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Wednesday 13 June 2018
balletLORENT Announced as Northern Stage Associate Artist 2018-20

As part of Northern Stage’s ongoing commitment to supporting the independent sector in the North East, the theatre has announced the appointment of five Associate Artists: balletLORENT, Curious Arts, Curious Monkey, Gateway Studio (Martin and Debbie Hylton) and Luca Rutherford.

The associate artist scheme will be mutually beneficial, with the artists and venue sharing ideas, experience and skills. We are thrilled to be involved in this fantastic new programme and look forward to our future with the other artists involved.

You can read more here

We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary at Northern Stage with After Dark, four nightly events, cabaret-style, running from Wednesday 7 November to Saturday 10 November this year. These very special nights are an exclusive chance to experience scenes inspired by the ever popular la nuit intime and The Night Ball, with some original dances to savour for the very first time. There will be an exhibition of unseen photographs from the archive, a celebration of the Newcastle-based company’s heritage and a soundtrack of their favourite music and songs.

You can book your tickets here

Friday 1 June 2018
balletLORENT Finance & Administration Manager

This is a new post to support the strategic development and growth of the Company. We are seeking a dynamic, hardworking Finance & Administration Manager with at least three years experience and someone who can thrive managing a mixed workload as part of a small but highly effective team. The successful candidate will lead the administrative and financial operations of the company to ensure that our company runs smoothly in order to help drive our large-scale productions, touring and participation programmes.

The successful candidate will have exceptional skills in financial management, report writing and HR; accuracy and attention to detail are key components of this role.

balletLORENTis a busy and ambitious organisation. A passion for your work and for the Company’s future development is essential.

This is a full time post, but we would consider a job share.

If you would like to discuss the role in advance please email christine@balletlorent.com
 

If interested please fill out the application form and equal opportunities form and email them to christine@balletlorent.com by Wednesday 27 June 2018 12 noon with interviews being held on Friday 6 July

To Apply:

Read the job description

Read the person specification

Complete the application form

Complete the equal opportunities form

Monday 21 May 2018
balletLORENT Privacy Notice and GDPR Statement

A new Data Protection law is coming into force on the 25th May 2018. We want to make sure that you know what data we hold, and how we use it.

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Thursday 12 April 2018
balletLORENT nominated for Performance of the Year at the 2018 Journal Culture Awards

We are thrilled to have been nominated for Performance of the Year for Rumpelstiltskin at Northern Stage for the 2018 Journal Culture Awards.

The awards ceremony takes place at Hexham Abbey on 24 May and we can't wait.

We want to say a big thank you to everyone who has nominated and supported us on our magical journey.

Friday 30 March 2018
balletLORENT launches Kickstarter campaign to support Rumpelstiltkin's intergenerational community cast

At balletLORENT we are currently touring Rumpelstiltskin, our latest family production, to 14 middle and large scale theatres across the UK. Rumpelstiltskin is the third in a trilogy of Brothers’ Grimm fairytales, created by Liv Lorent and retold by Carol Ann Duffy.

As with our previous productions, the professional dancers will be joined on stage by a community cast; this time comprised of 10 children (aged 5-9) and 4 older people (aged 65+) drawn from the local area.

The Company’s priority is to find talent, regardless of social background or previous dance experience. This Kickstarter will enable us to take creative workshops into local schools and day centres across the UK to find children and adults who do not readily have the opportunity to take part in creative activity, and support their journey through to the performance. Money raised through Kickstarter will pay for workshops for the autum leg of the tour visiting Darlington, Aberdeen, Inverness, Kirkcaldy, Warwick, Doncaster and Bangor.

We are aiming to raise £3,650 which will pay for the delivery of two days of creative workshops in each local area. The activity will engage with approximately 630 children and 100 older people – that’s only £5 per person for a life changing opportunity.

People who have taken part in the early stages of the tour have found it to be a rewarding experience, building their confidence, aspirations, social interaction and promoting heatlh and wellbeing.

The intergenerational community cast are chosen through creative workshops delivered in primary schools and day centres. Activity is age appropriate; themed around knitting and wool winding techniques that are suitable to the aesthetic of the production, which is set in a rural world of sheep, straw, wool and spinning. After selection the final cast will rehearse and perform with our professional dancers at their local theatre.

If you want to donate and/or spread the word, you can find our Kickstarter page here, where you will find a video about the project and all of the rewards available to backers.

Thursday 1 February 2018
balletLORENT becomes Sadler's Wells national partner

balletLORENT, the award-winning, Newcastle-based dance company was named as a Sadler’s Wells National Partner on Thursday 1 February.

The partnership cements the close working relationship that both organisations have enjoyed over the past 10 years and sets out a mutually beneficial plan for the future.

The announcement comes as balletLORENT prepares to begin a national tour of its latest production, Rumpelstiltskin, in March.

The show, the third in a trilogy of fairy tales created by balletLORENT, premiered at Northern Stage, Newcastle, in October 2017 and will tour to theatres across the UK, including Sadler’s Wells on 29-30 March.

Liv Lorent, founder and Artistic Director of balletLORENT, said: “This partnership represents an important statement of confidence in balletLORENT by Sadler’s Wells and we are delighted to become a National Partner.

