Grand Opera House, Belfast
29 May – 1 June 2019
Next month, Northern Ballet makes its highly anticipated return to Belfast with the final stop on its world première tour of hit new ballet Victoria. Bringing the sensational story of Queen Victoria to life in dance and coinciding with the 200th anniversary year of the birth of one of history’s most iconic monarchs, Victoria has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. The final performances of Victoria will be held at the Grand Opera House from 29 May – 1 June 2019.
Victoria tells the astounding life story of Queen Victoria through the eyes of her youngest child and lifelong companion Beatrice. Travelling back in time from Victoria’s death bed, Beatrice relives her memories of her mother as a secluded widow before discovering her anew as she transcribes the Queen’s intimate diaries. Wife, mother, lover, Empress; Victoriapresents the various, often conflicting faces of this emblematic monarch.
Victoria is choreographed and directed by the internationally acclaimed Cathy Marston, who also created Northern Ballet’scritically-acclaimed Jane Eyre which was nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award. It is performed to live music with an original score by Philip Feeney whose previous scores for Northern Ballet include Jane Eyre and Cinderella. Sets and costumes are designed by Steffen Aarfing whose recent projects include designs for Król Roger at the Royal Opera House. Lighting is designed by Alastair West who was recently nominated at the Knight of Illumination Awards for his designs for Northern Ballet’s Casanova. Dramaturgy is by British director and writer Uzma Hameed whose previous projects includeWoolf Works for The Royal Ballet. The scenario for Victoria has been written by Marston and Hameed in collaboration.
David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, said: ‘Queen Victoria is arguably one of the most iconic women of all time. The legacy of her extraordinary reign extends into the current day and we are privileged to be able to tell her story in dance.’
Cathy Marston said: ‘Victoria’s life was full of extraordinary innovations and characters and I feel very inspired by the unusual perspective of Victoria’s daughter Beatrice, from whom we discover our iconic, but nevertheless elusive subject. Responsible for shaping much of what we know of Queen Victoria today, this mother/daughter relationship is both a historically and emotionally compelling engine for our new ballet.’
Tickets are priced from £19.25 and are on sale now. To book visit goh.co.uk or call 028 9024 1919.
Victoria is a co-production between Northern Ballet and The National Ballet of Canada.
Northern Ballet is holding an audio-described performance and touch tour for visually-impaired patrons on Saturday 1 June 2019. For more information, visit northernballet.com/victoriaeve