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English National Ballet — "She Persisted" at Sadlers Wells 04-13 April 2019

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"Three iconic stories and three bold works on and by women.

Broken Wings
Iconic painter Frida Kahlo is the heroine of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings, a colourful ballet full of warmth and passion. Based on Kahlo’s life and art, it is “a marvellous image of creativity and power” (The Independent).

Nora
Stina Quagebeur, First Artist of the Company, choreographs her first work for the main stage. Nora is inspired by the lead character in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, a woman on the path to independence.

Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Pina Bausch’s unforgettable production features 13 male and 13 female dancers on a stage covered in soil. Dancing the selection and sacrifice of a terrified victim, it is as gut-wrenching and galvanising as Stravinsky’s score, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Le Sacre du printemps returns following sold out performances in 2017".

 

Out of interest  I emailed ENB to ask if Francesca Velicu will be reprising her award-winning role as the Chosen One in Le Sacre du printemps,  and if so on what dates.

I had a very speedy reply, albeit of limited assistance,  since historically it seems the way it works with the Pina Bausch Foundation is that the role of the Chosen One is never announced in advance, and is decided upon shortly before curtain-up; whilst  it is hoped that  Francesca Velicu will repeat her  role they cannot be specific about which dates she will appear. 

 

I suppose there is some sort of dramatic logic in having the dancer playing the sacrificial "Chosen One" chosen herself, at short notice, in this way! But it does not help booking choices for anyone wanting to see a particular dancer...

 

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Gosh was that two years ago now!! 

I Think I put that Le Sacre du Printemps was one of my  highlights for 2018 season on the other thread 😳

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Cunard on board as Production Sponsor of English National Ballet’s She Persisted

 

British Cruise Line, Cunard, is to sponsor She Persisted, English National Ballet’s second programme dedicated to female choreography.

Cunard’s sponsorship sees support for the production of the highly anticipated triple bill which includes the premiere of Nora, a new work by Company member and choreographer Stina Quagebeur, based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, alongside the return of Pina Bausch’s masterwork Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Frida Kahlo biopic, Broken Wings.  She Persisted is performed at Sadler’s Wells from 4 -13 April 2019.

 

Patrick Harrison, Executive Director, English National Ballet, said:
“We are delighted to have Cunard’s support as Production Sponsor of She Persisted, which is greatly valued as we continue to showcase female choreography with this ambitious programme.” 

 

Lee Powell, VP Brand and Product, Cunard said:

“Cunard is delighted to be supporting English National Ballet's She Persisted, a production that is sure to be a highlight of this year's dance calendar. With bold new work alongside acclaimed and rarely seen choreography, these powerful performances are why we are so proud and excited to be partnering with one of the most revered dance establishments in the world.”

 

This sponsorship follows the announcement of a partnership between English National Ballet and Cunard to deliver Dance the Atlantic, a unique voyage from Southampton to New York (11-18 August 2019) that will see guests on board the Queen Mary 2 experience the joy of ballet through a range of activities including performances and glimpses behind-the-scenes.

ENDS
 

Notes to Editors:

Listings

She Persisted
Sadler’s Wells, London

Thursday 04 April – Saturday 13 April 2019
Box Office: 020 7863 8000

 

About English National Ballet 
English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.

For further information about English National Ballet visit www.ballet.org.uk.

 

About Cunard
Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 175 years of operation in 2015. Pioneers in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia. In 2017, Cunard announced plans to add a fourth ship to its fleet that will be launched in 2022. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 1998 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service. Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998.

For more information on Cunard or voyages: www.cunard.co.uk

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Press Release from ENB this morning.

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English National Ballet
She Persisted

Sadler’s Wells 
Thursday 04 April – Saturday 13 April 2019 
www.ballet.org.uk/shepersisted  

English National Ballet continues to showcase the woman’s voice in choreography with its second programme dedicated to female choreography, She Persisted, at Sadler’s Wells in April 2019. Following 2016’s acclaimed She Said programme, She Persisted includes the premiere of Nora, a new work by Company member Stina Quagebeur, based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

 

Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) returns following sold out performances in 2017 - only the fourth time it will have been performed in the UK since its creation in 1975. An equal number of female and male dancers perform on a stage covered in soil, dancing the selection and sacrifice of a victim. The music by Stravinsky is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

 

First premiered in April 2016, Annabelle Lopez Ochoas Broken Wings is also revived. Based on the life of Frida Kahlo, Broken Wings was nominated for Best Modern Choreography at the 2016 Critics Circle National Dance Awards. Broken Wings will see legendary ballet star and Guest Principal Repititeur at English National Ballet, Irek Mukhamedov, reprise his role as Diego Rivera.

 

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, said:
“When I became Artistic Director of English National Ballet I was determined to create the right opportunities and space to have more female voices on stage. In the last six years we have presented 28 works by female choreographers across the company, from our She Said programme in 2016, to Emerging Dancer, Choreographics and Engagement programmes and commissions. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved so far, and thrilled that with She Persisted, we add another female voice to our repertoire with Nora from our own Stina Quagebeur, and we continue our commitment to nurture and champion female creators "

 

 

For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk. Please note performance details are subject to change.
 

Listings
 

She Persisted 

Sadler’s Wells, London

Thursday 04 April – Saturday 13 April 2019 

Box Office: 020 7863 8000 or ballet.org.uk/shepersisted  

 

Notes to Editors

 

About English National Ballet 
English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s. Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.

 

About Cunard, Production Sponsor of She Persisted
Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 175 years of operation in 2015. Pioneers in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable. There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia. In 2017, Cunard announced plans to add a fourth ship to its fleet that will be launched in 2022. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 1998 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service. Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998. For more information on Cunard or voyages: www.cunard.co.uk

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