All hail Evan in Cleopatra

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AN eight year old budding ballet dancer from Sheffield is taking his place in history this week - playing the son of two of the world’s most famous leaders as he makes his stage debut in Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra at the Lyceum Theatre.

Evan Lydon, a student at Greenhill Primary School and a dance student at the Bailey Cox Dance Academy in Sheffield has found himself transformed into Caesarion, the son of Cleopatra and Julias Caesar in the new ballet choreographed by Artistic Director David Nixon and set to a newly composed score by celebrated composer Claude-Michel Schönberg, best known across the world for Les Misérables and Miss Saigon.

Evan could scarcely contain his excitement. “I can’t wait to be in Cleopatra. I love ballet because it’s so much fun and I really enjoy dancing. I’m so excited about performing with Northern Ballet I could explode!”

As they perform their first new full-length ballet in almost three years, Northern Ballet announced two further new productions for 2011.

The first is Giselle, which will be premiered at the Leeds Grand Theatre in May. Incorporating all the original choreography by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Giselle is restaged for Northern Ballet by Yoko Ichino, who has danced the lead role many times for some of the world’s greatest companies.

In December Northern Ballet brings a fairytale favourite to the stage with a unique and magical new production of Beauty & the Beast. Choreographed by artistic director David Nixon to an infectious score comprising music by Bizet, Debussy, Poulenc and Fauré, it is the second entirely new production to be created in the Company’s new home in Leeds and makes an exciting addition to the repertoire of family ballets which already includes The Nutcracker, Peter Pan and A Christmas Carol.

Cleopatra continues at the Lyceum until Saturday