NEWS: Lawrence Batley Theatre Launches Locked down. Locked in. But living

The theatre has announced details of its world premiere and dance extravaganza, which will be available to watch online from the 28th September.

Following on from their online plays, The Understudy and Nigel Slater’s ‘Toast’, The Lawrence Batley Theatre has announced  that it has commissioned three critically acclaimed, UK dance companies to create three, site specific works for camera. Available to watch online, ticket holders will enjoy two contemporary dance solos and a short ballet.

With choreography by Jordan James Bridge (dancer, Studio Wayne McGregor), Daniel de Andrade (Artistic Associate, Northern Ballet) and Gary Clarke (Artistic Director, Gary Clarke Company) the three works will be choreographed in isolation, using video calling software to set the work on the company’s professional dancers. Each piece will explore the theme of isolation caused by the international lockdown. The works will then be performed around the Grade II listed building which houses the Lawrence Batley theatre and captured for broadcast.

Talking about the news, David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet said, “I am thrilled that Northern Ballet has been chosen for this digital commission with the Lawrence Batley Theatre, which will be created by our talented Artistic Associate Daniel de Andrade. This commission gives us a great opportunity to create dance whilst we wait for theatres to reopen and reach new audiences for dance online during these unprecedented times.”

Meanwhile Henry Filloux-Bennett, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Lawrence Batley Theatre comments, “I am utterly delighted that we are finding ways to animate the Lawrence Batley Theatre while our doors remain closed by bringing together three exceptional, dance companies who have strong ties to the north. We’re incredibly excited to see what each of the choreographers creates and can’t wait to share ‘Locked down. Locked in. But living’ with audiences across the globe.”

Locked down. Locked in. But living is digital triple bill of contemporary dance and ballet. It will be available from Monday 28th September – Sunday 18th October. For more information visit:

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