Northern Ballet’s Expressions – 10 Year Anniversary

Expressions, Northern Ballet’s festival of inclusive dance, will this year include the premiere of a new digital work with Ability group dancers, directed and choreographed by Ben Wright.

Every Little Thing is a Change is a dance film featuring Northern Ballet dancers alongside dancers from Ability, a course for adults with additional learning support needs.

Also taking to the stage will be the world’s foremost inclusive dance company, Candoco, who will perform their latest work I think we should start over, choreographed by Leeds dance artist Jamaal Burkmar.

Leanne Kirkham, Northern Ballet’s Director of Learning:  “We are delighted to be celebrating 10 yearsof Expressions this year and hugely excited to be premièring the first integrated digital work featuring Northern Ballet and Ability dancers. We are so proud of all that Expressions achieves and represents, bringing dancers of all ages and abilities together to celebrate their talents and love of dance.”  

Candoco and Jamaal Burkmar: I think we should start over rehearsals. Photograph by Caroline Lofthouse.

All shows are relaxed performances and are designed to be accessible for both performances and audiences alike. 
Tickets for Expressions are pay-as-you-feel and can be booked via the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre Box Office on 0113 220 8008 or online. 

Performance dates and programme 

Wednesday 12 July 2023, 1pm Line up*: Northern Ballet Company dancers and Ability, I am, we are (Yorkshire Dance Leaps and Bounds), Northern Ballet’s Rise and Shine with John Jamieson School, Luke Gillingham, Candoco.

Wednesday 12 July 2023, 7pm Line up*: Northern Ballet Company dancers and Ability, Northern Ballet’s In Motion, TIN Arts Young People’s Creative Group, Catrina Farnell, NSCD Adult Creative Dance, West SILC Performance Group, Northern Ballet’s Ability, Candoco.

Thursday 13 July 2023, 1pm  Line up*: Northern Ballet Company dancers and Ability, DAZL Extreme, West SILC Performance Group, DanceAbility Dance Company, Mind the Gap Academy: One Day Dance, Candoco.

Thursday 13 July 2023, 7pm Line up*: Northern Ballet Company dancers and Ability, FUSE Dance Collective (Ascendance), Dance 21, MeshDance, Northern Ballet’s Ability, Candoco  *Line ups may be subject to change.  For specific accessibility requirements, please contact the Box Office

Cover photograph: Northern Ballet and Ability dancers in Every Little Thing is a Change. Photograph by Lydia Hutton.

Leeds Living