Time In Motion, 30th Anniversary Season

25TH /26TH AUGUST – THE CRESCENT THEATRE , BIRMINGHAM

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3RD SEPTEMBER – SADLER’S WELLS GALA, LONDON

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A mixed-bill programme, the 30th Anniversary Performance comprises an impressive array of short ballets that will take you on a compelling journey through time.  The performance opens with Christopher Hampson’s abstract ballet Carnival set to Saint-Saëns’s humorous score.  Next comes Jonathan Payn and Samira Saidi’s beautiful classical works, IKEN and Aspirations, followed by Etta Murfitt’s  characterful narrative work inspired by the Dream Ballet from Oklahoma!  We will then venture into the future with a bold, new contemporary piece by Rambert graduate Arielle Smith, a playful short ballet for our Junior Company by Louise Bennet, closing with a keenly anticipated premiere from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s First Artist and choreographer Ruth Brill.

Meet the Creative Team 

Our 30th Anniversary Season begins in Birmingham in August where we are hosting our annual Summer School at Elmhurst, closely followed by four performances at The Crescent Theatre.  Central to The National Youth Ballet’s ethos is fostering young talent, and providing a platform to perform.  Our Beyond Ballet mentoring programme, is going from strength to strength and this Season we have three emerging choreographers creating new works, three young students are developing their skills as rehearsal directors and we are thrilled to have Kenneth MacLeod, semi-finalist for The Linbury Prize for Stage Design, also joining The NYB team.

We are also delighted to announce that one of our Patron’s David Bintley, CBE, will be the guest Judge for our in-house choreographic competition which takes place at Summer School.  The winning piece will be showcased within our Time in Motion Season at both The Crescent Theatre and Sadler’s Wells.

Towards the close of 2016, The National Youth Ballet of Great Britain (The NYB) was delighted to appoint Mikah Smillie as its new Artistic Director.  Under her dynamic leadership, the NYB continues to provide a unique opportunity for young performers to perform to both newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces by the dance industry’s top choreographers.   This year we have reconfigured our casting strategy in an attempt to give every student in the main cast,  regardless of age or ability,  equal opportunities as much as we are able. This means that every student will be performing in at least two choreographic pieces.

Mikah is committed to broadening the reach of the Company across the UK and this year The National Youth Ballet held auditions in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester as well as London.  Masterclasses also took place alongside auditions, providing exciting opportunities to be taught by some of NYB’s professional ambassadors and alumni – Jonathan Payn, Erina Takashashi, James Streeter and Carrie Johnson.

 

Unveiling of the Jill Tookey Bronze for ‘Young Performer of The Season ‘

Celebrating the life of Founder

Jill Tookey CBE

 On what would have been Jill’s 80th Birthday, Jill’s family are thrilled to unveil a new bronze award to commemorate her life and achievements. Jill specifically asked her family to commission a new bronze to be awarded to a very special ‘Young Performer of The Season’.  Jill’s family took on the task of finding a sculptor who shared Jill’s joy of dance and pursuit of excellence and who would succeed in capturing this in a bronze dancer.

Back in September Moira Purver SWA, an established sculptor from Dorset, was approached. She seemed the perfect match with her love and enthusiasm for dance and the figurative form.  Moira works largely from life to capture the essence of the warmth and vitality and movement in the human form.   She was excited to be approached and set about working on an emotive bronze dancer.

Moira exhibits annually with the Society of Woman Artists in London and won an award for her sculpture ‘Male Torso’ in 2010. She exhibits regularly in London, Berkshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Devon.

We are so grateful to Moira for what I’m sure you agree is a stunning bronze and one an NYB dancer/s will be proud to be guardian of each year.  It symbolises the sheer joy of dance, the discipline and the outstanding beauty of the body as it moves through time and space.

The 2016 Young Performer of the Season was awarded to Jessica de Souza Lewis from Young Dancers Academy and Basil James from Tring Performing Arts School – two dedicated dancers that Jill knew well and greatly admired. Congratulations again to both.

 

Jill specifically asked her family to commission a new bronze to be awarded to a very special

‘Young Performer of The Season’.


Moira Purver SWA, an established sculptor from Dorset creating the special award . 

The 2016 Young Performer of the Season was awarded to Jessica de Souza Lewis from Young Dancers Academy and Basil James from Tring Performing Arts School – two dedicated dancers that Jill knew well and greatly admired. Congratulations again to both.

 

 

Cinderella Performance Skills Workshops

***Applications now closed***

Wednesday 27th May – Friday 29th May

Cinderella Performance Skills Workshops Flyer

This Spring, NYB will be holding another 3-Day Performance Skills Workshop for boys and girls aged 8 – 15yrs. The workshops will be held at Sawmill Studios, Brasted TN16 1JR and will run from 10am to 4pm each day.

The workshop will be based on NYB’s CINDERELLA and will give dancers a pre-season taster of the National Youth Ballet. The workshop will include dance, drama, make-up and performance skills.

For more information and to book your place on the workshop, please see the application form below.

Closing date Monday 11th May

 

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