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balletLORENT is a leading UK contemporary dance company based in Newcastle upon Tyne, regularly touring the UK with wide-ranging and visually stunning productions that appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Founded in 1993 by Artistic Director Liv Lorent (MBE), the company creates fantastical, heartfelt and beautiful dance that is inclusive and inviting.

We are supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) in our endeavour to deliver an eclectic programme of dance for audiences of all ages, in diverse settings and with world-class collaborators. In 2015, balletLORENT became a registered charity.

balletLORENT’s current artistic programme supports the growing demand for high quality family work at middle-large scale. This year, we celebrate our third and final instalment of our trilogy of classic Brothers Grimm fairytale adaptations with Rumpelstiltskin following the highly successful Rapunzel and Snow White. We are humbled to be working with the same world-class collaborative team, including Carol Ann Duffy (Scenario Writer), Murray Gold (Composer), Michele Clapton (Costume Designer), Phil Eddolls (Set Designer), Malcolm Rippeth (Lighting Designer) and Ben Crompton (Narrator). Rumpelstiltskin is commissioned by Sadler's Wells and co-produced by Northern Stage.


A young alchemist seeks to find acceptance, family and love and uses his secret art of making gold to help save the girl and her flock of sheep from an angry King.


Rumpelstiltskin premiered at Northern Stage in October 2017 and in March 2018 the Company will begin a UK touring programme visiting 16 venues in England, Scotland and Wales including Sadler's Wells, Hull Truck, CAST Doncaster, Eden Court Inverness, Dundee Rep and Pontio Bangor.

A new commission from The Space with partners including the BBC and Arts Council England led to the live recording of Rumpelstiltskin filmed at Northern Stage. The Space project supports baletLORENT'S aim of making its work accessible to all through digital distribution.

Talent development remains a priority as a company. We will continue to offer dance education of the highest standard to all ages, provide professional development opportunities for apprentice dancers who will work with the Company as part of their coursework as Postgraduate students at London Contemporary Dance School. In 2017, balletLORENT will host two graduates; Maria Vincentelli and Benedicta Valentina. Our Company of dancers whose ages span over several decades from 22-52yrs will continue to be supported offering continuous development and employment. We will further develop our high quality participatory and performance opportunities through Rumpelstiltskin by engaging a cross-generational community cast of children aged 5-9 years and older people from 60+ at every place that we tour as well as an extensive programme in Newcastle upon Tyne.


It is rare for a contemporary dance company to aim for direct expressions of qualities such as tenderness, wonder and warmth; but you sense them in the work of Liv Lorent and that makes her a natural to create a piece for children.
The Guardian


Art should not leave you out in the cold; it should open the door to a possibility of a fuller, richer life. For me this happened with a performance by balletLORENT.
Financial Times


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balletLORENT holds at its heart a strong commitment to offer its audience - adults and children alike - a memorable high quality dance experience. This is getting progressively harder to do as budgets continue to be squeezed year on year. We are ever reliant on your help.

There are many ways that you can help the company to continue its good work; whether it be to support the creation of a new piece of work and the considerable costs that this requires, supporting a young dance graduate, or a contribution towards our education programme. So if you are able to, your support will be hugely beneficial in making our artistic vision a reality.

If you would like to support our ongoing work, including our Education & Community projects and the development of our next production, Rumpelstiltskin, you can do so using the Join Today button.

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balletLORENT Limited is a registered charity in England and Wales (no.1162921) and a registered company (no.05093450)