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About balletLORENT

balletLORENT is a leading UK contemporary dance company based in Newcastle upon Tyne, regularly touring 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.

The company has toured works nationally and internationally to much acclaim, including: Strange Glitter; The Ball; la nuit intime; Angelmoth; Designer Body; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Underneath the Floorboards The Night Ball and Love Struck.  balletLORENT’s recent artistic programme has focused on the making of a trilogy of fairytales Directed by Liv Lorent and retold by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.  These works captured family audiences and include Rapunzel, Snow White and Rumpelstiltskin, continuing the collaboration with the most recent fairytale, an original story by Carol Ann Duffy, The Lost Happy Endings.

The company enjoys working with individual performers who are diverse in terms of their age (22-53) and experience.  Many works created since the early beginnings of balletLORENT have featured an intergenerational cast and have included children, older people and pregnant women alongside the professional dancers. These large scale works of 20 to 80 dancers include PassAge to Passion; Life Stories; La Famille; and MaEternal.  balletLORENT’s fairytale stories are enhanced by a community cast of children who join the professional dancers on stage in each place we tour.

Liv and the Company have received many awards, including the Jerwood Choreography Award 2001; the Arts Foundation Choreography Award 2005;  A Herald Angel Award  LUXURIA 2006 (a commissioned work by Scottish Dance Theatre); four Journal Culture Awards: Artist of the Year 2008; Performance of the Year (Rapunzel) 2012, Finalist in the Arts Council of England category (Snow White) 2016 and Performance of the Year (Rumpelstiltskin) 2017; Finalist for Best Independent Company at the Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards 2019; Fantastic for Families Audience Choice Award (Rumpelstiltskin) 2019; Finalist in One Dance UK Awards Innovation in Dance 2019. Liv received her MBE for services to dance in 2014. 

The company has collaborated with international companies including; Carte Blanche, Bergen in 2009 for a remount of la nuit intime; Eunetstar in 2005 for a European Street Art Festival tour of The Ferryman; and Cultuurcentrum Brugge programmed The Ball in 2005 at Koninklijke Stadsschouwburg.

The Company is a Sadler’s Wells National Partner and an Associate Company of Northern Stage.

balletLORENT is funded as a National Portfolio Organisation by Arts Council of England. The Company became a registered charity in 2015.

We thank Friends of balletLORENT Karen Trewinnard, Maureen Newall, Anna Story, Lynn Harman & Julia Daynes; Good Friends Joe Gamble, Patricia Ritchie & Kate Lorent; and Best Friends Derek Newall & Christopher Campbell for their continued support of the company. 

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