“Our relationship has developed steadily from the programming of our first fairy tale Angelmoth, as part of Sadler’s Wells family weekend in 2008, to Sadler's Wells commissioning three, full-length narrative works for family audiences with Rapunzel in 2013/14 Snow White in 2016 and for this Easter Rumpelstiltskin on their main stage.

“Over the last 10 years Sadler's Wells has given balletLORENT invaluable critical support and artistic advice, which has been significant in terms of growth and opportunity.

“We are proud to base ourselves in Newcastle where we have close links to schools and community groups; it is also important for us to tour our work widely and this partnership with Sadler’s Wells endorses our ambitious approach and encourages us to continue high-level collaboration.”

Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler's Wells theatre, said: “Liv's strong and original choreographic voice creates work that fascinates both children and adults. We have been supporting balletLORENT for a number of years, providing the company with a London platform to reach wide audiences and co-producing shows, including the fairy tale trilogy. I'm delighted we're now building on this relationship, with balletLORENT becoming a National Partner Company of Sadler's Wells."

As part of the formal partnership Sadler’s Wells has agreed to regularly present balletLORENT’S work in its theatres, support the development of work with co-production funding, develop balletLORENT’S presence in London as well as further afield and publicise the company’s tours and events.

balletLORENT will give Sadler’s Wells a regional presence in the North East of England and access to the professional services of Artistic Director and Choreographer Liv Lorent for selected Sadler’s Wells projects. Liv will continue to work with Sadler’s Wells to provide professional development opportunities for younger artists as well as mentorship and leadership guidance.

The announcement comes just days after balletLORENT’S Rumpelstiltskin was shortlisted as ‘Best Family Event’ in a national awards’ scheme.

Fantastic for Families is a year-round campaign run by the Family Arts Campaign and supported by Arts Council England. The winners of the Fantastic for Families awards will be announced on 1 March in Leeds.

Thursday 25 January 2018
balletLORENT shortlisted for national award

Dance theatre company balletLORENT’S latest work, Rumpelstiltskin, has been shortlisted as ‘Best Family Event’ in a national awards’ scheme.

The show, the final in a trilogy of Grimm fairytales, which the Newcastle-based company premiered at Northern Stage in October 2017, is preparing to tour the UK from March to November 2018.

Liv Lorent, balletLORENT’s artistic director and choreographer, said: “Following the success of our earlier fairytales, Rapunzel and Snow White, we’re pleased that Rumpelstiltskin is being so well received by audiences to date. Rumpelstiltskin is the story of an outsider with secret power and knowledge. He is the original super mutant, a fairytale X-Man in a story that is equally relevant and accessible to children and adults. Reaching the shortlist as ‘Best Family Event’ is wonderful recognition of this.”

Fantastic for Families is a year-round initiative run by the Family Arts Campaign and supported by Arts Council England. The winners of the Fantastic for Families awards will be announced on 1 March in Leeds.

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Apprentice Opportunity: balletLORENT / London Contemporary Dance School

Through London Contemporary Dance School’s Postgraduate programme, balletLORENT is seeking male or female apprentice dancers to join a cast of professional dancers and cross generational community members for its latest production, Rumpelstiltskin.

The successes of Rapunzel and Snow White have inspired Artistic Director Liv Lorent and her team of world class collaborators to produce a dance theatre adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, created for family audiences. balletLORENT's mystical adaptation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale is written by Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy and choreographed by Liv Lorent. co-produced by Northern Stage and commissioned by Sadler's Wells.

We are looking for one or two apprentice dancers to feature as an ensemble member of the cast in this full-length production, with potential to understudy one of the lead character roles. You will be performing alongside 8 professional dancers as well as a 12 strong cast of young children and older people 70+.

Rehearsals will take place in Newcastle upon Tyne from early March 2018, with performances across the UK from March – May, and from August – November. Middle and large scale venues will include Sadler’s Wells, The Lowry, Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield, as well as theatres in Scotland, Wales and northern England. Each venue has a minimum of two performances.

There may be other research periods and teaching throughout the year.

As well as excellent creative and performance skills, we are looking for apprentices with a particular interest in developing teaching practice, and working with community members as we recruit our non-professional casts.

Our experienced company of dancers, ranging in ages from 20s-50s, are excellent creators, performers, teachers and mentors. New apprentices will be able to share in this invaluable pool of expertise and knowledge, and will be encouraged to develop as curious and generous artists within the company setting.

 

 

If successful, apprentices must enrol on a postgraduate course at London Contemporary Dance School. More information about the course, including fees can be found here: lcds.ac.uk/postgraduate

Auditions will be held at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 6th December – 12.30-6pm. Selected candidates will be invited to interview at the end of the day

Please send a short CV (max 2 pages) and short video link of recent work, clearly identifying yourself to james@balletlorent.com

Applicants must have completed undergraduate training before Feb 18.

Deadline for applications: Monday 27th November 2017 Applicants will be notified by Wednesday 29th November 2017 as to whether they may attend the audition.

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balletLORENT's Funding Renewed by Arts Council England

We are thrilled that Arts Council England will continue to support balletLORENT through its National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funding for the period 2018-22.

This funding will allow balletLORENT to continue to create and deliver a high quality programme of dance for audiences of all ages and continue to develop our dance education offer, providing professional development opportunities for apprentice dancers. Our Company of dancers, aged between 22-50yrs, will be supported with longer freelance contracts and will be actively involved in the making and touring of our productions.

