Northern Ballet announces major national tour of new children’s ballet

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Following a hugely successful World Première run in Leeds, Northern Ballet has announced that its new ballet for children, Tortoise & the Hare, will embark on an extensive national tour throughout spring 2016. The tour will start in February and run through to June, visiting over 30 venues across the country.

Tortoise & the Hare is a re-imagining of Aesop’s much-loved fable of a Tortoise who, tired of being teased for his slowness, challenges a speedy Hare to a race. Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the ballet has been created especially for children and young families to experience and enjoy live dance, music and theatre.

Tortoise & the Hare is the latest in the Company’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People, following on from the sell-out successes of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker. Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, this is the second children’s ballet by the pair who created Ugly Duckling in 2012, later adapted into a BAFTA winning programme for CBeebies. The production includes an original score composed by Bruno Merz, set designs by Ali Allen and live music performed by members of the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Daniel de Andrade, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director of Short Ballets for Small People, said: ‘These ballets are classic tales beautifully retold through dance and are the perfect introduction to ballet for children and young families. I am thrilled at how extensively this latest production will be touring, bringing the magic of ballet to many audiences across the country. It will provide a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to enjoy live performances designed especially for them and will hopefully inspire a new-found love for dance, music and theatre.’

For venues, dates and details on how to book, please visit northernballet.com/tortoise.