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Alderson ballet theatre are set to have audiences howling with excitment

It's safe to say the Northern Ireland doesn't have a great deal to offer for Ballet enthusiasts, well times are changing

Alderson Ballet Theatre is a youth ballet company formed by local professional dancers Leigh Alderson and Jill Dickson Monte.

Their ethos is simple " To strengthen and cultivate a stronger art and theatre scene in N.i, having the functionality and discipline of a professional ballet company.

Their aim is to deliver dynamic and cutting edge choreography to develop young aspiring artists.

After years of training and working all over the world Leigh is excited to be at home in N.I and putting on a production, so whats the show about you ask ?

Entitled "Wolf and other works" this is a triple bill of narrative and non narrative works choreographed by the artistic directors. Which will be preformed in Armagh's Marketplace Theatre on Sun 1st June at 8pm.

About the Artist

Leigh Alderson, originally from Northern Ireland, trained at The Royal Ballet School performing in Rudi Van Dantzig’s Four Last Songs in Toronto and Stuttgart before graduating in 2006. He joined Scottish Ballet dancing works by Ashley Page, Forsythe and Trisha Brown and then joined New English Contemporary Ballet where he danced various works by Richard Wherlock. Leigh later joined Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada and was a guest artist with Cork City Ballet.

Recently he has performed with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in works by Stijn Celis, Stephan Thoss, The Snake in Veldman’s Petit Prince, Kylian’s Kaguyahimeand The Prince in Mats Ek’s Sleeping Beauty and is set to join Matthew Bournes Company, New Adventures in London for their production of Swan Lake which shall be touring nationally and internationally. Film and TV work has included Grass Is Always Greener (2018), the Canadian horror film Undress Me (2017), Street Dance 3D (2010), Angel (2009), the BBC documentary series; Lost to Dance (1998) and God Given Gift (2005/07).

Awards include Royal Ballet School Achievement Award (2005 & 2006) Lynne Seymour Award for Most Expressive Dancer (2004), The NJL Choreographic Development Award (2005) and nominated for The Ulster Tatler Arts Personality of the Year Award (2009 & 2010).

Both Leigh and Jill hope you can join them in Armagh in June for what is to be a most memorable evening.

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased online by clicking here or you can call the box office directly on 028 37 52 1821


Poster by Ryan Bennett

Photo one by Sasha Onyshchenko

Picture two (with wings, by Karin Pritzel

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