We will also be able to build upon our performance and participation programme, working with children, young people and their families throughout Newcastle and Nationally, and engage with a diverse range of community groups of all ages.

Artistic Director, Liv Lorent MBE says of the decision, "It has been a very challenging time for balletLORENT to be making and touring mid-scale work of such a professional standard while supported by an infrastructure more suitable for small-scale work. All the staff, freelance dancers and collaborators, board, stakeholders and supporters have helped prop up balletLORENT to get through these very difficult years. Thank you to all of you who have contributed to our existence to date. It is an honour to receive public money to achieve the work we are inspired to make, and we are grateful to live in a civilisation where this is possible. We promise to live up to this investment in us, continue to create the best work we can, and share it with our brilliant and growing eclectic audiences and participants."

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balletLORENT's prestigious commission from The Space

We are delighted to announce that we have received a commission from The Space to capture a live recording of Rumpelstiltskin for digital distribution, officially announced as part of the wider Culture UK announcement that took place at the BBC Radio Studio, London.

Rumpelstiltskin will be filmed during its premiere week at Northern Stage in October 2017. The Space project will provide an important opportunity for balletLORENT to make its work more accessible and primarily reaching those who are least engaged by sharing our high quality dance theatre production for family audiences digitally.

Artistic Director, Liv Lorent (MBE) says:

“I am privileged to have been part of the audience at BBC Radio Theatre this morning and hear the exciting announcement from Tony Hall that major cultural organisations are coming together with an ambition to attract new audiences to the arts. 

We are delighted that balletLORENT is one of the national companies that is to be supported by The Space, and has been included as part of an exciting launch of digital work today.

Being able to connect with audiences has been at the heart of balletLORENT's reason for existing, and we are excited to reach people through a digital medium where enjoyment of our work will become more freely available to those who are unable to see us live in theatres”

About The Space

The Space is a commissioning and development organisation, established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. The Space is committed to supporting and facilitating the UK arts sector to realise its digital ambitions. The organisation commissions arts projects and provides a production and distribution pipeline to ensure that these projects reach a wide and diverse range of audiences.

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balletLORENT has a new Chair

balletLORENT, one of the UK’s leading contemporary dance theatre companies based in Newcastle upon Tyne, has announced that Philip Bernays, Chief Executive of Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust has been elected as the new Chair by their Board of Trustees.

Philip Bernays says: ”I'm delighted to have been asked to Chair balletLORENT, a Company with a long history of excellent work and a bright future. Liv is a great choreographer and her work really excites and inspires. It is a real honour to be working with her and the team.”

The appointment follows the departure of Richard Bliss. Richard has served on balletLORENT’s Board since 2004 and took over as Chair of the Board in 2012. During his tenure, the company has successfully developed from a small to middle and large scale touring company, regularly visiting 16 theatres across the UK including; Sadler’s Wells, Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Northern Stage.

Richard Bliss leaves balletLORENT to concentrate on his new career in the charity sector outside the arts.

Richard Bliss says: "It has been a great privilege to Chair the balletLORENT Board for the last 5 years. In spite of successive governments attacking funding for the arts, Liv Lorent, Christine Grimwood and the rest of the team have grown balletLORENT from a small touring company into one of the leading contemporary dance companies in the UK.  I leave the Board in the very safe hands of Phillip Bernays, and I know that he and the rest of the Board will lead the company to even greater success."

Liv Lorent says “I am indebted to Richard Bliss for his support as Chair. We will miss his many qualities that have helped guide the company and support me, the dancers and the staff of balletLORENT. We all wish him well. We continue to feel very optimistic about balletLORENT’S future in the hands of Philip Bernays’s and his level of experience and excellent reputation within the sector that will support balletLORENT’s vision and continue to thrive and deliver the art we are passionate about creating.”

balletLORENT Easter Dance Intensive, 10-13 April 2017

If you're aged 7 to 11 and you want to learn new dance skills in an encouraging and artistic environment, then the balletLORENT Easter Dance Intensive is for you.

Delivered by experienced company dancers, each day will start with a dance class, focusing on contemporary dance styles.

Over the course of four days we will delve into the wonderful world of balletLORENT, looking at how we create our productions, with sessions in movement, choreography, and dance theatre skills.


Essential Information

»10-13 April 2017

» Jesmond United Reformed Church, NE2 3AE

» 9.30am - 4.30pm

» For children 7-11 years

» Suitable for all levels and experience


Cost: £120 inc VAT

Early bird discount: £98 if booked before 24 February 2017

Arts Award Discover: £8


To book:

Complete the booking form or for info Call 0191 233 1811 or Email james@balletlorent.com



Arts Award

Through balletLORENT’s Easter Dance Intensive, children will be given an opportunity to complete Arts Award Discover level. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible. It deepens engagement with arts and culture, develops both creative and leadership skills, and importantly the Arts Award leads to a national qualification. This part of the Easter Dance Intensive is optional for a small additional cost. Please ask for more information.

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balletLORENT Fundraiser 2017

Come and join us for a fantastic night of comedy at The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle on 20th February 2017 in support of balletLORENT's community cast project. We are aiming to bring together a community cast of children and older people who will then perform in our new production of Rumpelstiltskin which will premiere at Northern Stage in October 2017.

