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Liz Coggins reviews Northern Ballet’s Dracula at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

ITS LOVE AT FIRST BITE
Liz Coggins reviews Northern Ballet’s Dracula
at West Yorkshire PlayhouseDavid Nixon’s production of Dracula is a full bloodied show with a dramatic bite.

The ballet, last performed in 2009, is an adaptation of Bram Stoker’s legendary novel published in 1897. It’s a dark and sinister tale played out through Northern Ballet’s unique blend of dance, gripping theatre,gothic sets and costumes.

In this work Nixon has successfully revealed the tormented world of the immortal count and it sits beautifully on the dark, cavernous stage of the Playhouse bringing the action and horror…





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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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