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Film: La Haine

Spring 2014

17th May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: La Haine

Synopsis

Myth of Paris

‘One of the most blisteringly effective pieces of urban cinema ever made’ The Times

Mathieu Kassovitz took the film world by storm with La Haine, an unsettling and visually explosive attempt to explore the racial and cultural instability of late 20th century France, specifically in the low-income districts on Paris’ outskirts.

Aimlessly passing their days in the concrete environs of their dead-end suburbia, Vinz (Vincent Cassel), Hubert (Hubert Koundé), and Saïd’s (Saïd Taghmaoui) bristling resentment at their marginalization slowly simmers to a climactic boiling point. A landmark of contemporary French cinema and a gripping entry into the cultural analysis of the country’s ongoing identity crisis.

Introduced by Max Silverman, Professor of Modern French Studies at the University of Leeds. 

Cert 15; France; 1995; Dir. Mathieu Kassovitz; in French with English Subtitles; 96 mins

Next Performances
Sat 17th May Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Royal Northern Sinfonia: Glorious Bach

Spring 2014

22nd May 2014

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Town Hall

Adult ticket: £7 - £19

Royal Northern Sinfonia: Glorious Bach

Synopsis

The final concert of the season is dedicated to one of music’s all-time greats, J S Bach. He wrote over 1100 works that capture the very essence of music and which have inspired musicians of all kinds, from classical to jazz to pop. This concert includes The Musical Offering, a splendid collection of pieces all based on a single theme given to Bach by Frederick the Great. The famous Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 is a work of joyous celebration, often heard in films, on television and of course at weddings. A traditional French dance inspired the Suite No. 2, guaranteeing that you will leave the concert hall with a spring in your step – especially when played by Royal Northern Sinfonia under the effervescent direction of Leader Bradley Creswick and soloist Juliette Bausor.

JS Bach The Musical Offering
JS Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major
JS Bach Suite No. 2 in B minor

Director Bradley Creswick
Flute Juliette Bausor

Next Performances
Thu 22nd May Dewsbury Dewsbury Town Hall
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Words: Seumas Milne - The Enemy Within, the Secret War Against the Miners

Synopsis

'The most important exposé of contemporary political Britain I have read.’ John Pilger

Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984–85 miners' strike as ‘the enemy within’. In this special talk, Guardian journalist Seumas Milne explores the astonishing lengths to which the government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destroy the power of Britain's National Union of Miners (NUM). 

On the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the strike, Milne updates his blistering account to include recently declassified state papers that reveal the extent of NUM infiltration and surveillance, and how much of MI5's 'counter-subversion' work has now been absorbed by the police. 

Part of Liberty Lectures 2014, in association with DARE.

Next Performances
Thu 22nd May Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Performance: Monday’s Child

Winter 2014

24th May 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £10

Performance: Monday’s Child

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A fun family play by Brendan Murray

Presented by tutti frutti productions and York Theatre Royal

At five years old, Tuesday Wild delights in discovering her world. She revels in days spent with her eccentric Great Gran and loves learning new things – how to count, the different colours and the pleasures of abc and 123.

With live music and dance, this imaginative dream-like, yet funny story explores how we learn, grow old and cope with new challenges. Join us for a discovery of worlds old & new. Perfect for children aged 3 to 7 and their families.

Next Performances
Sat 24th May Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Words: Paul Mason - Beyond Resistance

Spring 2014

4th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Words: Paul Mason - Beyond Resistance

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'Compact, urgent, present-tense, declarative, and addictive.’ The Guardian

Not shy of tackling tear gas, poverty or power from across the political spectrum; Paul Mason’s first-hand reportage has established him as an important journalist and commentator on social change.

For this special talk, Mason looks at how the economic crisis, social networking and a new political consciousness have come together to ignite a new generation of radicals and what the future holds.  What now for an alternative to capitalism that lies beyond resistance?

Part of Liberty Lectures 2014, in association with DARE.

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Wed 4th Jun Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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FILMusic: Grouper and Paul Clipson

Winter 2014

5th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £12.50

FILMusic: Grouper and Paul Clipson

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American Routes

HYPNOSIS DISPLAY

‘The music of grouper creates a feeling that can only be defined as awe, an uncanny mixture of wonder and dread that nobody does better’ Pitchfork

A new FILMusic commission by Opera North, HYPNOSIS DISPLAY is a meditation on contemporary America in sound and image. Portland based musician Grouper (Liz Harris) juxtaposes layers of processed field recording, choral vocal harmony and keyboard in a resonant framework that moves behind and through Paul Clipson’s 16mm film. Clipson’s densely rhythmical images in turn traverse Grouper’s musical language to create startling, revelatory, and critical associations.

Together they invite the audience to participate in a collective mind’s-eye trip through landscapes of American myth making, including: the west coast, the worker, the city and the street.

Commissioned by Opera North Projects in association with Qu Junktions
Supported by the Opera North Future Fund

Next Performances
Thu 5th Jun Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Music: Toumani Diabaté

Spring 2014

6th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £17.50

Music: Toumani Diabaté

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With Sidiki Diabaté

[the] ‘…finest Toumani collaboration I have heard since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré’.

