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REVIEW: Northern Ballet’s ‘Casanova’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2017

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The art of seduction is all about knowing what is alluring to your intended, appealing to their desires and successfully winning them over. Northern Ballet appreciates that its audiences yearn to be engrossed in narrative works and brings these to the stage through energetic and expressive choreography. With Casanova, the Company has raised the barre (ballet pun intended) to deliver what may well be its most impressive production to date.

Based on a scenario created by Giacomo Casanova’s biographer Ian Kelly and choreographer Kenneth Tindall, the ballet unmasks the legendary lothario to reveal the man behind all those hedonistic sexual conquests. The plot provides a fascinating glimpse into Casanova’s sensational experiences in decadent 18th century Venice and Paris. Exhilarating episodes blend together in cinematic style to divulge how the women – and men – Casanova encountered encouraged him to experience the pleasures of life through countless sexual adventures.

Choreographer Kenneth Tindall was a premier dancer with Northern Ballet from 2003 until 2015. Artistic Director David Nixon nurtured his transition into dancemaking. Casanova is the first ever full-length ballet Tindall has devised so it is fitting that he has embarked on this major undertaking with Northern Ballet. His vision, combined with the dramatic expertise of the Company’s dancers, means Casanova boasts both stunning physicality and absorbing storytelling.

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 21, 2017 at 4:45 pm

FEATURE: Unmasking Giuliano Contadini, the leading soloist currently starring in Northern Ballet’s ‘Casanova’ – April 2017

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Dancer Giuliano Contadini takes on the role of history’s most notorious playboy in Northern Ballet’s latest production, Casanova.

Giacomo Casanova is remembered for his luck with the ladies but this biographical ballet, choreographed by former Northern Ballet premier dancer Kenneth Tindall, promises to reveal the complex man behind all those hedonistic conquests.

Undoubtedly a great seducer, Casanova was also a gifted scholar with big ideas, a moral conscience and depressive tendencies. This Italian adventurer lived life passionately and recorded the highs and lows of his existence in vivid detail in his memoirs. It was these memoirs that inspired Tindall to embark on his first ever full-length work and informed his realisation of Casanova as a fully-rounded character.

Leading soloist Giuliano Contadini is the dancer Kenneth Tindall chose to create the role of Casanova on. Like Casanova, Giuliano is Italian. He also has the same initials as the legendary lothario!

 

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 17, 2017 at 10:17 am

NEWS: Northern Ballet’s ‘Goldilocks & the Three Bears’ will be just right for young visitors – Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2017

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Little ones are sure to love Northern Ballet’s Goldilocks & the Three Bears.  

The classic story is the latest offering in the Company’s award-winning Short Ballets for Small People series. It follows the hugely successful tours of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs, Elves & the Shoemaker and Tortoise & the Hare – all of which have been adapted for television by CBeebies.

With a running time of approximately forty minutes, these productions are especially created to introduce children and young families to the magic of live dance, music and theatre.

 

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 16, 2017 at 10:15 am

NEWS: Northern Ballet’s ‘Casanova’ prepares to lead audience members into temptation – Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2017

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Dance fans will be seduced by the world’s greatest lover when Northern Ballet brings its sensual new production to Milton Keynes Theatre.

The much-anticipated Casanova is award-winning choreographer Kenneth Tindall’s first ever full-length ballet. Now hot property as a dancemaker, Tindall was a premier dancer with Northern Ballet for twelve years before he retired from performing in 2015. This means he completely understands the internationally-acclaimed company’s ambition to tell stories that audiences can immerse themselves in and connect with.

Giacomo Casanova’s story is so sensational that it is hard to believe it is true. History’s most notorious playboy lived a life full of sexual conquests, scandal and adventure – and he wrote about it all in vivid detail in his memoirs.

Tindall, in collaboration with Casanova’s biographer Ian Kelly, has devised a scenario for his two-act ballet that will unmask the 18th Century Italian stallion and expose Casanova’s humanity. Between them, they have condensed twelve volumes of Casanova’s memoirs into 100 minutes of narrative-driven dance theatre.

 

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Written by Georgina Butler

April 7, 2017 at 7:56 pm

INTERVIEW with Olivia Holland, Dance Teacher and Artist, October 2016

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Dancer, dance teacher and artist Olivia Holland fills Georgina Butler in on how relocating to New Zealand has helped her to rediscover her passion for dance…

A graduate of the Royal Ballet School White Lodge and Elmhurst School for Dance, Olivia Holland’s professional dancing career has included contracts with Royal Ballet of Flanders (November 2011 – June 2012) and Northern Ballet (July 2012 – July 2015).

Ever since she started touring with Birmingham Royal Ballet while she was a student at Elmhurst, Olivia has been painting pictures inspired by her life as a dancer. These exquisite artworks are influenced by the performers she has worked with, the ballets she has danced in and the countries and theatres she has visited. A keen photographer, she has also recorded her experiences backstage in captivating snapshots.

Since Olivia last graced georginabutler.wordpress.com for an interview in June 2014, her entrepreneurial spirit and sense of adventure has taken her to the island nation of New Zealand, also known as the ‘Paradise of the Pacific’. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, motivated to continue painting and newly devoted to the art of teaching, Olivia is falling in love with dancing – and the life it has given her – all over again.

[© Olivia Holland]

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NEWS: World Ballet Day Live – Tuesday 4th October 2016

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One day. Five ballet companies. Live and Online.

World Ballet Day LIVE, the marathon live-stream featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the top ballet companies on the planet, returns on Tuesday 4th October 2016.

In my world, every day is ballet day! I fill as many of my waking hours as possible with dance writing, reviewing, studying and teaching – all while endeavouring to ensure I never miss any opportunity to participate in a ballet class myself. This means that I eat, breathe and sleep dance most days. Unsurprisingly, I have nothing but enthusiasm for World Ballet Day LIVE. The now-annual event brings balletomanes across the globe together, for one special day, to share in the sheer joy of watching professional ballet dancers do their thing.

The Australian Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada and San Francisco Ballet are the five leading companies opening up their studios to audiences during the 20 hours of non-stop broadcasting. Viewers will have the chance to observe each company’s morning ballet class; acquire insight into choreographic and rehearsal processes; hear from influential and inspiring industry insiders and discover more about ballet from incredibly talented individuals who have dedicated their lives to the art form.

 

 

 

 

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REVIEW: Northern Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2016

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Northern Ballet’s contemporary Swan Lake is overflowing with dance content and features a love triangle that makes the most of the Company’s premier dancers.

There is no definitive version of the iconic classical ballet so choreographers the world over endeavour to continue the history of this masterpiece in their own unique way. Set during the last days of the Belle Époque, Northern Ballet’s take on the tale provides a no-nonsense rationale for the main character’s connection to water and, thanks to its focus on three close friends experiencing intense and passionate emotions for each other, plenty of opportunities for dramatic partnering.

An atmospheric Prologue functions as an absorbing mini drama, recounting the lakeside loss that drives David Nixon’s inventive narrative.

 

Northern Ballet's Kenneth Tindall and Keiko Amemori in Swan Lake. Photo by Bill Cooper.

 

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