Northern Ballet returns to touring this June

30 Apr 2021

Joseph Taylor & Antoinette Brooks-Daw in Dangerous Liaisons. Photo Emma Kauldhar.

Northern Ballet plans to return to touring for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leeds-based company, which has not been able to perform outside of its home city since November 2019, will hold a limited three venue tour to Salford, London and Leeds this June.

The Company will open its tour with a revival of David Nixon OBE’s Dangerous Liaisons with performances at The Lowry, Salford from 1 – 5 June 2021, followed by performances at Sadler’s Wells, London from 8 – 10 June 2021. Inspired by the original scandalous novel and acclaimed Hollywood retellings, danced to Vivaldi’s rousing The Four Seasons, Dangerous Liaisons is the bodice-ripping tale of two bored aristocrats as they spin a web of heartbreak and ruin.

Also at Sadler’s Wells, from 11 – 12 June 2021 Northern Ballet will perform Contemporary Cuts 2021, a mixed programme of contemporary and modern ballet works including the London première of Kenneth Tindall’s States of Mind and Amaury Lebrun’s For an Instant as well as Demis Volpi’s Little Monsters and excerpts from Jonathan Watkins’ 1984 and Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre.

Closing the season, Northern Ballet will return home to Leeds Grand Theatre for performances of David Nixon OBE’s Swan Lake, a unique adaptation of the traditional tale where, haunted by a childhood tragedy resulting in the death of his beloved brother, Anthony looks to the water for answers – in whatever form they take.

David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce this return to touring. As the pandemic has continued, so has our hunger to perform live and although this is only a short tour, I truly hope that these first steps are the beginning of a return to normality. We cannot wait to see our audiences in person and hope that this tour will open the doors to more performances, more venues and full audiences in the near future.”

Dangerous Liaisons and Swan Lake will feature live music played by Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Contemporary Cuts 2021 will be performed to recorded music apart from live piano for the Jane Eyre excerpt. Dangerous Liaisons and Contemporary Cuts 2021 performances will be performed in full costume but ‘black box style’ without sets. Audiences will be socially distanced.

For full details of all performances plus booking information visit