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The Night Ball

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Celebrating the beauty and intimacy of social dancing, The Night Ball is influenced by many 20th century nightclub dances, from ballroom to disco. Accompanied by one of balletLORENT’s famously eclectic and inspired soundtracks, this 70 minute show is set in the round with cabaret seating. The evening continues with an open floor and the chance to throw your own moves as well as the rare opportunity to be partnered by one of balletLORENT’s ten professional dancers.

Inspired by two of our most loved and immersive works - The Ball and la nuit intime, The Night Ball creates an environment where the beauty of losing oneself to movement and music becomes the privilege of everyone in the room.

One of balletLORENT's most recent works, After Dark, is influenced by The Night Ball.

The Night Ball Trailer

Artistic Director Liv Lorent says...

"So many of us don't dance in front of other people because of self-consciousness or a desire to be a different kind of dancer than we are. The Night Ball is an occasion to experience dance as one of our basic instincts. We are presenting dance as beautiful, charming, necessary, sometimes a little unhinged, but ultimately an extraordinary human achievement.

When balletLORENT presents its site-specific works we want to offer more than just a performance - it's an evening out of the ordinary performed by beautiful and generous dancers who want to share a passion for dancing through their bodies and souls.

Together, the audience and the dancers create an environment not found anywhere else. It is a warm atmosphere infused with the slight danger of vulnerability and the ultimate goal of solace and hope. It can be addictive."


"Lorent has a gift for creating funny, original and haunting images." 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 from balletLORENT." Financial Times

"balletLORENT has a real hit on its hands" British Theatre Guide

The Night Ball at Latitude Festival

The Night Ball is suitable for programming outdoors, with a successful visit to Latitude Festival in 2013.

Cast & Collaborators

Choreographed by Liv Lorent and Dancers
DJ: Ben Ponton
Music Selection: Liv Lorent, Ben Ponton, Ben Crompton
Costume Design: Michele Clapton
Lighting Design: Malcolm Rippeth
Dancers: Gwen Berwick, Gavin Coward, Robby Graham, John Kendal, Meritxell Pan Cabo/ Natalie Trewinnard, Debbi Purtill, Mariusz Raczynski, Davie Rae, Caroline Reece, Juliet Thompson
Premiered: MEM, Wallsend
Toured: The UK and outside staging at Latitude Festival, Henham Park, Suffolk (Site-specific)

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cast and collaborators

See all of our talented dancers and collaborators, who’ve made The Night Ball the spectacular production it is.

Ben Crompton
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Ben Ponton
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Caroline Reece
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Davie Rae
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Debbi Purtill
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Gavin Coward
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Gwen Berwick
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John Kendall
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Juliet Thompson
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Malcolm Rippeth
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Mariusz Raczynski
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Meritxell Pan Cabo
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Michele Clapton
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Robby Graham
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