Talent development remains our priority as a company. We will continue to offer dance education of the highest standard to all ages, provide professional development opportunities for young graduates and our own dancers, and further develop our high quality participatory and performance opportunities for children and older people by engaging a community cast at every place we tour to with Rumpelstiltskin.

We fundraise to make this free of charge, which ensures people from all backgrounds can access this life changing experience. Your support is vital to make this happen!

When: Monday 20th February 2017

Where: The Stand Comedy Club, 31 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1EW

Time: 8:30pm (Doors at 7pm)

Acts: The Mimic Men (aka Cal Halbert & Alfie Joey), Ben Crompton, Katherine Tanney, David Callaghan, and all compered by Hal Branson.

Ticket Price: Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from balletLORENT's office at Dance City (Temple St, Newcastle, NE1 4BR) or by calling 0191 233 1811 or The Stand Box Office on 0191 300 9700. Or you can pay via PayPal by clicking the Buy Now button below.

balletLORENT Seeking Apprentice Dancers

Through London Contemporary Dance School’s Postgraduate programme, balletLORENT is seeking apprentice dancers to join a cast of professional dancers and cross generational community members for a new production of Rumpelstiltskin.

Rumpelstiltskin will be the third of balletLORENT's trilogy of fairytale adaptations written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and choreographed by Liv Lorent. balletLORENT's mystical adaptation of this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale is co-produced by Northern Stage and commissioned by Sadler's Wells.

The successes of Rapunzel and Snow White have inspired Artistic Director Liv Lorent and her team of world class collaborators to work together to create a trilogy of fairytales. Carol Ann Duffy, Murray Gold (Musical Director, BBC Dr Who & five time BAFTA nominated composer), and Phil Eddolls join Liv and the balletLORENT team once again, for this dance theatre adaptation of Rumpelstiltskin, created for family audiences.

Rapunzel and Snow White both toured extensively to middle-large scale venues across the UK including Sadler’s Wells, Northern Stage, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, CAST Doncaster, and Oxford Playhouse, and it is anticipated that Rumpelstiltskin will tour on a similar scale.

Research and Development for the production begins in Feb 17, with rehearsals and community engagement work throughout the spring and summer. Previews will take place in September before the premiere performances in October.

Further rehearsals, community cast recruitment work and touring will begin early 18 and tour until at least May 18, and apprentices would be expected to commit to this full length of the project.

There may be other research periods and teaching throughout the year.

This is a part-time apprenticeship position. Apprentices would spend a maximum of 36 weeks with balletLORENT, but if fewer weeks are required then they would complete alternative Modules at LCDS.

As well as excellent creative and performance skills, we are looking for apprentices with a particular interest in developing teaching practice, and working with community members as we recruit our non-professional casts.

Our experienced company of dancers, ranging in ages from 20s-50s, are excellent creators, performers, teachers and mentors. New apprentices will be able to share in this invaluable pool of expertise and knowledge, and will be encouraged to develop as curious and generous artists within the company setting.

If successful, apprentices must enrol on a postgraduate course at London Contemporary Dance School. More information about the course, including fees can be found here: www.lcds.ac.uk/developing-artistic-practice

Auditions will be held at Dance City, Newcastle upon Tyne on 6th December 2016

Please send a short CV (max 2 pages) and short video link of recent performance work, clearly identifying yourself to james@balletlorent.com

Applicants must have completed undergraduate training before Feb 17.

Deadline for applications: 12pm Tuesday 29th November.

Applicants will be notified by 2nd December as to whether they may attend the audition.

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Apprentice Dancers Sought
OPEN CALL for balletLORENT's Snow White Young Cast Auditions - PONTIO

balletLORENT is looking for children to be a part of our production of Snow White, touring England, Scotland and Wales in Autumn 2016.

We currently have places available for Pontio, Bangor University. Auditions are being held in Bangor at 3.30pm on Tuesday 20th September.

The final performances will be at Pontio, Bangor on 11th and 12th November and we aim to offer 12 children, aged between 6-9 years (maximum height 130cm), the opportunity to rehearse and perform in Snow White along with the company’s professional dancers. The children are not required to have had dance training/experience to participate.

Snow White is a dance theatre production created for family audiences, and is the second installment of balletLORENT’s trilogy of fairy tales. Themes such as deception, compassion and redemption are explored in this production, written by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy DBE and choreographed by balletLORENT’s Artistic Director Liv Lorent MBE.

The Young cast will be found through a creative workshop/audition day lead by 2 of balletLORENT’s company dancers. The creative workshops will comprise of scenes from Snow White focusing on the children’s roles in the show, such as dancing in the palace throughout the different seasons and as animals in the forest. The emphasis of the day is to have fun, be creative and to explore lots of different scenes and characters. All children taking part are encouraged to focus on enjoying the experience of the day. We feel because of the age of the children taking part we encourage you to emphasis this also as we can’t take everyone but would still like the experience to be enjoyable and memorable.

Parents/Guardians will be advised of the decision on the day of the workshop/audition with an immediate request that they confirm the child’s availability for the proposed rehearsal and performance schedule.

balletLORENT and Pontio have child protection policies; all staff involved will be experienced in working with children and will have been DBS/PVG checked. Children attending workshops, rehearsals and performances will be chaperoned at all times.

The closing date for audition applications is FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2016.

