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New Casanova for Northern Ballet

Posted on May 24, 2016


Northern Ballet has announced a new ballet about the 18th century’s most notorious lover, Giacomo Casanova. Kenneth Tindall’s new production will have its premiere in Leeds in March 2017, followed by a UK tour.

Casanova’s 12-volume memoirs recall a scandalous life as a spy, scam artist, alchemist, church cleric and musician, but most of all as a lover. Tindall’s production, his first full-length ballet, will be set to a new score by film and television composer Kerry Muzzey. Tindall (pictured) will develop the scenario with Ian Kelly, who is an actor, dramatist and author of the 2008 biography of Casanova. The sets and costumes, evoking 18th-century Venice, will be by Tony and Olivier award-winning designer Christopher Oram, with lighting by Alastair West.

Tindall, who danced with Northern Ballet before concentrating on his career as a choreographer, has created works for John Neumeier’s Bundesjugendballett and English National Ballet’s Emerging Artist Award. For Northern Ballet, his works include Project #1, Luminous Junc-tureand The Architect.

Tindall said: “I am thrilled that my first full-length ballet will be with Northern Ballet, a company that holds a special place for me. Casanova lived a life far richer and stranger than most fictions and the physicality, theatricality and energy of his exploits make him a perfect subject for the stage.”

The production will have its premiere performances at the Grand Theatre, Leeds from March 11 to 18, 2017. It will tour to seven UK venues in spring 2017, with further venues to be announced for the autumn. For more information, visit

Picture: Kenneth Tindall at the press launch for Casanova. Photograph: Elliott Franks

Casanova – Tour Dates

Leeds Grand Theatre (World Première)

11 – 18 March 2017

Box Office 0844 848 2700

On general sale 1 June 2016

Edinburgh, Festival Theatre

23 – 25 March 2017

Box Office 0131 529 6000

On general sale 30 May 2016

Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre

28 March – 1 April 2017

0114 249 6000

On general sale 18 June 2016

Norwich Theatre Royal

4 – 8 April 2017

01603 630 000

On general sale 16 August 2016

Milton Keynes Theatre

19 – 22 April 2017

0844 871 7652

On general sale 6 June 2016

Cardiff New Theatre

25 – 29 April 2017

029 2087 8889

On general sale 8 June 2016

Salford, The Lowry

3 – 6 May 2017

0843 208 6000

On general sale 1 June 2016

London, Sadler’s Wells

9 – 13 May 2017

0844 412 4300

On general sale 7 November 2016

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