Ballet Central

Ballet Central gives audiences across the country the chance to see the company’s young and dynamic dancers who are on the cusp of their professional careers, showcasing newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces by the dance industry’s top choreographers.

The Nutcracker 2018

Following our sell-out performances last Christmas, Ballet Central will return to the ADC Theatre on 13th – 15th December to perform their adaptation of the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker.

In a limited run of eight performances directed by Ballet Central Artistic Director Christopher Marney, Ballet Central will present their dazzling 45-minute version of the time-honoured Nutcracker, introducing children of all ages to a new version of the dance favourite, performed to the iconic Tchaikovsky score.

Early booking is recommended for these unique performances. Tickets are priced at just £10 and there are eight performances which take place at 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Thursday 13th December and at 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm on both Friday 14th and Saturday 15th December. Tickets available from www.adctheatre.com and the ADC Theatre Box Office on 01223 300085.

It is Christmas Eve and Clara explores the fantasy world of Drosselmeyer's toyshop. As her dreams come alive before her eyes the dolls take her on a journey to the enchanted forest and onwards to the Kingdom of Sweets. Join us as Clara meets all the colourful characters, from the Nutcracker Prince to the Sugar Plum Fairy in this festive, sparkling, quintessential Christmas performance.

Christopher Marney, Ballet Central Artistic Director said: “It has long been a dream of mine to present a special adaptation of the Nutcracker, aimed at family audiences so that young children as well as grandparents will enjoy the fantasy and sparkle of the ballet. The Cambridge audiences were so receptive to our performances last year that we can’t wait to return this December with an extended run.”

2019 Repertoire

With a chance to see the rising stars in dance theatre, Ballet Central returns with a brand new programme showcasing the best in international dance. Under the artistic direction of Christopher Marney, these young dancers on the cusp of their professional careers perform a mixed bill featuring works by world-renowned choreographers.

Following the brilliant response to Kenneth MacMillan’s piece in the 2018 tour, Ballet Central is honoured to present another excerpt from MacMillan’s works, House of Birds, based on the Grimm Brothers’ macabre fairy tale, Jorinda and Joringel.

The Company is also delighted to present an extract from Frederick Ashton’s acclaimed Valses Nobles et Sentimentales performed to Maurice Ravel’s suite of waltzes. We also present Jasmin Vardimon’s (in between), a physical contemporary work first created with the National Youth Dance Company in 2013.

And for the first time, Ballet Central is collaborating with Thiago Soares, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, who has created a new work with Ballet Central’s young dancers. Calvin Richardson has created a unique version of The Dying Swan Solo after Mikhail Fokin. And to conclude, Christopher Marney, Artistic Director of Ballet Central will revive his Carousel Dances, inspired by the 1945 musical Carousel by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.

"...Commitment and understanding on display in abundance" (Matthew Bourne's Highland Fling) Dance Europe 2017

"Watching Ballet Central...left me in little doubt that all of them would make highly accomplished additions to any company lucky enough to employ them." Jonathan Gray, Dancing Times July 2017

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