25TH /26TH AUGUST – THE CRESCENT THEATRE , BIRMINGHAM
3RD SEPTEMBER – SADLER’S WELLS GALA, LONDON
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.
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.