If you are interested in applying to be part of the project, please request an application letter and form from natalie@balletlorent.com

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balletLORENT Summer School 2016

balletLORENT will be holding its first dance Summer School at Jesmond United Reform Church from the 15th to 19th August – offering fun, creativity and physical activity for children aged from 6 years to 13 years.

Led by experienced balletLORENT dancers and teachers, children will take part in dance classes, activities and workshops based on themes from the fairytale Rumpelstiltskin. The summer school will culminate in a sharing of the week’s activities open to family and friends. .

Main activities will take place from 9.30am-4.30pm, but staff will be around from 8.30am-5.30pm to supervise your children should you wish to drop them off earlier .

To book your child’s place, please email james@balletlorent.com or telephone 0191 233 1811 .

In 2017 balletLORENT will premiere a brand new production of Rumpelstiltskin featuring an inter-generational community cast along side our own professional dancers. You can follow the creation of Rumpelstiltskin and see our upcoming performance dates from later this year on our website balletlorent.com .

Arts Award - Through balletLORENT’s Summer School, your child will be given an opportunity to complete an Arts Award appropriate to their age. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible. It deepens engagement with arts and culture, develops both creative and leadership skills, and importantly the Arts Award leads to a national qualification. This part of the Summer School is optional. For further information please visit artsaward.org.uk

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balletLORENT welcomes Jessica Haener

balletLORENT is delighted to welcome our new professional dancer, Jessica Haener, who will be taking on the role of Miner/Ensemble in Snow White and will also act as the understudy for the Snow White role.

We had phenomenal interest and would like to thank all the dancers who applied and those who joined us at Sadler's Wells Theatre for the audition.

It was a really exciting and enjoyable day with the standard being so high and everyone creating such a generous environment.

Jessica Haener
Awards

balletLORENT is delighted to have been recognised as Highly Commended in the Family Arts Festival Awards Family Events category for Snow White! You can find out more about these awards here:Family Arts Festival Awards

balletLORENT is also delighted to be finalists for the Arts Council Award at The Journal Culture Awards 2016. Artistic Director, Liv Lorent, said: “When you begin making a new work you hope that it will become something that strikes a chord with an audience. That it will engage them, move them, entertain them. With Snow White we wanted to make a fairytale that could be enjoyed by children but that also explored the elements of the story that would appeal to adults too. Being nominated for this award feels like we’ve gone some way to achieving this!”

balletLORENT would like to thank our wonderful, amazing & diverse dancers and the fabulous cast of local children who have joined us at each venue - our company has an age range of 5 to 52! We would also like to thank our core collaborators - Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Dr.Who composer Murray Gold (with the score beautifully performed by the Northern Sinfonia), Set Designer Phil Eddolls, and Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth.

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The Journal Culture Awards 2016
balletLORENT's Associate Director Debbi Purtill Graduates with an MA

Congratulations to our Associate Director Debbi Purtill, who has graduated with an MA in Professional Dance Practice at Teeside University!

Debbi Purtill awarded MA
balletLORENT's Bespoke Costume Sale

Just in time for Christmas, we are selling some of our old costumes, from productions including Angelmoth, Designer Body, The Ice Ball and The Ball.

Our friends at The Settle Down Cafe are kindly letting us set up shop at their cafe on Thornton Street, Newcastle on Friday 11th December 2015, between 6 - 10pm. Come down for a drink, nibbles and a browse through some gorgeous pieces from our past repertoire.

You can browse a selection of the costumes on offer over on our Pinterest...

balletLORENT raises £3231 on Kickstarter

In July 2015 we set up a Kickstarter page, to try to raise some money to go towards the costs of our young cast programme for Snow White. We had until the 13th of August at 11pm to reach our target of £3000.

With a lot of last minute momentum, we managed to exceed our target, raising a fantastic total of £3231. We are so grateful to everybody who donated, spread the word and shared online. This money will help us to reach more children with little access to the arts when we tour Snow White. We couldn’t have done it without you all!

You can find out more about the different ways that you can support balletLORENT on our Support Us page.

balletLORENT are Kickstarting!

We launched our first ever Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to raise money for our Snow White Young Cast programme at a special event at our rehearsal base at Jesmond United Reformed Church.

Guests got a glimpse into a Snow White rehearsal with our young cast and had the chance to be the first backers of the campaign. On this evening alone we raised over £300 towards our £3000 goal!

We are very grateful to everybody who came and showed their support, and of course our fantastic Newcastle young cast who continue to amaze us with their energy and dedication.

If you want to donate and/or spread the word, you can find our Kickstarter page here, where you will find a video about the project and all of the rewards available to backers – including a very big and very special prize…

A New Prestigious Commission

balletLORENT is excited to announce a new commission from The Council of the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees for the creation of a new work. Love Struck will be one of the main highlights of the Stockton International Riverside Festival 2015 programme, as an integral part of the intepretation and presentation of the Instant Light story written by Sarah Maitland.

Love Struck is a duet which tells the story of John Walker, the pharmacist from Stockton who invented the friction match, and his imagined encounter with an exuberant circus performer, Vesta.

Love Struck has been directed by Liv Lorent, who is joined by long term collaborators Phil Eddolls (Set Designer) and Malcolm Rippeth (Lighting Designer), and two new collaborators who have been welcomed to balletLORENT’s artistic team: Scott Twynholm (Composer) and Kevin Pollard (Costume Designer), as well as balletLORENT’s new Associate Director Debbi Purtill.

