Nineteen Eighty-Four | Dance

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Northern Ballet / Sadler’s Wells

South Bank Award winner – best dance production

Choreographed by Jonathan Watkins

Also shown on BBC 4

“The show’s richest source of imaginative texture is Alex Baranowski’s ravishing score, mournful and agitated by turns and played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia” The Times ****

“…choreographer Jonathan Watkins has created a piece which is clever, consistent and powerful; assisted by an extremely impressive new musical score by Alex Baranowski… it is a brave new ballet.” Mark Brown, The Telegraph ****

“Alex Baranowski’s composition is that rare example of a new bespoke score for ballet that works at first hearing, providing a richly diverse tapestry as a descriptive overlay to Watkins’ choreography. It has a surprising quality of Russianness, with an assortment of 19th and 20th century references” Graham Watts, Bachtrack ****

“Integral to this visual feast, and adding much to the overall effect, is the superb musical score intricately woven together by Alex Baranowski. The rich musical dynamic which he and the live orchestra provides, enables both dancers and audience to enter fully into the pervading atmosphere and zeitgeist… we are taken on a total theatre roller-coaster ride from dark and disturbing to a remote place of love and hope, and back again.” Peter Grey, Reviews Hub ****

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