The Great Gatsby, Northern Ballet, The Lowry, review: a decadent jaunt in 1920s America

The Great Gatsby performed by the Northern Ballet
The Great Gatsby performed by the Northern Ballet Credit: Emma Kauldhar

Northern Ballet’s distinctive line in narrative ballet is one of the most clearly defined features on the British dance landscape. And, as this welcome revival of The Great Gatsby (in David Nixon’s 2013 adaptation) attests, it has never been a company to shrink from a challenge.

F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous American novel is, in some ways, made for modern ballet. This story of high society and low dealing in Twenties America is a gift for ballet makers in terms of the dance, the music and the visual style of the era in which it plays out.

However, most classical ballets have deliberately straightforward plots, whereas The Great Gatsby’s – which involves multiple locations, many tempestuous relationships...

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