very good dancers from other top notch schools, such as The Arts Garage at Saltend. This is a relatively new school, but it's like a conveyor belt turning out dancers year after year, to go on to graduate, and join dance companies.

  2. malcolm butler responded on 28 February 2017 at 7:00pm Reply

    booking details ?

  3. Kelly Shakesby responded on 28 February 2017 at 7:49pm Reply

    How do we book?

  4. Mimi Gordon responded on 1 March 2017 at 12:13pm Reply

    This sounds fantastic! Please give details of how + when we can book!! Thanks...

  5. Valerie Knight responded on 2 March 2017 at 3:37pm Reply

    Wouldn't it be great if the BBC could televise this Gala Concert?

  6. Absolutely wonderful. Delighted to see Kevin bringing it all back home, and delighted that the Royal Ballet and other 'Hull alumni' will be taking part in Hull's incredible year as UK City of culture.

    Skelton Hooper is where it all started for so many successful dancers. However, it doesn't just produce great dancers. Vanessa Hooper has that rare capacity to give caring attention to every child. So, every child benefits from the discipline, expression, creativity and pure fun of dance. A very special dance school.

  7. David Robertson responded on 8 May 2017 at 5:48pm Reply

    I just hope the people of Hull will get chance to see The RB perform in their CoC year.

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