Jamie McDonald (2004) is now performing with Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures
BBC Young Dancer of The Year will be announcing their finalists soon .
Following their success in BBC Young Dancer 2015, NYB Alumni Archie Sullivan and Paris Fitzpatrick have both gone on to secure places with Northern Ballet. NYB currently has three Alumni in the company.
NYB was delighted to hear of alumnus and choreographer for NYB, Drew McOnie’s success at the Olivier Awards 2016, held at the Royal Opera House. Drew was awarded Best Theatre Choreographer for In The Heights at King’s Cross Theatre.
Drew danced with NYB for many years before choreographing some of NYB’s favourite pieces including The Old Man of Lochnagar and more recently, Little Red Riding Hood with the score written by composer Tom Deering, also working alongside Drew in In The Heights.
A huge congratulations to Drew – very much deserved!
Created by NYB Alumnus Jonathan Watkins for Northern Ballet, this adaptation of George Orwell’s masterpiece was first performed in September 2015 and will be screened on BBC FOUR on 28th February 2016 at 7.30pm before touring in the Spring.
Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins and set to an original score by Tony-nominated composer Alex Baranowski, 1984 is ‘the ballet equivalent of a page-turner’ (The Stage). It features the use of cutting-edge digital technology with video designs by Andrezej Goulding, to bring George Orwell’s dystopian vision to life. ‘1984’ was filmed at Manchester’s Palace Theatre, during the first leg of its World Première Tour in Autumn 2015.
More information & tickets for the tour available at northernballet.com
Jessica talks to Chloe Brown of the Evening Standard to discuss her recent run at the Almeida Theatre and life after Downton Abbey.
After dancing with NYB for many years, Jessica Brown Findlay moved into theatre after leaving a ballet career at 19 due to injury. Jessica has since starred in Winter’s Tale alongside Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe, BBC’s Jamaica Inn, Channel 4’s Black Mirror and maybe most memorably, the BBC’s Downton Abbey as Lady Sybil.
We are now excited to learn she makes her stage debut later this month in a brand new production of Greek tragedy Oresteia at London’s Almeida Theatre.
English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition is now in its 6th year, and this year’s final will be held at London’s Southbank Centre (Queen Elizabeth Hall) on March 23rd.
Back in 2013, NYB Alumnus Nancy Osbaldeston won the award and we are very excited to see no less than three NYB Alumni in the final 8 this year! We send our congratulations to Max Westwell, James Streeter and Anjuli Hudson and look forward to an exciting night in March.
The annual competition allows English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company.
After catching no less than 7 NYB Alumni in New Adventures’ Edward Scissorhands before Christmas, we’ve been busy spotting many more in productions around the world!
In early January, NYB’s Jill Tookey went along to the Royal Opera House to see the wonderful Téo Dubreuil, now artist with The Royal Ballet, after his performance in Don Quixote (Jill & Téo pictured below):
Last week, Jill also caught up with Alumnus Marianne Phillips backstage at the New Wimbledon Theatre during a run of Cinderella…
We are also delighted to read a wonderful review of Danish Royal Ballet’s six part programme at Joyce Theater, New York from Robert Greskovic (Wall Street Journal). ‘Where Men Take the Lead‘ mentions our wonderful Alumnus Gregory Dean. Click the link below to read the full article…
“…lean and graciously smiling Gregory Dean stood out. […] Mr. Dean impressed not only for his ability to cleave the air and control his often tricky turns, but for the cool stasis and certainty of stance that punctuated his choreographic forays…”
More news soon…
Congratulations to NYB alumni Will Bozier, Tim Hodges, Katy Lowenhoff, Bethany Pike, Katie Webb, Jack Jones and Gareth Johnson who have all been cast in the New Adventures new production of Edward Scissorhands. The show is touring major theatres across the UK until March 2015.
NYB’s Artistic Director Jill Tookey with 7 NYB Alumni at stage door of Sadler’s Wells, Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands.
Front left to right: Katy Lowenhoff, Bethany Pike, Jill Tookey, Katie Webb
Back – Jack Jones, Gareth Johnson (Charlton), Tim Hodges & Will Bozier
We are excited to announce that NYB Alumnus Jack Allen is back to join Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s smash-hit musical CATS on its UK Tour, kicking off in May 2014.
After taking the role of Mr Mistoffelees on its European Tour in 2012, Jack is now back to play his favourite role of Carbucketty.
The NYB were lucky enough to have Jack take a fantastic CATS workshop at its Summer School 2013. We hope to invite him back this year to take another inspiring workshop with our 2014 Cast!
CATS kicks off in May and tickets can be bought HERE.