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  1. I enjoyed a lot of the movement in this piece; those velvety, sumptuous fondue transitions that had a quality of liquid (or stringy mozzarella) that seemed to ripple. I wasn't quite sure of the narrative, if there was one, which sort of left a gap for me. Was I watching nature? Why can't we have more of the shaggy things? What was the meaning or do I have to create one by engaging with the dance in some way?
  2. This was interesting but not as accessible to me as Broken Wings. More visceral overall and colder. Definitely choreography I want to understand and appreciate more.
  3. I'm new to ballet in middle life. I don't know much about it and only have a few weeks of trying it out (Baroque dance is more my thing, but only have a few years experience). Anyway, someone pointed me to ENB's watch party of Broken Wings this week. I'd thought I'd give it a go but wasn't sure what to expect. But wow, I mean WOW!. Moving, comic, sad and sometimes disturbing - completely blown away by it and want to watch it again. But can't! Just very cool and gets me to want to explore more.
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    Upper School and 16+

    Hello, Looking for know how and advice! My son will start y11 in Sept 2019, looking to apply for upper schools for sept 2020. It’s make or break year, and the threat of loss of identity if he doesn’t make it is looming large. His dream is ELmhurst, we will also apply to ENB and Central. He does not want to do a course that is more modern or contemporary. Does anyone have any advice, about the audition process, or what other options there are? We live in London which helps. Are there other options?
  5. I took 2 children aged 7 and 5 to a performance of ENB's My First Ballet: the Sleeping Beauty at Richmond Theatre. They loved it - so job well done. I didn't love it quite so much although I love the concept of these ballets. The ballet was narrated throughout, which was excellent and it also mirrored the mime happening on stage, which I really appreciated. Not sure any of the children did, but never mind. I learned quite a lot about mime. The story of the Sleeping Beauty was changed quite significantly. No spinning wheel (old fashioned I assume), so Aurora is prick
  6. The announcement has dropped and he is (a) Ballet Master of the ENB: https://www.ballet.org.uk/people/renato-paroni-de-castro/
  7. Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! From Facebook: Nancy Osbaldston, for those unfamiliar with her, won ENB's Emerging Dancer award in 2013 and is properly amazing. Of course, I wish her all the best at her new company. May her career go from strength to strength.
  8. And the press release: English National Ballet Nutcracker / Swan Lake / Manon London Coliseum 13 December 2018 – 20 January 2019 www.ballet.org.uk This Winter, English National Ballet presents three critically acclaimed productions, Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Manon, at the London Coliseum. The company today announces Principal Casting for performances of Nutcracker and Manon, and, an additional performance of Manon. Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “I’m thrilled that we’re able to give our London audiences as many
  9. ENB kicked off their national tour of Swan Lake last night in Liverpool. It was pretty much full house (= cacophony of rustling papers etc!) but despite distractions it was a nice performance. Jurgita Dronina/Isaac Hernandez/James Streeter took the leads. I enjoyed the performance but overall it didn't get me emotionally this time. The swans were really good very well drilled and the corps de ballet in Act 1 and 3 were also very good. I think Rothbart and the swans were the best bit last night, and I must mention the 2 dancers who replaced Ken Sarasuhi they were both great and I really e
  10. Date is June 11 and the London Coliseum is the venue. Booking here.
  11. Principal casting for The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum in June is now on the ENB Website https://www.ballet.org.uk/production/sleeping-beauty/#cast-section Wednesday 6 June, 7.30pm Alina Cojocaru* and Joseph Caley* Thursday 7 June, 2pm Erina Takahashi and Aitor Arrieta* Thursday 7 June, 7.30pm Maria Alexandrova*† and Aaron Robison* Friday 8 June, 7.30pm Alina Cojocaru and Joseph Caley Saturday 9 June, 2.30pm Jurgita Dronina* and Isaac Hernández* Saturday 9 June, 7.30pm Erina Takahashi and Aitor Arrieta Tuesday 12 June, 7.30pm Maria Alexandrova† and Aaro
  12. Use the promo code OLTENB onlineor call 020 7845 9300 and quote "Official London Theatre"£60.50 tickets now £46.50* £46.50 tickets now £31.50* Balcony tickets (normally £20.50 or £15.50) now £11.50*Valid for Tuesday – Thursday performances*Prices include booking fees
  13. Casting just announced: https://www.ballet.org.uk/production/voices-of-america/#cast-section
  14. Does anyone have any thoughts on either of the double bills? Did anyone see it in Manchester or Milton Keynes? Is anyone planning to see it in London? I'm contemplating going, but not sure which one. I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts!
  15. This site has 35% off tickets for the ENB performances at the Coliseum in January 2018 (except the top and bottom two price brackets).
  16. It looks as though ENB has been invited to contribute to the Robbins celebration in the first half of the Paris Summer dance festival (Les Etes de la Danse) There are 2 Robbins programmes in the last week of June, 2018 (25-27; 28-30) at which ENB are expected to perform, in addition to New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Joffrey, plus Pacific Northwest Ballet, which will be presenting contemporary ballets in the second week (July 3-7). Given ENB are doing The Cage in their Sadler's Wells season it is that ballet that they would be likely to do. The details of the seas
  17. Hi, Looking for tickets for ENB's Nutcracker. Two for either 4th, 5th or 6th January, one adult and one child, matinee or evening, and a single for evening of 6th. Anyone got anything available? Thanks.
  18. Does anyone have a spare ticket? Can't pay too much and needs to be upstairs. Please PM me if you do. Thanks.
  19. The Khan Giselle casting for all venues is now on the ENB website: https://www.ballet.org.uk/production/akram-khan-giselle/#cast-section Just discovered the link doesn't take you straight to the casting page. You have to click on 'see casting for all dates' I've now pasted the casting below: Liverpool Empire, Wed 25 October 2017, 7.30pm Tamara Rojo Giselle James Streeter Albrecht Liverpool Empire, Sat 28 October 2017, 7.30pm Tamara Rojo Giselle James Streeter Albrecht Liverpool Empire, Sat 28 Oct
  20. Selling these two tickets as I am not in the UK during the Akram Khan Giselle season :sob sob: - They are listed as Restricted View: Overhang. I don't find they restrict the view unless you want to see the uppermost part of the set. Saw this production from the same seats when it premiered and had no issue whatsoever. Thursday 21 September 2PM First Circle L2 £25 Friday 22 September 7:30PM First Circle L1 £25 If interested, please PM/email. Linda.
  21. This is the eighth iteration of English National Ballet's annual Emerging Dancer Competition. There were six contestants. Esmerelda pdd: Rina Kanehara, Aitor Arrieta ©Dave Morgan; by courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr La Sylphide pdd: Madison Keesler, Guilherme Menezes ©Dave Morgan; by courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Paquita grand pas: Isabelle Brouwers, Emilio Pavan ©Dave Morgan; by courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr More… Dave Morgan - 20 photos Courtesy of DanceTabs / Flickr Discussion of this event is here
  22. UKMASTERCLASS JUNIORS: A DAY OF INSPIRATION We are pleased to announce a special UKMASTERCLASS event for younger dancers age 12 - 14. This day of inspiration will explore the classical technique, the characters from the musical CATS, and a creative experience to discover new moves and possibilities. The classes will be taught by three fabulous dancers and experienced teachers: ALICE CRAWFORD (former Senior Soloist dancer - English National Ballet), JASMIN COLANGELO (West End performer) and JAMIE EMMA McDONALD (Contemporary Dancer / Choreographer). Sunday 5th March Time: 11:00am - 3:30p
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