Poetry Pop-Up Performance hits Manchester Town Hall

To coincide with the last leg of our national tour of Le Corsaire, English National Ballet invites you join us at Manchester Town Hall for an exclusive ‘pop up’ pas de trois performance, choreographed by Associate Artist George Williamson and inspired by the winning poem from the Le Corsaire poetry challenge.

In October 2013, English National Ballet launched a national Le Corsaire poetry challenge in partnership with Young Poets Network. From a range of extremely high standard entries, the winning poem was chosen for the brilliant way it captured the epic love story and the distinctive setting of life on the high seas.

The winning poem:

 Le Corsaire by Flora de Falbe

Look what the sea dragged in,
rugged and salt-cheeked like a bit of weathered glass.
All the ladies love a pirate. All the pirate loves
is the lady with limbs like fireworks,
throwing herself from shape to shape as though made of light.
If sold, she’ll slip your fist before you touch her;
if bought, she’ll call her pirate king to save her;
and storms will send them skipping over waves, unchained,
her hair still, somehow, full of flowers.

The new piece choreographed by George Williamson, and soon to be performed at Manchester Town Hall, takes the winning poem as inspiration.

To reflect the multi-authoring and collaboration of art forms within Le Corsaire, this performance includes music created by students at the Royal Northern College of Music and performed by a saxophone quartet, with costumes designed by a student from London’s Istituto Marangoni.

Wednesday 12 February, 13.30 and 14.30* in the Great Hall, Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, M60 2LA

Free of charge, no booking required**

English National Ballet perform Le Corsaire, at Manchester Palace Theatre from 11 – 15 February. For more information visit www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire

*Performance duration approximately 12 minutes, followed by a Q&A session with Choreographer George Williamson and dancers from English National Ballet after each performance. **Capacity 600; places will be offered on a first come first served basis.

To find out more about the Poetry Society and Young Poets Network, visit www.poetrysociety.org.uk and www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk