Robert de Warren Posters

Take a look at Northern Ballet's poster designs under Robert de Warren's artistic direction from 1976 - 1987

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Northern Dance Theatre perform at Radcliffe, Middleton, Bolton and Congleton (1977-03) by Northern Dance TheatreNorthern Ballet

Robert de Warren took over as Artistic Director of Northern Dance Theatre in 1976.

Northern Dance Theatre is renamed Northern Ballet Theatre by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

He made the decision to change the name to Northern Ballet Theatre to better reflect what he felt the Company would be doing.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs at Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester (1977-10) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

In his first programme as Artistic Director, he wrote:

'If the old name of Northern Dance Theatre seemed to convey an image of contemporary dance, an adjustment was needed to bring over a concise idea of what we really present.

Since theatrical dance presentations are called Ballets the choice was obvious, and we now embark on our first season as Northern Ballet Theatre.'

Northern Ballet Theatre perform Coppélia and a mixed programme of ballets (1978-05) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Under de Warren's leadership, Northern Ballet Theatre built up a wide range of varied performances.

This production of Coppélia featured a Lancashire clog dance.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform Madame Butterfly (1979-05) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

De Warren saw Northern Ballet Theatre through its tenth birthday.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform Coppélia and a mixed programme of ballets at Derby Playhouse (1979-07) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

His aim for the Company was 'a mixed repertory which will stress our possibilities as a medium sized company'.

Northern Ballet Theatre presents a programme of ballets at Royal Northern College of Music (1979-09-27) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

He choreographed scaled-down versions of the classics which could be toured all over the UK, reaching around 230 performances a year.

Northern Ballet Theatre's production of Johann Strauss' Cinderella at Festival Theatre Paignton (1980-01-21) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

He also created his own full-length version of Cinderella, using the ballet score composed by Johann Strauss.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Madame Butterfly and Cinderella at Forum Theatre, Billingham (1908-10) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

In his version, de Warren set Cinderella in a department store.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform Cinderella (1980) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

The production managed to combine a very traditional style with an unusual setting.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs a programme of ballets at Sadler's Wells Theatre by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Being a regional company doesn't stop Northern Ballet Theatre from performing in the capital, as shown by their programme of ballets at Sadler's Wells, London.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal Nottingham (1980-10-04) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

The Nutcracker is always a crowd-pleaser for any ballet company.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform Cinderella at The Palace Theatre, Manchester (1980-12-07) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

The Cinderella score by Johann Strauss had not been used for 60 years before de Warren revived it at Northern Ballet Theatre.

Northern Ballet Theatre presents a new production of The Nutcracker at Derby Playhouse (1981-01) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

During Robert de Warren's leadership, Princess Margaret became Northern Ballet Theatre's first Royal Patron.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Sylvia at Opera Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music (1981-04-29) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Before Northern Ballet Theatre's production of Sylvia in 1981, there hadn't been a full-length version in Britain for more than 15 years.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Delibes Festival, including Coppélia & Sylvia (1981-06) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

From 1977 to 1989, Northern Ballet Theatre performed Coppélia over 350 times.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Midsummer Night's Dream at Grand Theatre Swansea (1981-10) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

In 1981, de Warren created a new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream for the Company.

Northern Ballet Theatre perfroms Cinderella at Opera Theatre, Royal Northern College of Music (1982-01-05) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

De Warren chose A Midsummer Night's Dream as he felt they needed a new story ballet after Cinderella.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Midsummer Night's Dream at Darlington Civic Theatre (1982-02-23) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

De Warren's futuristic version of A Midsummer Night's Dream was set to the Mendelssohn score.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform The Nutcracker (1982-03) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Leonard Salzedo arranged the music for both Cinderella and A Midsummer Night's Dream

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Cinderella and A Midsummer Night's Dream at New Theatre, Hull (1982-04-13) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Clive Lavagna designed the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, giving it an other-worldliness.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Palace Theatre, Manchester (1982-06) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

In this poster, you can see the set and costumes were strikingly modern.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs a programme of ballets at Sadler's Wells Theatre (1982-06-28) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Guest artists from American Ballet Theatre appeared with Northern Ballet Theatre in their mixed programme at Sadler's Wells Theatre, London.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs a programme of ballets in Hong Kong (1982-11) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Under Robert de Warren, Northern Ballet Theatre started performing internationally.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Coppélia and The Nutcracker at The Orchard, Kent (1982-11) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

De Warren increased the number of dancers in the Company from 11 to 28.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs a programme of ballets for the 15th Anniversary Ballet Festival (1984-01-03) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet Theatre celebrated their 15th anniversary with a mixed programme at Royal Northern College of Music.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Alice in Wonderland (1983-02) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

This version of Alice in Wonderland was choreographed by Rosemary Helliwell.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform The Sleeping Beauty at Grand Theatre, Swansea (1984-04) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Alongside the new creations, De Warren still produced traditional ballets like Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Cinderella at Chichester Festival Theatre (1984-11-27) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

John Percival wrote that de Warren's production of Cinderella was 'thoroughly enjoyable entertainment'.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Coppélia at Theatre Royal Hanley (1985-04-18) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet Theatre has performed at numerous venues over the years. Some, like the Theatre Royal in Hanley, are no longer theatres. Instead, Theatre Royal, Hanley, has been turned into two nightclubs.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Les Sylphides and Alice in Wonderland at Theatre Royal Nottingham (1985-06-11) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet still perform regularly at Nottingham Theatre Royal.

Northern Ballet Theatre makes their debut in Northern Ireland with A Midsummer Night's Dream (1985-11-12) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Northern Ballet Theatre performed in Northern Ireland for the first time in 1985 as part of the 1985 Belfast Festival.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs The Nutcracker at Theatre Royal Norwich (1985-12) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Michael Corder, one of Britain's most successful choreographers, was a special guest in Northern Ballet Theatre's 1985 production of The Nutracker.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs three ballets at Opera House, Buxton (1986-04-04) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Tickets were slightly more expensive than in Laverne Meyer's time but still only £4.50!

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Othello and The Nutcracker at Poole Arts Centre (1986-04) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

De Warren also choreographed a production of Othello.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform Cinderella at Wilmslow Leisure Centre (1986-12-16) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Amongst the new productions, the Company still performed revivals of de Warren's Cinderella.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs Swan Lake at Sheffield City Hall (1987-01-06) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Rudolf Nureyev became Artist Laureate, performing with the Company in a number of productions, including these performances of Swan Lake.

Northern Ballet Theatre perform The Nutcracker by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

The Company expanded its reach and its numbers during Robert de Warren's leadership.

Northern Ballet Theatre performs A Midsummer Night's Dream at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (1987-06-23) by Northern Ballet TheatreNorthern Ballet

Robert de Warren left Northern Ballet Theatre in 1987 to become the Ballet Director of Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

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