Project information

Casanova National Tour 2017

Casanova will be a new narrative ballet created for Northern Ballet by emerging choreographer Kenneth Tindall. The national tour will reach new audiences and take world-class ballet and storytelling to diverse communities across the UK.

September 2016 - May 2017

Charity information: Northern Ballet

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  • Need


    - Dance should be accessible to all, yet there is a lack of regional arts provision and some geographical areas have little access to professional performances

    -Barriers relating to age, ability and socio-economic background prevent people from accessing dance

    -To continue to deliver world-class dance in the regions and maintain a thriving dance community, we need to retain talent in the UK by nurturing ability and providing opportunities for dancers and choreographers to develop as artists


    -We are the UK’s widest touring Ballet Company and Casanova will visit England, Scotland and Wales in 2017

    -Our innovative outreach projects break down barriers to dance; access work including insight workshops, touch tours for the visually impaired and audio descried performances will take place across the tour

    -Former Northern Ballet dancer Kenneth Tindall (nominated for ‘Emerging Artist’ at the National Dance Awards 2015) will return to create his first full-length ballet with the Company

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a new full-length, narrative ballet for the Company repertoire


    » Choreographer Kenneth Tindall will create a new, full-length narrative ballet inspired by Ian Kelly’s recent biography of Casanova

    What success will look like

    The production will open in Leeds in March 2017 before a embarking on a major national tour reaching eight venues across England, Scotland and Wales

    Aim 2

    To nurture talent and provide opportunities for artistic growth and development


    » Kenneth Tindall will have the opportunity to work with ‘the best-dance actors in the world’ (Dance Europe) to create his first full-length ballet
    » Tindall will work with an acclaimed creative team including and costume designer Christopher Oram and composer Kerry Muzzey
    » Having designed extensively for theatre and musicals, Olivier and Tony award–winner Oram will design his first set and costumes for a ballet
    » Northern Ballet dancers will develop their technical and creative skills and gain experience by playing their part in creating a new ballet

    What success will look like

    Developing a reputation for nurturing talent will ensure Northern Ballet attracts and retains the very best dancers and dance-makers.

    Aim 3

    To reach new audiences and offer regional dance provision and world-class performances across the UK


    » In 2017, Casanova will tour to 8 venues across England, Scotland and Wales, including new venues for Northern Ballet such as The Lowry in Salford
    » A wide-reaching and high impact marketing campaign will target potential audiences and reach millions of people across the UK

    What success will look like

    Tickets sales, audience data, research and venue collaboration will allow us to build a picture of our audiences and to measure audience development

    Aim 4

    To break down barriers and work towards realising a vision where dance is accessible to all


    » We will deliver vital accessible arts provision across the UK, including insight workshops, touch tours audio described performances
    » We will provide opportunities for people of all ages to experience the joy of dance, including offering dance workshops for over 55s across the UK

    What success will look like

    We will track increased participation and diversity across our outreach activity

  • Impact


    We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the joy of dance. By reaching audiences in towns and cities across the UK and breaking down barriers to dance through outreach activity, we will change perceptions of who dance is ‘for’ and inspire the next generation of dance audiences. Providing opportunities for emerging dance makers and talented dancers will secure a vibrant future for UK dance. Our success will be demonstrated through continued growth in our audiences.


    There is a risk that there could be delays to the creation of the production if deadlines are missed by our designer, or if there are unforeseen problems during the set building and costume making stages. To minimise this risk we are in frequent communication with our designer and we have set deadlines along the way to keep track of how the design is progressing, and we have structured our season to ensure that our set and costume teams are able to concentrate solely on Casanova for six months.


    Donors will receive a bi-annual edition of Inside, our supporter magazine, which will provide updates about the project in the context of our wider work. Donors will also receive a quarterly newsletter via email detailing on-going and forthcoming activity relating to the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £231,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £65,600 Artist Costs Artists including choreographer, composer, designer and dramaturg
      £65,000 Sets Set materials and construction costs
      £65,000 Costumes Materials and making
      £36,300 Venue Hire and technical costs Reheasal and technical week costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Emerald Foundation £50,000 Guaranteed
    Arts Council England £100,000 Guaranteed
    Corporate Sponsorship £20,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Northern Ballet is the only professional ballet company based in the North of England, and we are proud that the world premiere of Casanova will take place in our home city of Leeds. Leeds Grand Theatre is in the heart of the city, ensuring that the performance will be accessible for Leeds residents and for our surrounding communities. We are the UK’s widest touring ballet company and Casanova will tour to 8 venues in order to reach diverse communities across England, Wales and Scotland


    -Choreographer Kenneth Tindall, the Casanova creative team and Northern Ballet Company dancers will benefit from the opportunity to develop and grow as artists, in turn benefitting the wider dance ecology and ballet audiences across the UK

    -Audiences across the UK in towns and cities with little other dance provision or opportunities to see a professional performance

    -Northern Ballet will also offer vital dance provision for people with disabilities across the tour

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    -Widest touring UK ballet company

    -Named best Company at the Taglioni European Dance Awards in September 2014

    -3 times consecutive winner of the Audience Award at the National Dance Awards, the only award voted for by the public

    -1984, Northern Ballet’s most recent new production, won the dance award at the South Bank Sky Awards

    -Track record of nurturing choreographic talent, such as Jonathan Watkins (1984) and Cathy Marsden (Jane Eyre)

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kenneth Tindall

    Former Northern Ballet dancer and one of the UK's most exciting young choreographers, Tindall will create his first full-length narrative ballet

    Christopher Oram

    Internationally renowned as a set and costume designer for theatre and musicals, Olivier award-winner Oram will design his first ballet

    Kerry Muzzey

    A well-respected modern and classical film composer, Muzzey will create the Casanova score

    David Nixon

    Our Artistic Director since 2001 and two-time Dance Europe Director of the year will oversee the production and provide valuable mentoring