New Work from balletLORENT

Published: 21 June 2013
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Newcastle’s balletLORENT is to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a new work, inspired by two of the company’s immersive works: The Ball and la nuit intime.

The Night Ball celebrates the joy of social dancing and creates an environment where the beauty of losing yourself to movement and music becomes the privilege of everyone in the room.

Passionate couple dances, wallflower solos and exuberant ensemble dancing influenced by countless movement styles will feature in this 70-minute show which is set in-the-round with cabaret seating.

The evening continues as the dance floor and bar remain open and the DJ plays on, giving the audience the chance to throw their own moves as well as the rare opportunity to be partnered by one of balletLORENT's ten professional dancers.

“So many of us don't dance in front of other people because of self-consciousness or a desire to be a different kind of dancer than we are,” says choreographer Liv Lorent.

The Night Ball is an occasion to experience dance as one of our basic instincts. We are presenting dance as beautiful, charming, necessary, sometimes a little unhinged, but ultimately an extraordinary human achievement.

The Night Ball is made for people who are afraid of dancing as well as those who are already in love with it. We hope to leave our audiences with memories they will want to return to again and again.”

The work premières at MEM, Wallsend on 11 and 12 July and then tours to Hangar 404, Classic Air Force, Aerohub 1, Newquay Cornwall Airport, Newquay, Cornwall on 27 July; Hull City Hall on 6 and 7 September and Alnwick Playhouse on 14 September.

The creative team includes costume designer, Michele Clapton (HBO’s Game of Thrones), lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth and composer Ben Ponton (:zoviet*france:).