Reasons To Stay AliveREAD MORE
Jonathan imagines Matt Haig’s accessible and inspiring book for the stage with text by April De Angelis. He directs this new play that deals with Matt’s struggle with depression through words, movement and music and is a Co-production with Sheffield Theatres and English Touring Theatre. World Premiere in September 2019 at Sheffield Studio Theatre followed by a UK Tour including Bristol Old Vic, LBT Huddersfield, Northern Stage, HOME Manchester, Theatre Royal York and Leeds Playhouse. #ReasonsPlay
1984 OUT NOW on DVD/Blu-Ray by Opus ArteREAD MORE
Jonathans’ Award-winning adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 with Northern Ballet is now available on DVD and Blu-ray by Opus Arte. Buy on Amazon
Reviews for ‘Road’ at Royal Court Theatre
Jonathan is Movement Director on the 30th anniversary revival of Jim Cartwright’s ‘Road’ at Royal Court Theatre. Working with Director John Tiffany and a stella cast it opened on July 29th to rave reviews and runs until September 9th.
‘Things move quickly in John Tiffany’s kinetic production- inestimably aided by Jonathan Watkins’ movement direction’ -Sunday Times (see Press page for further reviews)
Jonathan wins ‘Best Classical Choreography’ for 1984 at National Dance AwardsREAD MORE
Jonathan was thrilled to receive the award for ‘Best Classical Choreography’ at The National Dance Awards Critic Circle for his adaptation of Orwell’s ‘1984’. The work which he created for Northern Ballet was honoured in a ceremony that took place on 6th Feb, 2016 at Sadler’s Wells and honoured both classical and modern dance created between 1st September 2015 and August 2016.
1984 hosted on WeTransferREAD MORE
1984 is now available to stream on WeTransfer website for a limited time.
1984 wins South Bank Sky Arts Award for DanceREAD MORE
Jonathan’s production of 1984 for Northern Ballet has won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance. Announced at the Award ceremony held at The Savoy, London on June 5th which will be broadcast June 8th at 8pm on Sky Arts.
International streaming of 1984 via BBC ARTS OnlineREAD MORE
BBC Arts Online and The Space have made the full production of 1984 a ballet by Jonathan Watkins available to stream internationally for the next two months. After being broadcast on BBC Four in February and the live UK Tour now being over, the opportunity to watch Northern Ballet’s incredible dance actors perform Jonathan’s adaptation of this iconic novel is accessible to all.
1984 Nominated for South Bank Sky Arts AwardREAD MORE
‘1984’ has been nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award 2016. The production that Jonathan created for Northern Ballet had its world premiere last September and has been nominated in the dance category. The prestigious awards focus on the arts in their entirety and the ceremony will be shown on Sky Arts on 8th June.
1984 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London
24-28th MayREAD MORE
Jonathan’s adaptation of 1984 for Northern Ballet has it’s London Premiere at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 24th May until 28th May, 2016. Tickets available via the Link
Bradford Literature FestivalREAD MORE
Jonathan joins the discussion ‘How The Future Looked From The Past’ as part of The Bradford Literature Festival on May 22nd 2016 at 1pm.
1984 on BBC iPlayerREAD MORE
See ‘1984’ a Ballet by Jonathan Watkins and created for Northern Ballet on BBC iPlayer for the next month. Captured by The Space and BBC Arts at The Manchester Palace Theatre, Jonathan’s adaptation of Orwell’s modern classic is available to stream on BBC iPlayer until March 28th, 2016.
1984 on BBC Four
Sunday 28th Feb at 19.30READ MORE
Jonathan’s adaptation of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece is to be shown on BBC Four. The production created for Northern Ballet and filmed at The Palace Theatre, Manchester will be broadcast on Sunday, February 28th at 19.30 on BBC Four. It will be then available for 30 days after the transmission on BBC iPlayer.
1984 Nominated for The Manchester Theatre AwardsREAD MORE
Jonathan’s adaptation of 1984 for Northern Ballet has been nominated for Dance at The Manchester Theatre Awards. Winners to be announced on March 4th at Manchester’s new HOME venue.
1984 at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London May 2016
24th-28th MayREAD MORE
Tickets now on sale for 1984 A ballet by Jonathan Watkins at Sadler’s Wells, London. The critically acclaimed Northern Ballet production has its London Premiere May 24th-28th, 2016
1984 with Northern BalletREAD MORE
Tour dates and tickets now on sale for Jonathan’s adaptation of Orwell’s Modern classic 1984 with Northern Ballet. Premiering 5th September, 2015 at West Yorkshire Playhouse before a UK tour and performances at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in May, 2016.
CRASH for Texas Ballet TheaterREAD MORE
CRASH will premiere at The Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth-Texas on May 29th
2 New Works, 2 Different GalasREAD MORE
Jonathan will be creating two new works to premiere at two different Gala performances in March 2015. The first taking place at The Leeds Grand Theatre and in celebration of 45 years of Northern Ballet on March 14th, 2015. The second as part of an inaugural Gala performance in support of the Ann Maguire Arts Education Fund to take place at Sadlers Wells Theatre on March 22nd, 2015. He will be bringing together The Hackney Colliery Band live on stage in collaboration with dancers from The Royal Ballet.
World Premiere of 1984 for Northern Ballet
Jonathan is excited to announce he will be creating a new full length adaptation of George Orwell’s modern classic 1984 with Northern Ballet. The World Premiere will take place at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in September 2015 before a major UK tour throughout Autumn 2015 and Spring 2016.
World Premiere for Texas Ballet Theater 14/15 Season
May 2015READ MORE
Jonathan will create a new work for Texas Ballet Theater’s 14/15 season premiering at The Bass Performance Hall Fort Worth, Texas in May 2015. With a new score by Texas native Ryan Cockerham, Designs by Kari Perkins and Lighting Design by Tony Tucci.
World Premiere for Ballet Manila, Philippines
October 2014READ MORE
Jonathan will premiere his new work Present Process for Ballet Manila, Philippines in October 2014 at The Aliw Theatre
KES at The Yorkshire FestivalREAD MORE
Jonathan’s dance adaptation of KES at The Sheffield Crucible will be headlining the Yorkshire Festival 2014
Jonathan is happy to announce his dance theatre re-imagining of the modern classic ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’ by Barry Hines. The world premiere will take place at The Sheffield Crucible Theatre from 27th March- Sat 5th April, 2014 . With new music by Alex Baranowski, Design by Ben Stones, Puppetry Design and Direction by Rachael Canning, Lighting by Mark Henderson and Sound Design by Nick Greenhill.
Jonathan will be creating the movement for Coriolanus which will run from 6th December- 11th February at The Donmar Warehouse and will be screened live to cinemas across the world on 30th January as part of NT Live
From 6th SepREAD MORE
After its premiere at The Manchester International Festival in July The Machine with Choreography by Jonathan is performed at The Park Avenue Armory
PEOPLE UK TOUR
From 4th SepREAD MORE
People goes on a UK tour starting off at the newly renovated Birmingham Rep Theatre