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Celebrating 25 years of balletLORENT

Published: 19 September 2018

Newcastle-based dance company balletLORENT will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an exhibition, a new show and a Friends’ Scheme.

Appropriately, as balletLORENT is a Northern Stage Associate Company, the exhibition, 25 Years of balletLORENT, opens in the Gillian Dickinson Gallery at Northern Stage on Thursday 27 September and runs until Saturday 10 November. It will give an insight into the workings of a successful dance theatre company and, with photographs, posters, film footage and costumes, will showcase never seen before images from the balletLORENT archives.

The company will also begin a Friends scheme, allowing people to support future productions, the training of young dancers and the company's expanding learning and participation programme, which has seen it engage with over 4,500 children and adults, with 500 performing alongside the professional company at theatres across the UK.

"I love that people remember so sharply a balletLORENT performance, even a decade later,” said artistic director Liv Lorent MBE, “and that it is often a beautiful and meaningful memory.

"As an independent dance company, we are increasingly reliant on our loyal audiences and supporters to continue the work we do. Our Friends scheme is a fantastic way to ensure another 25 years of balletLORENT."

There are four level of Friends support, each with its own benefits: Friend (£5 per month), Good Friend (£10), Best Friend (£25) and Joint Best Friend (two people living at the same address) (£35).

Then, as already announced, After Dark, an intimate, cabaret-style evening of dance and music inspired by balletLORENT's popular productions la nuit intime and The Night Ball, takes place from 7 to 10 November. Featuring new choreography never seen before, After Dark will showcase balletLORENT's company of dancers and celebrate its heritage in the North East. The performance will also include a soundtrack of the company's favourite music and songs.

"We continue to tackle contemporary and challenging themes in our work, which is something I'm very proud of,” Liv Lorent added. “As a company we remain inclusive, diverse and welcoming to anyone interested in taking part of experiencing theatre and dance.”

Peter Lathan