Northern Ballet will present a triple bill of works in its hometown, Leeds, this September, followed by a run at Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre in October.
The programme features a world première from New York City Ballet principal, Tiler Peck. Royal Ballet soloist and emerging choreographer Benjamin Ella will present a UK première, and a revival of Hans Van Manen's Adagio Hammerklavier will complete the bill.
Generations: Three Short Ballets presents a trio of contemporary ballets created by choreographers at different stages of their careers and is curated by the company's artistic director Federico Bonelli.
I'm passionate about championing the choreographic voices of tomorrow – says Bonelli – and I see Generations: Three Short Ballets as a continuation of this, this time inviting artists from across the generations and across the globe to create and stage work in our beloved hometown of Leeds.
It will be Tiler Peck's first choreographic commission from a European company. She says:
It is an absolute honour to be creating a new work for Northern Ballet. I have always admired Federico's work and was humbled when he asked me if I would make a new commission for the company.
Benjamin Ella will present a UK première inspired by the music of Jean Sibelius. Bonelli said:
Benjamin Ella is a talented young choreographer at the beginning of his career while Tiler Peck's first European commission marks a new chapter for the rising star. The placement of their work alongside renowned Dutch ballet master Hans van Manen's perfectly captures the fusion of old and new that makes ballet such a wonderful and dynamic art form.
The triple bill will open Northern Ballet's 23/24 autumn season, its first under the artistic direction of Bonelli.
Generations: Three Short Ballets will be at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds from 8 to 16 September and at the Linbury Theatre in London from the 31 October until 2 November.
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