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Feature The queen of all ballets: Cleopatra is back

Northern Ballet brings the remarkable story of one of the world’s best-known icons, Cleopatra, back to the stage at Leeds Grand Theatre from Thu 6 – Sat 15 Mar 2014. Cleopatra premiered in Leeds in February 2011 and toured extensively throughout the UK. Seen by more than 54,000 people and generating more than £1 million at the box office, Cleopatra returns in 2014 for a limited period only.

Cleopatra is choreographed by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE to a score, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia, by celebrated Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, best…

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Liz Coggins reviews Northern Ballet’s new production

A few words can describe David Nixon’s new production of Cleopatra – powerful, passionate and dramatic.


In 2011 this work was the first full-length ballet to be created in the company’s new premises and was highly acclaimed by critics and public alike.


Now Nixon has revived and taken a fresh look at this work with the result that when you thought things couldn’t get any better, they do.


The specially commissioned music by Claude-Michel Schonberg is quite simply magnficient with rich orchestrations that leave you in no doubt as to the mood and emotions of the scene.…

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Interview David Nixon OBE

Ali Schofield talks to the Artistic Director of Northern Ballet about Cleopatra, censorship and why Lady Gaga has been an inspiration

David Nixon OBE has just threatened to staple one of his dancers back together. It’s not that he’s an unkind man – quite the opposite, his dancers seem to love him – but his first new ballet in three years, Cleopatra premieres soon, the male Northern Ballet dancers are rehearsing a fight scene and he will do anything to avoid losing anyone to injury.

He has allowed me to sit in on rehearsals at the company’s new headquarters on Quarry Hill. Despite being days away from the first performance at the Grand on 26th February, he is still making tweaks…

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