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Northern Ballet’s 1984 comes to Leeds

The Northern Ballet, a dance company renowned for its bold and inventive dance productions, returns to its home town of Leeds this September for a spectacular adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984.

Founded in 1969 the Northern Ballet has grown to be one of the best-known dance companies in the world, taking inspiration from an eclectic mix of classical dance, theatre, literature, opera and popular culture to create a range of popular adaptations of classic ballets. Northern Ballet are three time consecutive winners of the Audience Award, which is an award voted for by the public, and the Outstanding Classical Female Performance award was recently won by the company’s premier dancer Martha Leebolt.

This September, Northern Ballet are presenting George Orwell’s 1984, at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds City Centre. Performances will be running from Saturday 5 September to Saturday 12 September and tickets are priced between £15 and £38.50, with concession prices available.

George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 takes place in Airstrip One – formerly known as Great Britain. The novel follows the life of Winston Smith, an employee of the Ministry of Truth, which is a department of the totalitarian government headed up by the tyrannous Big Brother. Under the omniscient watchful eye of Big Brother, and the perpetual wars that rage throughout the novel, Smith’s secret hatred for the party leads to his ultimate dream of rebellion.

The Northern Ballet has reimagined this classic novel with the help of guest choreographer and former Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins and a new score from Tony nominated composer Alex Baranowski which will be played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.