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Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra Of Sage Gateshead, provide music for BalletLORENT's new creation Rapunzel

Posted on 15 February 2013

Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead have recorded the music for balletLORENT’s new creation based on a contemporary version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel. The show was premiered in October in Durham and will be next shown at Northern Stage in Newcastle from Thursday 21 February.

balletLORENT’s Artistic Director, Liv Lorent, invited a strong team of collaborators with world-class recognition for the making of Rapunzel. Collaborators include: poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, who has written this new version of the classic fairytale Rapunzel; composer Murray Gold (Doctor Who, Shameless, Torchwood); costume designer Michele Clapton (HBO’s Game of Thrones and TV dramas Sense and Sensibility) and narrator Lesley Sharp (who is an actor for an eclectic range of TV and film productions).

Inspired by the dark themes central to this fairy story: a woman’s longing for a child, promises and deceit, sexual jealousy, loyalty, loneliness, vengeance and redemption, Liv Lorent says: “Most of us remember Rapunzel’s hair and the tower, but we’re a bit hazy on the rest of the story. It has been told again and again and reinterpreted for children of today through versions like Disney’s Tangled, but we’re telling an older, slightly darker version, more akin to its Grimm tale origins. We’ve included a part of the story which is usually neglected and will be telling it through the eyes of different characters.”

This large scale production is being performed by eight of balletLORENT’s talented dancers who are joined by a cast of 10 children and young people from the age of 2-17yrs. balletLORENT is working with 14 young people who attend the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) scheme at DanceCity, and a group of toddlers and their parents.

The piece is co-produced with Northern Stage. It is a Sadler’s Wells and New Writing North commission in association with Durham Book Festival.


The next performance of the show takes place at:

Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne
21st – 23rd February 2013
2pm & 7pm (7pm only on 21st)
£24.00 / £19.50 / £12.50 (concessions available)
0191 230 5151

balletLORENT: For further information on balletLORENT please visit their website

Director Liv Lorent
Associate Director Ben Crompton
Assistant Directors Geoffrey Hopson, Simon Birch
Choreography Liv Lorent in collaboration with the company
Scenario Writer Carol Ann Duffy
Music composed by Murray Gold
Performed by Murray Gold and Northern Symphonia (conductor Ben Foster)
Set Designer Phil Eddolls
Costume Designer Michele Clapton
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Narrator Lesley Sharp
Music Recording Northern Sinfonia
Voice in Rapunzel’s theme Halia Meguid
Orchestrations by Ben Foster
Mixed by Jake Jackson
Composer’s assistant Juilieana Rusnak

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