Inspiring conversation with @northernballet dancers Martha Leebolt and @Tobybat about #NB1984

Aug 13, 2015, 02:05 PM

Talking about a really exciting new production in West Yorkshire this autumn. It's a world first, George Orwell's iconic story 1984 adapted for the dance stage by Leeds based Northern Ballet. It opens at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds on Saturday the fifth of September. As the publicity material puts it: "Winston Smith lives in a world of absolute conformity, his every action is scrutinised by Big Brother. However, when Winston meets Julia he dares to rebel by falling in love".

Last week I went to Northern Ballet's HQ at Quarry Hill in Leeds city centre - what was then week three of rehearsals. There was a fantastic buzz about the place. On last week's Theatre Thursday we heard from the choreographer, director and adapter of 1984, the former Royal Ballet dancer, Jonathan Watkins. Well this week I promised you a chat with the two leading dancers, lovely people and fantastic performers who we've met on a few occasions here on the show. I talked in the rehearsal studio to Martha Leebolt and first Tobias, Toby Batley about 1984, the ballet...