Northern Ballet’s anniversary offer was Geisha, a new ballet by the choreographer Kenneth Tindall, whose previous work for the company had earned plaudits. In fact, Geisha did have its world premiere just before the theatres went dark, and won a raft of four-star reviews, so the company is bound to bring it back once life returns to normal.
Meanwhile, though, Kenneth Tindall brings his work directly to your home by streaming it online on Northern Ballet’s digital dance platform.
The first new work Tindall is streaming is EGO, a dance film he co-directed with film-maker Dan Lowenstein. It stars two of Northern Ballet’s leading dancers, Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Kevin Poeung, alongside two guest artists of a very different artistic provenance: breakdancer and founder of TrashDollies Sam Amos, and krump dancer Jonadette Carpio.
The work pushes the frontiers of traditional ballet by blending a variety of dance styles, and is set in different locations: Leeds, London and Lytham St Annes in Lancashire.
Antoinette Brooks-Daw and Kevin Poeung in EGO. Photo: Emily Nuttall
EGO tells the story of a love affair: on the surface, it appears to be the perfect relationship, but running in parallel is quite a different relationship between the couple’s alter egos. These are much rawer, loaded with animalistic emotion, and through the contrast between the two, Tindall asks, ‘how much does your ego control your behaviour?’
EGO is set to a score composed by Dave Crow with singer Marie McGonigle and Leeds-based rapper Jamzy.
Kenneth Tindall’s EGO is available free from Friday 27 March.
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27 Mar 20 – 27 Mar 21, Available from 27 March onwards