I had a fantastic couple of weeks creating a brand new piece for National Youth Ballet! I created 'Ada', a neoclassical piece for 32 young women, inspired by the life and work of mathematician Ada Lovelace. We performed at The Crescent Theatre in Birmingham and at Sadler's Wells in London! The dancers were fantastic and the whole team at NYB is just amazing. Please see lovely review below by David Mead from seeing dance.com!
'Best of what is a very good bunch of new ballets is Ada by former English National Ballet and Royal Swedish Ballet dancer Louise Bennett. Based on the life and work of Ada Lovelace, the 19th-century English mathematician and writer, known primarily for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Neoclassical in outlook, the choreography is busy but well-structured as it connects mathematics and art through some impressive patterning. Young choreographers often struggle to handle a large ensemble but Bennett does so most adeptly, small groups emerging from and rejoining the crowd with ease. With not much place to hide mistakes, the dancing needed to be clean and together and was. I liked Tessa Balls’ clean, simple costumes too. I wanted more!'