Ballet for children set to make a splash as Ugly Duckling comes to Weymouth Pavilion on the 13th June with two performances!

Northern Ballet’s original pioneering ballet for children Ugly Duckling is taking flight in Weymouth as part of a major national tour throughout May and June. Following hugely successful performances in Leeds in October 2017, Ugly Duckling will now be performed at Weymouth Pavilion on 13 June with shows at 2pm & 4pm.

Based on the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, Ugly Duckling tells the story of a lonely duckling, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. This child-friendly 40-minute ballet follows her journey as she comes to learn that she was beautiful all along. It has been created especially for children and their families to experience live dance, music and theatre together.

Ugly Duckling is the first of the Company’s award-winning series of children’s ballets, which includes Three Little Pigs, Elves & the Shoemaker, Tortoise & the Hare and Goldilocks & the Three Bears, all of which have been adapted for TV by CBeebies. Originally created in 2012, Ugly Duckling is choreographed by Northern Ballet leading soloist Dreda Blow and former Northern Ballet dancer Sebastian Loe. It features set designs by Dave Gillan, lighting by Alastair West, costumes by Julie Anderson and music arranged by John Longstaff, which will be performed live at every venue by members of Northern Ballet Sinfonia. Daniel de Andrade, Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director of Children’s Ballets, said:
‘We are thrilled to be bringing Ugly Duckling back to audiences across the country. Our children’s ballets are created with the needs of our audience in mind and as such are short, captivating and uplifting, creating a truly magical live dance experience for the whole family. As the very first of our short ballet collection, we are excited Ugly Duckling is now returning to enchant even more children and their families.’

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