Announcement: Snow White

 Photo Johan Persson

A morality tale or flight of fancy?

From Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 April 2023 London Children’s Ballet presents the much loved story of Snow White. With a cast of 50 talented young dancers aged 9 – 16 this classic children’s story is brought to life after months of rehearsals. 

 Photo Johan Persson

There are many versions of Snow White, but it was first formally authored by the Brothers Grimm in a collection of fairy stories published in Germany in 1812.  Originally the seven characters were not so charming, forcing Snow White to wash, cook and clean for them. It was the Walt Disney film of 1937 that created the characters audiences have grown to love. All versions of Snow White relish the villain, the Evil Queen and her direct opposite, the vulnerable innocent Snow White who is banished to the forest as punishment for her own vanity perhaps? For the sake of drama and feeling, the Evil Queen has her come-uppance whilst Snow White finds ultimate love in this 80-minute story ballet.

Gala Performance will take place at 5.30 pm on Saturday 15 April

Further performances run from:
Thursday 13 April at 7 pm
Friday 14 April at 1 pm and 7 pm
Saturday 15 April at 1.30 pm
Sunday 16 April at 12.30 pm and 4.30 pm
Ticket prices from £18 – £55

 Photo Johan Persson

Artistic Director Ruth Brill has gathered a team of creative talents including the choreographer Gavin McCaig who trained at the Dance School of Scotland and English National Ballet School before joining Northern Ballet. In 2019 he created a short film for Northern Ballet’s Digital Platform, Silenced, which went on to win Best Dance Short at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London. In 2021, his first children’s ballet Pinocchio premiered for Northern Ballet in Leeds before a national tour. More recently, he choreographed a new narrative work for Images 2022 Assembly Line which toured to several venues including Lilian Baylis at Sadler’s Wells.  

Composer Richard Norris trained as a classical pianist at the Royal College of Music and joined Tring Park School for The Performing Arts in 2002. He spent two years in Japan where he became Director of Music at the A.I.S. Ballet School in Osaka, before returning to Tring in 2007, where he has worked ever since.  Previous commissions with London Children’s Ballet include the first Snow White (2009) choreographed by Olivia Pickford, the 2016 revival with new choreography by Jenna Lee and the 2017  production of Little Lord Fauntleroy. Richard and Jenna continued their collaboration with “Puss In Boots” (2018) for Northern Ballet Theatre, which was televised on CBeebies. Since 2010, Richard has played five times for the RAD Genée (now Fonteyn) International Ballet Competition.

The costume designer Sarah Godwin graduated in Costume Design from Wimbledon College of art in 2008. Since designing the costumes for the 2009 production of Snow White she has worked as a textile artist for film and TV.  

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