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Posted on April 21, 2020

Northern Ballet Javier Torres as Dracula and Antoinette Brooks Daw as Lucy in Dracula 4 photo Emma Kauldhar

Works from Northern Ballet’s repertoire plus a new original dance film will be available to watch online or on television as part of the company’s Pay As You Feel Digital Season. Over the next few weeks people will be able to tune into 1984, Little Red Riding Hood and Dracula from the comfort of their home. The company will also release a new dance film, Kenneth Tindall and Dan Lowenstein’s EGO plus the extended highlights of their 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala, which took place at Leeds Grand Theatre at the beginning of the year. Northern Ballet are asking audiences to consider making a donation as they watch content from the Pay As You Feel Digital Season. Those who wish to support the company can donate here.

Kicking off the season, new dance film EGO is now available to watch online here. The film explores parallel versions of one couple’s relationship. At first presenting the perfect Hollywood romance, the couple’s alter egos tell a different story filled with raw emotion.

First premiered in 2015, Jonathan Watkins’ award-winning 1984 is available to watch here. Based on George Orwell’s masterpiece, the ballet follows the story of Winston Smith and his life of conformity under the watchful eye of Big Brother.

CBeebies screened their special version of Mariana Rodrigues’ Little Red Riding Hood on April 10 at 9.30am. Created especially for children, Little Red Riding Hood retells the classic fairytale with a Northern Ballet twist. Catch up on iPlayer.

Extended highlights from Northern Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Gala are available to watch at This sell-out performance featured excerpts of productions from Northern Ballet’s history and brought together dancers from The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre alongside Northern Ballet’s dancers.

David Nixon’s Dracula will make its television debut as part of the BBC’s Culture in Quarantine season. Seducing countless generations, Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire lives on in this work, which will be available to watch in the coming weeks on BBC Four and iPlayer. To find out more about Northern Ballet’s Pay As You Feel Digital Season, click here.

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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