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Poster photo for 1984 with Tobias Batley leaping in front of countless vintage televisions.


Winston Smith lives in a world of absolute conformity, his every action is scrutinized by Big Brother. However, when Winston meets Julia he dares to rebel by falling in love.

Based on George Orwell's masterpiece and created by Guest Choreographer and former Royal Ballet dancer Jonathan Watkins, 1984 will change the way you think about ballet.

The brand new score from Tony-nominated Composer Alex Baranowski, who has recently worked with award-winning band The xx, is played live by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Pushing the boundaries of contemporary ballet, 1984 won the dance award at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in June 2016.

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This production contains short periods of flashing lights and images.

Running time 1 hour 50 minutes (approximately)

‘Slick moves’
The Independent
‘crackles with theatrical energy’
Mail on Sunday
‘...stunning, quality production of Orwell’s 1984’
Manchester Evening News
Winner of The South Bank Sky Arts Dance Award 2016
‘ ambitious, compelling and, ultimately, moving new ballet’
The Telegraph
‘Northern Ballet's terrific new production’
The Guardian
‘This is gripping storytelling’
The Stage
‘A masterstroke of dance’
Yorkshire Post
‘...emotional and sexually charged...'
Sunday Mirror
‘an atmospheric and lavishly textured score’
Sunday Times Culture
Financial Times
Winston and Julia in the countryside get the chance to be free
Members of the party move in unison under the instruction of Big Brother
Alone in his room, Winston hides from the always watching cameras to write in his highly illegal journal
Julia waits on the bed in their unmonitored room waiting for Winston
O'Brien make all the moves required of him as a senior Party official
Members of the party look at the chair when the non-person, Winston Smith, never sat

Creative Team

  • Jonathan Watkins
  • Alex Baranowski
Set & Costume Designer
  • Simon Daw
Lighting Designer
  • Chris Davey
Video Designer
  • Andrzej Goulding
  • Ruth Little

Header image taken by Guy Farrow, production images taken by Emma Kauldhar.

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