“A whirpool of lust, love and loss’
“Think intrigue, think seduction, think of turbulent emotions straining at the tight lacing of 18th Century bodices and lustful thoughts seething under the calmly elegant wigs of aristocratic men’
The Herald, Scotland
“Nixon's breathtaking, dramatic choreography … these Dangerous Liaisons are a volcanic, voluptuous, visceral delight’
York Evening Press
“The costumes are sensual and exciting. The duets are packed with intrigue and emotion’
“Northern Ballet's dancers pour masses of spirit and energy into this ballet… Nixon's choreography is fluent and stylish’
The Sunday Times
“Wonderful and beyond my expectations, dramatic interpretation of the ballet is amazing and set, lighting, costume add to the delight’
“Thrilled by their (the Northern Ballet dancers) performance and the interpretation of the story, danced with grace and athleticism … spellbinding’
The Devil finds work for idle hands. Letters fly between the mansions of France as two bored aristocrats plot a game of heartbreak and ruin. As their plans unfold innocence is preyed upon, relationships shattered and love lost in this account of decadence and cruelty.
Whether you're a dance lover or a dance virgin, this bodice-ripping story of lust, power and betrayal will leave you breathless.
Age guidance: 12+
Audiences have been enjoying Dangerous Liaisons for over two hundred years with a variety of adaptations for stage, screen and radio. Here are some of its highlights…
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, a French novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, was first published in four volumes by Durand Neveu. Composed entirely of letters it is the letters between the Marquise de Merteuil and Vicomt de Valmont which drive the plot. The 1796 edition was illustrated by Jean-Honoré Fragonard.
The first silver screen adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses, directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jeanne Moreau, Gerard Phillipe and Annette Vadim, sets the story in a late-1950s French bourgeois milieu.
The Royal Shakespeare Company's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, written by Christopher Hampton, relights popularity in the story. The cast includes Lindsay Duncan, Alan Rickman & Juliet Stevenson and goes on to win two Olivier Awards.
Stephen Frears' lavish film version of Dangerous Liaisons, based upon Christopher Hampton's play and starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer assures wide-spread popularity and goes on to be nominated for seven Academy Awards winning three.
BalletMet artistic director, David Nixon, creates and premieres his beguiling ballet version of Dangerous Liaisons at the Ohio Theatre, Columbus. Initially inspired by the 1988 film, and then the original novel, Nixon sets his spine-tingling version to Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
18th Century lust, seduction and betrayal are given a modern-day update in the form of American teen-flick Cruel Intentions starring Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon. Relocating the story to contemporary New York it is set amongst ruthless upper-class High School teenagers playing sexual power games.
Northern Ballet's Dangerous Liaisons returns to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds this September. Don't miss your opportunity to experience this celebrated story for yourself with this seductive ballet.
Tuesday 7 – Saturday 11 September
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Under 26s: Free tickets are available Tuesday to Thursday subject to availability.
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