Geisha is an evocative original ballet, by choreographer Kenneth Tindall. The first new production of Northern Ballet’s 50th anniversary year, Geisha sees the lives of two young women torn painfully apart as encounters from beyond the grave unleash an unexpected vengeance on their world. Geisha premières from 14 – 21 March 2020 at The Leeds Grand Theatre before commencing a national tour.
In Northern Ballet’s Geisha, Aiko and Okichi are inseparable until a collision between East and West begins to change their lives forever. Bound to be hospitable to their western visitors, the two young geishas find themselves irrevocably set on different paths. As Okichi falls into despair, she seeks freedom from dishonour in death. But, instead of finding peace, Okichi passes through the veil of the spirit world and returns to the world of the living as a ghostly apparition. Driven by hurt and rage, she takes her revenge and heedlessly shatters Aiko’s life. Now, only an act of true devotion will help Okichi find redemption.
Geisha is the second full-length ballet choreographed by Kenneth Tindall, Northern Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence, whose previous work for the Company includes the acclaimed Casanova. The original score is composed by Alexandra Harwood and will be played live at every performance by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Sets and costumes are designed by Christopher Oram, with lighting by Alastair West. Gwyneth Hughes has written the libretto and Historical Consultant Lesley Downer completes the creative team.
Tickets for Geisha are on sale now. To book visit leedsgrandtheatre.com or call the Box Office on 0844 848 2700*.