#lovelowry guest curator – Abigail Prudames, Principal Soloist at Northern Ballet

I’m Abigail Prudames, and I’m a Principal Soloist at Northern Ballet in Leeds. The Company always loves touring to the The Lowry and we will soon be back with our thrilling production of Dangerous Liaisons, 1 – 5 June. This is a particularly exciting visit for us as they will be our first live performances of 2021, the beginning of our 2021 tour, and our long-awaited return to the stage. Due to the pandemic we have not visited The Lowry since 2019 when we performed The Great Gatsby, so we can’t wait to kick off our post-pandemic performances in Salford.

Inspired by the original novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, our production of Dangerous Liaisons is choreographed by Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE. It tells the scandalous tale of two bored aristocrats who play a game of sexual power and deceit that ultimately results in lost love and ruined lives. I will be performing the role of the Marquise de Merteuil in one of the casts. The Marquise is very manipulative and enjoys spinning a web of heartbreak and ruin, but she is also prone to jealousy and eventually falls victim to her own revenge game.

Preparing for Dangerous Liaisons with all the Covid-19 restrictions has of course been challenging, but we have adjusted how we rehearse and tour so we can still bring ballet back to The Lowry. Everyone has been so dedicated to making sure we’d be ready to perform again as soon as possible. The rehearsal room has looked very different! During lockdown, the dancers have been working in three separate bubbles based on the different casts that will be performing at The Lowry. These bubbles have been divided for both classes and rehearsals, there has been no mixing at all. In class we stay socially distanced, and in rehearsals only the dancers performing a pas de deux are touching. We are doing lateral flow testing twice a week at home, so we know everyone is well before they come into the studios. The Technical, Wardrobe and Stage Management teams are also working in bubbles and doing regular testing too, so we’re all doing everything we can to make sure we are able to perform safely.

If you want to find out more about our production of Dangerous Liaisons you can visit the Northern Ballet website at northernballet.com/dangerous-liaisons where you can read the story and take a look at the production photos.

You can watch the trailer for the production below:

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