The Guardian

Toumani Diabaté is one of Africa's greatest musicians and a visionary of the potential of his ancient instrument, the Kora a 21 string bridge-harp. From a line of 71 generations of griot musicians, he returns to the Howard Assembly Room in an exquisite new duo format, with his son Sidiki.

Whether responding to his father’s themes with bright grooves or effortlessly taking the lead with flights of skimming notes, Sidiki Diabaté is a rich new collaborative voice for Toumani. Featuring both classic favourites like Kaira and fresh material, their remarkable duets see a new era in Toumani Diabaté’s fine career.

Next Performances
Fri 6th Jun Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Götterdämmerung

Summer 2014

14th Jun - 12th Jul 2014

Nationwide

Touring 4 theatres

Adult ticket: £15 - £51

Götterdämmerung

Synopsis

Twilight of the Gods

Opera North’s four-year traversal of Der Ring des Nibelungen reaches the cycle’s overwhelming conclusion. The all-consuming love of Siegfried and Brünnhilde is broken in bitter betrayal; the machinations of Hagen, son of Alberich, seal Siegfried’s doom; and Brünnhilde’s self-immolation precipitates the end of the old world order and the beginning of a new era.

The musical and dramatic power of Götterdämmerung is awe-inspiring – from Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, to the mighty chorus of the Gibichung vassals, to Siegfried’s Funeral March, and – above all – to Brünnhilde’s immolation and the work’s titanic orchestral climax.

Alwyn Mellor, widely praised for her radiant portrayal of Sieglinde in Opera North’s Die Walküre in 2012, sings the role of Brünnhilde in these performances. She is joined by a cast that also includes the American tenor Daniel Brenna as Siegfried and Susan Bickley as Waltraute. All are under the guidance of Opera North’s Music Director Richard Farnes, whose conducting of the previous instalments of this cycle has been universally acclaimed.

Lasts approximately 6 hours 15 mins

Please note: performance time includes two intervals, one of 30 mins, and one of 1 hour 15 mins.

Sung in German with English titles

A collaboration with The Sage Gateshead and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Financially supported by the Opera North Future Fund and The Ring Fellowship.

Download our complete opera performance diary for 2013-14 here.

Next Performances
Sat 14th Jun Leeds Leeds Town Hall
Wed 18th Jun Leeds Leeds Town Hall
Sat 21st Jun Birmingham Symphony Hall
Sat 28th Jun Gateshead Sage
There are a total of 6 upcoming performances for this production
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Performance: Love Beyond Measure

Spring 2014

20th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Performance: Love Beyond Measure

Synopsis

The Legend of Sohni and Mahiwal 

‘This is such an exciting project, and a real meeting of minds. The love story at its centre is ancient, but still hits home’. Daniel Hadley, Co-Director of Wafer Hadley

A rich textured exploration of the love story between Sohni and Mahiwal, whose passionate and illicit midnight rendezvous on the banks of the river Chenab in the Punjab are celebrated in Indian painting, literature and Bollywood film alike.

In this evening of music, dance and image, the Sufi-influenced poetry of Qadir Yaar is interwoven with images drawn from the paintings of Arpana Caur, specially commissioned music by David Wilson and Inder Matharu, and dance sequences by Rashmi Sudhir.

Conceived and curated by Alchemy in partnership with Wafer Hadley

Next Performances
Fri 20th Jun Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £6

Family West African Music Interactive Performance

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Experience and respond to the captivating sound of West-African melodies and rhythms in this special interactive performance for families of all ages – the perfect way to introduce young children to live music!

Next Performances
Sat 21st Jun Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Twilight: Freedom!

Spring 2014

25th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £7.50

Twilight: Freedom!

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‘…choral singing that pins you to the back of your seat…’ The Sunday Times

A vibrant twilight concert from the massed voice of the Chorus of Opera North. From the bravura Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen, to Verdi’s Gypsy Chorus, this is the music of hot summer nights and an escape from the conventions of society.

A celebration of visions of individual freedom in the 19th century imagination and beyond, the vagabond life and the open road come to life in an exhilarating range of choruses and songs by composers also including Schumann, Kodály and Brahms.

Featuring members of the Orchestra of Opera North. 

Next Performances
Wed 25th Jun Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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Film: A Sunday in Hell

Spring 2014

28th Jun 2014

Leeds

Howard Assembly Room

Adult ticket: £5

Film: A Sunday in Hell

Synopsis

Vive le Grand Départ!

‘a polished and well captured documentary’ DVD Talk

‘Arguably the best film ever made about professional cyclingInternational Film Guide, Jørgen Leth’s documentary about the 1976 Paris to Roubaix bicycle race, shows the gruelling spring-classic race from the perspective of participants, organisers and spectators.

Cert PG; Denmark; 1976; 111mins; Dir Jørgen Leth

Next Performances
Sat 28th Jun Leeds Howard Assembly Room
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