Northern Ballet to bring new children’s piece to Derby

Derby Theatre''Photo by Chris Seddon
Derby Theatre''Photo by Chris Seddon
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The tour will visiting more than 30 venues including Derby Theatre on April 1.

The tour will visiting more than 30 venues including Derby Theatre on April 1.

Tortoise & the Hare is a re-imagining of Aesop’s much-loved fable of a tortoise who, tired of being teased for his slowness, challenges a speedy hare to a race.

Lasting approximately 40 minutes, the ballet has been created especially for children and young families to experience and enjoy live dance, music and theatre.

Tortoise & the Hare is the latest in the company’s award-winning series of Short Ballets for Small People, following on from the sell-out successes of Ugly Duckling, Three Little Pigs and Elves & the Shoemaker.

Choreographed by Northern Ballet dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe, who created Ugly Duckling in 2012, the production includes an original score composed by Bruno Merz, set designs by Ali Allen and live music performed by members of the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

Daniel de Andrade, Northern Ballet’s artistic director of Short Ballets for Small People, said: “These ballets are classic tales beautifully retold through dance and are the perfect introduction to ballet for children and young families.

“I am thrilled at how extensively this latest production will be touring.

“It will provide a wonderful opportunity for children and their families to enjoy live performances designed especially for them and will hopefully inspire a new-found love for dance, music and theatre.”

Tickets for Derby performances are available from the box office on 01332 593939 or www.derbytheatre.co.uk