It can be difficult to give children a first-hand experience of live performance, but Northern Ballet is hoping to enthuse younger audiences with a series of 40-minute films at cinemas across the UK, writes Rob Walker.
Children are no strangers to the cinema, where they can watch a dizzying array of films, from animated cartoons to blockbuster musicals to the latest rite-of-passage teen hits.
But ballet is not a genre they get out the popcorn for. And that, according to David Nixon, artistic director of Northern Ballet, is a shame.
This year, in a series of specially crafted cinematic productions at mainstream cinemas all over the UK, his dance company will try to turn on a new generation to ballet by allowing them to watch world-class dancers at their local Odeon, Cineworld or Picturehouse.
“There’s an unconscious bias towards ballet. Dads will say to their sons, oh, you don’t want to do ballet – that’s for girls,” says Nixon...Keep reading on The Guardian