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Northern Ballet awarded London Ballet Circle's Choreographic Award

We are delighted to have been selected for the London Ballet Circle Choreographic Award 2024.

This award will go towards supporting Sketches, our series that aims to nurture new choreographic talent.

Devised by Northern Ballet's Artistic Director Federico Bonelli, Sketches gives choreographers at different stages of their career the opportunity to experiment with movement, ideas and storytelling whilst being provided mentorship and access to the skills, expertise and resources of a world-class ballet company.

Each year the selected group of choreographers are supported to create a series of 'sketches' that are performed across two dates at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, this year taking place from 9 - 10 May.

"Northern Ballet is delighted that our Sketches programme has been selected for the London Ballet Circle's 2024 Choreographic Award... The award supports our aim to contribute to a pipeline of new choreographers who have the skills and confidence to tell their stories, ensuring ballet remains an exciting, dynamic art form that entertains and inspires a wide audience. I would like to thank the London Ballet Circle and the award panel for recognising this important work." - Federico Bonelli

The London Ballet Circle launched their Choreographic Award programme in 2021, which aims to support choreographic initiatives in the classical genre within ballet schools and companies. Founded in 1946, the London Ballet Circle aims to deepen appreciation for ballet and other forms of dance, as well as foster a spirit of fellowship between audiences and artists. They hold regular events throughout the year that are open to their members and the public, including talks with figures from the world of dance and visits to rehearsals and ballet schools.

This year's award panel is led by former Director of The Royal Ballet, President Dame Monica Mason, alongside Choreographer and former Director of Central School of Ballet Christopher Marney, freelance dance writer and critic Deborah Weiss and former Lead Principal Dancer with English National Ballet and Director of Masters of Ballet Academy Elena Glurjidze.

We are incredibly grateful to the London Ballet Circle and the panel for their decision and support for such an important initiative.

Book your tickets for Sketches now.