OPENS AT THE LEEDS GRAND THEATRE ON 17 JUNE
For the first time since March 2020 Northern Ballet is returning to Leeds Grand Theatre, with performances of Swan Lake from 17 – 26 June 2021. A modern take on the iconic classic with all the beauty for which Swan Lake is renowned, this adaptation is choreographed by David Nixon OBE and performed to Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score.
These performances mark the reopening of Leeds Grand Theatre which closed its doors due to Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020. The last performance to be held at the venue prior to its closure was the world première of Northern Ballet’s Geisha.
This unique adaptation of one of ballet’s most famous love stories is set in New England at the start of the 20th century, a time of long lazy summers and old-world grace. Haunted by a childhood tragedy resulting in the death of his beloved brother, Anthony looks to the water for answers. After an ethereal swan-like creature emerges, Anthony finds an unknown joy and freedom he has not felt since he was a boy. But, on returning home, he finds himself conflicted – torn between his two friends, the mystical swan beckons – what path will Anthony choose?
The production is choreographed and directed by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. It features sets designed by Dave Gillan, lighting by Peter Mumford, and the unforgettable score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
David Nixon OBE said: ‘It is wonderful to finally be returning to Leeds Grand Theatre after such a long-time away. We have missed our home audiences there and cannot wait to perform live for them once again
Our Swan Lake, with the iconic Tchaikovsky score, is the perfect production to reawaken the magic of ballet for our audiences. While our production offers a different telling to traditional versions, it remains true to the spirit of the story and incorporates popular elements that audiences will be familiar with, including the memorable music and dance of the four cygnets.’
Tickets for this beautiful and tragic tale of love and obsession are on sale now. To book visit leedsheritagetheatres.com