Love Struck will premiere Friday 31st July at Stockton’s new Central Garden Fountain Area, with a second performance on Saturday 1st August. For more information, head over to sirf.co.uk - and you can watch the promo video here.

Costume Designer Michele Clapton awarded a second Emmy

balletLORENT would like to congratulate their valued collaborator Michele Clapton - who designed the beautiful costumes for Rapunzel and The Night Ball - on receiving a second Emmy for her costume design for HBO's Game of Thrones. Well done Michele!

Debbi Purtill takes on Associate Director role

We are really delighted to welcome Debbi Purtill as balletLORENT's Associate Director. This new post has been funded through the Esmee Fairbairn foundation and we are grateful that their support will allow us to continue to grow as a company, and increase our opportunities for professional development within the company.

Debbi has much to offer Liv, the dancers, collaborators and technical team with the great amount of skill and experience she has both within and outside of her work with balletLORENT. We hope that together we can maximise on opportunities for the company, and continue to create dance performances of originality for audiences nationally and internationally from our North East of England base.

Debbi says:

I am delighted that I will be taking on the new role of Associate Director with balletLORENT starting this August. I have a long history with the company as a performer and I am looking forward to having the opportunity in this role to work more closely with Liv, the dancers and the rest of the team to support the future work of the company.

This is an exciting career development opportunity which will allow me to draw on my skills as an educator, rehearsal director and mentor to support professional development within the company and the North East region, and to support balletLORENT in its quest to reach adults and children with their innovative and distinctive work across the UK and beyond.

balletLORENT welcome a new Administration Manager

balletLORENT takes great pleasure in announcing Carolyn Smail as the Company's new Administration Manager. Carolyn has a varied job description: taking charge of the day to day running of a busy office, managing the company's education projects, and supporting the company's Executive Director.

Carolyn is not unknown to balletLORENT, having worked on DanceCity's CAT (Centre for Advanced Training Scheme over the past few years and through that position we have seen her high level of efficiency. We very much look forward to developing this important role within balletLORENT to enable the company to function the best it can.

Carolyn says:

I am very happy and excited to be embarking on the next stage of my career with balletLORENT. It is great to be given the opportunity to work for such a creative and professional dance company. I look forward to becoming part of the team and supporting balletLORENT with their growth and development over the coming years.

New Graduate Apprentice

balletLORENT is delighted to be offering a 4 month Professional Development placement to Rachel Evans through the Newcastle University Careers Service.

Rachel has recently graduated from Newcastle University with a BA Hons in English Literature, and has taken up the post of Acting Marketing & Communications Officer for the company. This post offers Rachel a wide range of marketing skills including digital media, and also gives her the opportunity to use her excellent writing skills, which are already proving to be a great asset for balletLORENT

Rachel has said:

I am really enjoying working for balletLORENT, as they are such an interesting and well-respected company. I feel like I am learning new things all the time and look forward to continuing to learn over the course of the placement; it has been a very valuable experience already.

Night Ball Dancer Premieres New Work

Don't miss the premiere of North East based Southpaw Dance Company's new work Riots at Dance City this Saturday 8th February.

Riots is a fast-paced, energetic yet thoughtful dance piece, taking audiences to the heart of a riot through electric choreography and stunning design, inspired by recent social uprisings across the world.

Riots is complemented by Men On A Mission, where five men strive for something more in life. Both works feature Night Ball dancer Robby Graham's unique movement style that draws on breaking, contemporary and contact movement.

Liv Lorent awarded MBE

We are delighted to announce that Liv Lorent, Artistic Director and balletLORENT founder has been awarded an MBE for her Services to Dance. She states:

“I am very thankful that the dedication and innovation my dancers, collaborators and Executive Producer Christine Grimwood and I have put into balletLORENT these last twenty years has been acknowledged. On behalf of all the team - this family - I am accepting this honour and feel very grateful to be living in a time and a place where there has been public subsidy for the Arts. Without this support the work we make would not be seen and the brilliant artists I work with would not be able to collaborate together. We hope to always make dance that is a rewarding experience and continue touring to new and existing audiences. It has been an unexpected but delightful honour to be recognised for working hard at what we love best.”

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their kind messages of congratulations since hearing the news.

A Special Thanks

A special thank you to Black Door Hairdressing in Sunderland for sponsoring Rapunzel's hair in our Autumn 2013 tour. They did a fabulous job turning blonde Natalie Trewinnard into a gorgeous Red Head.

End of the Autumn Tour

The Rapunzel Autumn tour has sadly come to an end, but what a tour it has been... 8 performances over 3 venues involving 15 toddlers, 15 parents and 36 young cast members (big thanks to them) and not forgetting the 2059 wonderful audience members. New Spring 2014 dates will be announced soon, so watch this space!

Costume Sale

balletLORENT is offering a unique opportunity to rifle through costumes from twenty years of past productions. With prices ranging from £5 to £70+ this is your chance to grab a Halloween bargain or discover something exceptional for the upcoming party season. Expect the weird and the wonderful… glitz, feathers, fringing, sequins, velvet and much much more!

21st Oct – 1st Nov 2013 | balletLORENT Office, Dance City.

