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Performer: David Nixon

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SheffieldThe Great Gatsby

Bennett: The Great Gatsby
David Nixon; Northern Ballet; Jérôme Kaplan
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Northern Ballet at 50: a gala celebration in Leeds

© Guy Farrow
Northern Ballet reaches its half-century with a gala at Leeds Grand Theatre featuring highlights from its "greatest hits".
***11
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Nixon's Little Mermaid is a Masterpiece

Abigail Prudames (Marilla) and artists of Northern Ballet in Nixon's The Little Mermaid © Emma Kauldhar
A fantastic score, wonderful costumes, brilliant dancing and stunning choreography coalesce beautifully in David Nixon’s magical The Little Mermaid for Northern Ballet.
*****
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A magical Midsummer Night's Dream from Northern Ballet

The lady at the bus stop announced that she had just been to the ballet, and commented: “I didn’t really understand it but I loved it”. The ballet was A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by Northern Ballet, and yes, it was somewhat confusing, though highly enjoyable and very funny.
****1
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Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby at Sadler's Wells

Goodness, Northern Ballet are an appealing company. Their dancers are cheerful, charismatic and talented; their ethos one of hard work and unflagging dedication to outreach, bringing the delights of ballet to as wide an audience as possible across their mostly northern catchment area. A new full-length story ballet based on F.
***11
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A Roller Coaster Ride of Egyptian Delight

Cleopatra is a familiar cultural icon to us all whether our impressions are shaped by Shakespeare or Elizabeth Taylor.
****1
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