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Ballet brings in city's new year
Ice Ball ballet
City centre revellers will get a taste of ballet this new year
The centre of Newcastle is to be transformed into a ballet stage as part of an artistic start to 2004.

Internationally renowned choreographer Liv Lorent is recreating her award winning performance of The Ball at the city's Grey's Monument.

It will be the centrepiece of a cultural New Year Eve to mirror the usual scenes of festive revelling, for which Newcastle has become famous.

Adding to the spectacle will be fabulous costumes, designed by Newcastle-based couture designer Paul Shriek.

Liv Lorent, whose company balletLORENT has been based in Newcastle for the last eight years, said: "We wanted to share the Ball with our beautiful home city having already performed to audiences this summer in Trafalgar Square.

"It has been specially choreographed and designed for this occasion for the people of the North East.

'Stunning addition'

"The Ice Ball is inspired by a scene from the ice rink in Central Park, New York.

"After each performance comes to a close, the dancers will move into the audience and give them a chance to dance with our dancers under the amazing blanket of Christmas fairy lights at Grey's Monument."

Councillor Ged Bell, Cabinet member for Culture, Tourism and Sport on Newcastle City Council, said: "This Ice Ball will be a stunning addition to the celebrations for New Year in Newcastle.

"We are aiming this year to provide a programme of events that will appeal to all the family.

"There will be something for everyone with drama, colour, and spectacle including fire sculptures firing up to 30 feet into the air.

"The midnight fireworks are organised so that people can still enjoy the amazing display by choosing a vantage point in their own community.

"Alternatively they can gather with friends at giant countdown clocks at Grey's Monument or the civic centre to enjoy fireworks."

The first performance of The Ice Ball will be at 1600 GMT on New Year's Eve and repeated at 1700 GMT.





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