Mon – Fri: 10:00 - 17:00

Open till 7pm on Tues 29th Oct

A New Rapunzel for Autumn 2013

balletLORENT are delighted to announce that Natalie Trewinnard is joining the company for the Rapunzel tour dates starting this October. Natalie is on a years sabbatical from Scottish Dance Theatre where she has been a full time member since 2009. Natalie will play the part of Rapunzel, replacing Philippa White during her maternity leave, and is very much looking forward to the challenge ahead of her.

For more information about the production please visit the Rapunzel page.

The Night Ball Reviews

The Night Ball opened at The MEM, Wallsend to a great review from The British Theatre Guide by Peter Lathan.

"To judge by the audience’s reaction, balletLORENT has a real hit on its hands."

Click here to read the full review.

For your chance to see The Night Ball click here for full tour dates.

The Night Ball Premiere

What a brilliant start to the tour! balletLORENT would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who came and supported us at The MEM, Wallsend, to all of our fantastic collaborators and of course to Liv and the dancers for such an incredible performance. So great to see so many people up and dancing.

For your chance to see The Night Ball click here for full tour dates.

Win Two Free Tickets to The Night Ball

To celebrate balletLORENT's 20th anniversary, we have created an exciting new performance event, inspired by two of our most loved and immersive works - The Ball and la nuit intime.

For your chance to win two free tickets to see balletLORENT's The Night Ball at The MEM, Wallsend on the 11th or 12th July 2013 then please visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter.

balletLORENT Fundraising Party

balletLORENT are delighted to announce that we raised £4126.30 at our 20th Anniversary Celebratory Fundraiser and would like to thank each and everyone of you who supported us…

I am deeply touched by the generous support balletLORENT received from everyone who attended our fundraiser on Friday 26th April. Whether it was £1 spent on the tombola or £300 at auction, every donation contributed to what we feel was a successful event and your support is very precious to us. We are also hugely grateful to the following individuals and organisations, who without their support the event would never have taken place, Antony Crerar (R&B Group), Julie Kemp and Charlie Hoult from Hoults Yard, Graeme Nixon (Tech Spec), James Froment and Michael Morgan (Dance City), The balletLORENT dancers, Richard Bliss, Ben Crompton, Alfie Joey, Ben Ponton, Jonathan Pickard, Bad Taste Cru, Geoffrey Hopson, Kit Haigh and Amanda Drago of Moon Booth, Norman Nixon, Mark Simpson, Alex Benn, the volunteers from the Fashion Marketing course at Northumbria University and all the businesses who kindly donated prizes for the auction, raffle and tombola. Artistic Director, Liv Lorent

Journal Culture Awards

balletLORENT's performance of Rapunzel at Durham Gala wins Performance of the Year at the Journal Culture Awards.

I can't believe that it was only a week ago that we won the Journal Culture Award for Best Performance! It was very unexpected to actually win as there was such good work nominated for the award...Indeed for all the awards on the night... It must have been very difficult for the judges! But of course we were all delighted, and it has been lovely to have so many people give their warm congratulations to us. Thank you to Dame Margaret Barbour and The Journal for giving us such valuable recognition for Rapunzel and inspiring confidence in what we can achieve as a company. We are proud to contribute to the fantastic work being produced in the North East, and hope to continue being part if this rich cultural landscape. Artistic Director, Liv Lorent

balletLORENT Costume Sale

In advance of our Celebratory Fundraising Event at Warehouse 34, Haults Yard on Friday 26th April, balletLORENT are offering you the chance to browse and buy a selection of unique costumes we have performed in over the last twenty years. A brilliant opportunity to buy unique designs whilst raising money for the company.

Rapunzel Competition Launch

We are running a very special Rapunzel competition on social media, inviting anyone who has been inspired by the show to send in an image or video of themselves or their children re-enacting their favourite movement to be shown on our Facebook and Twitter pages. You could be crawling like the creatures, climbing like the prince, skating like the witch, skipping with maypole ribbons, dancing on Pointe or performing in any other way you found inspiring! The winners will receive two free tickets to a future balletLORENT production.

Four Stars for Rapunzel at Northern Stage

The great reviews continue for the Rapunzel spring tour:

The Public Reviews

What's on North East

KYEO TV

The Courier

For your chance to see Rapunzel click here for full tour dates

The 20th Anniversary Celebrations Begin!

balletLORENT is hosting a fundraising event on Fri 26 April at Warehouse 34, Hoults Yard in Newcastle mixing dance, music and comedy with a costume and props auction and raffle. This is your chance to bid on items from past productions and win an array of prizes such as two platinum club tickets to see Newcastle United v Liverpool on 27 April and Afternoon Tea for Two at Jesmond Dene House, whilst raising money for the company - A night not to be missed! Click here for more details.

Carol Ann Duffy: An Evening with the Poet Laureate

A very special event to celebrate balletLORENT’s Rapunzel, written by Carol Ann Duffy.

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy reads from her award-winning poetry collections from the set of Rapunzel, with musical accompaniment. Carol Ann Duffy writes for children and adults and has won the Whitbread Prize, the Forward Prize and the T S Eliot Prize for her poetry. Her latest award-winning collection is The Bees (Picador). She was appointed Poet Laureate in 2009.

Carol Ann will sign and dedicate books after the event.

Friday 22 February 2013, 5.15pm – 6.15pm. Stage 1, Northern Stage

Tickets: £12.50 / £10 concession / £6 child

For further information please click Here

Rapunzel Community Outreach Programme to Benefit 800 Youngsters

In conjunction with our new production of Rapunzel, we are currently delivering a programme of creative dance workshops in schools and community groups across the region. A total of approximately 800 children and young people aged 5-22 years will take part. The sessions are receiving very positive feedback to date, see comments below.

The dancers were great with the children and all enjoyed taking part. Excellent workshops! Teresa Graham, Class Teacher, Moorside Primary School, Newcastle

It was challenging, quick paced and interesting. We thoroughly enjoyed the workshop. Nicola Bond, Dance Teacher, Oxclose Community School, Washington

An excellent workshop, thoroughly enjoyed it! It really pushed me out of my comfort zone. Thanks! 6th form dance student from Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy, Chester le Street

Rave Reviews from Hull

Rapunzel continues to attract first-class reviews as it begins its national tour at Hull Truck Theatre, see links below:

The Stage

For your chance to see Rapunzel click here for full tour dates

Great Premiere gets Great Reviews

Rapunzel opened at the Gala Theatre in Durham to great reviews, see links below:

The Times

British Theatre Guide

The Journal

The Shields Gazette

For your chance to see Rapunzel click here for full tour dates

Rapunzel Premiere at Gala Theatre Durham

What a great start to the tour! balletLORENT would like to extend a special thank you to everyone who came and supported us, to all of our fantastic collaborators and of course to Liv and the dancers for such an incredible performance.

For your chance to see Rapunzel click here for full tour dates

Rapunzel’s Radiant Red Hair supported by Y salon

balletLORENT is delighted that Rapunzel’s hair has been supported by North East hairdressers, Ysalon, a fashion forward family salon based in Eldon Garden, Newcastle, who believe in forging strong links within the creative industry.

Angela Lowery, owner of Y salon says “We feel very honoured to be able to sponsor balletLORENT's Rapunzel by maintaining the beautiful vibrant red shade we give her together with haircare from the L'Oreal Inoa range throughout the company’s touring programme.”

Michele Clapton, our Costume Designer for Rapunzel wins 2012 Emmy to add to her growing collection of awards!

Big congratulations to Michele who won the Outstanding Costumes for a Series 2012 award for her work on Game of Thrones at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards held on 23rd September in LA. Michele is just one of the world-class collaborators we have working with us on Rapunzel.

Great press interest in the lead up to the premiere of Rapunzel

The links below will take you to some of the recent press we have received about our new production, Rapunzel.

Culture Magazine
The Guardian
BBC
Classic FM

Designer Body (Solo) - short film shown on Channel 4

A mini film of Designer Body (Solo) was broadcast on Channel 4 as part of the Random Acts series on 4th July and they chose to broadcast it again on the 6th August. This short film was created in Tyne Bridge Tower, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne in May 2012. Tyne Bridge Tower is one of Newcastle's most celebrated and most iconic structures. Originally designed for warehouse use, it is a large, dusty urban space that reaches up into the rafters, enhancing the beauty of this production.

If you missed it on TV you can see it here.

Rapunzel

balletLORENT is delighted to announce that 2012 will see the creation and premiere of a major new work, Rapunzel, based on an adaptation of the classic fairy story for a family audience. Commissioned by Sadler's Wells and New Writing North and co-produced by Northern Stage, this full-length work for middle to large-scale theatres will be a successor to Angelmoth. Rapunzel will premiere at Durham Gala Theatre on the 18th October 2012, in association with Durham Book Festival followed by a national touring programme.

Artistic Director, Liv Lorent who has been inspired by the dark themes of this fairy story is working with a strong team of collaborators with world-class recognition and eight of balletLORENT's talented dancers.

Collaborators include Carol Ann Duffy (Poet Laureate); Murray Gold (Composer); Michele Clapton (Costume); Phil Eddols (Set Design); Malcolm Rippeth (Lighting Design) and Lesley Sharp (Narrator).

Tickets on now sale at Durham Gala Theatre, Hull Truck Theatre and Northern Stage.

BBC Performing Arts Fund

balletLORENT was very pleased to be named as one of the thirteen dance organisations to receive the BBC Performing Arts Fund Dance Fellowship Scheme 2011. balletLORENT received a grant to support a 12 month Dance Fellowship programme from October 2011 to September 2012. John Kendall was appointed as balletLORENT's chosen Dance Fellow. Newcastle based John took on the role of understudy for the Underneath the Floorboards national touring programme from October 2011 to April 2012; dancer in la nuit intime for the Scottish touring programme in October and November 2011 and has been cast as a dancer for balletLORENT's new work Rapunzel.

John received a First Class Honours from Scottish School of Contemporary Dance and is a postgraduate (2011) student from EDge (London Contemporary Dance School).

One of balletLORENT's principal dancers Caroline Reece is mentoring John over this twelve month period.

Underneath the Floorboards CDs

The Underneath the Floorboards soundtrack by Kit Haigh and Ben Crompton remains available to buy online for just £8. This original, magical and dream like mix of instrumentals and vocals contains each song from the production - perfect for bedtimes and long car journeys.

For full details please click here.

Underneath the Floorboards

 

 

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