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leeds PRIDES itself on being a city of art. Now the Royal New Zealand Ballet is helping it live up to that billing by bringing three European premieres.

The company will visit Leeds for the first time this month with what is described as an exciting contemporary programme.

Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet rehearsing at Northern Ballet, Leeds, for their production of 'A Passing Cloud'. PIC: James Hardisty

Dancers from the Royal New Zealand Ballet rehearsing at Northern Ballet, Leeds, for their production of 'A Passing Cloud'. PIC: James Hardisty

The company will perform Mixed Bill: A Passing Cloud, at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds for three performances only today and tomorrow.

The European premiere of Javier de Frutos’s piece inspired by the Pacific: The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud is a celebration of the region’s vibrant colours and music.

London-based Venezuelan choreographer Javier De 
Frutos created The Anatomy of a Passing Cloud for RNZB in 2013, to mark the company’s 60th anniversary.

De Frutos intended the work as a ‘gift to New Zealand’, and explores Pasifika imagery and culture through dance and music.

Leading New Zealand choreographers Andrew Simmons and Neil Ieremia present pieces inspired by their homeland’s contribution to the First World War.

Tickets for Mixed Bill: A Passing Cloud can be booked online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the box office on 0113 220 8008.

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