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  1. English National Ballet Autumn 2020 Announcement English National Ballet to launch dedicated ENB at Home video-on-demand platform Emerging Dancer will be streamed live from ENB’s own production studio at London City Island A digital season of works for camera in development for Autumn 2020 Nine new commissions UK premieres of Tamara Rojo’s Raymonda and Creature by Akram Khan postponed Announcement of promotions within the Company and thanks given to those leaving Photo caption: The Emerging Danc
  2. I really enjoyed this last night. From the one previous time I've seen it (on DVD) I'm not a huge fan of Nureyev's choreography. But thought the performances here were great. I was completely gripped by act 3 in particular - Cojocaru was incredible. But also something about the whole atmosphere made it feel even more intense than usual. This was another filmed version very clearly not meant for public viewing, with bits of the action apparently only available from what seemed to be some kind of security camera. Another angle showed the full orchestra playing while the dancing and the action un
  3. I saw on YouTube that the full performance [Broken Wings] starring Tamara Rojo will be streamed on 22nd April at 7pm. Excited to see this ballet again!
  4. This opened yesterday evening, I was at the matinee today. I've seen it at every revival and I still find it a mesmerising, raw and powerful piece, perhaps even more than I did when I first saw it. Personally, I find it better not to spend too much time trying to work out the detail of what is happening; it wasn't entirely clear at the premiere and it still isn't. But for me the broad brush of the story line is there and is more than enough to be satisfying. The hypnotic beat of the music (brilliantly played by the ENB orchestra) drives the ballet forward
  5. 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.
  6. ENB has just announced the finalists for this. As I have mentioned almost all these dancers in my posts over the last year, I am really looking forward to seeing their talents highlighted! "Announcement 🎉 Meet our Emerging Dancer 2020 finalists: Ivana Bueno, Carolyne Galvao, Miguel Angel Maidana, Victor Prigent, Emily Suzuki and William Yamada! Their colleagues voted for them to perform at the #ENBEmerging final on 29 May in London. Congratulations from everyone at English National Ballet!They will perform a classical pas de deux and a contemporary solo in front of a panel of judg
  7. The Gala was meticulously planned and brilliantly executed. Stunning, sumptuous, ravishing, scintillating and exhilarating from start to finish. A veritable celebration of dance. It deserved a standing ovation and I among others gave it one. I hope that it was recorded for wider viewing.
  8. English National Ballet celebrates 70th Anniversary London Coliseum Friday 17 & Saturday 18 January 2020 www.ballet.org.uk English National Ballet today announces casting for its three specially curated gala performances at the London Coliseum (17 & 18 January) in celebration of the Company’s 70th Anniversary. Showcasing the world-class talent of the entire Company, alongside the future stars of the ballet world from English National Ballet School, these performances include some of the most important and ground-breaking works that make up English National Bal
  9. I am wondering which Summer Schools people recommend for a 15 year old (as a precursor to Upper school application year)? Has anyone been/ applied for the Vaganova Academy by video please?
  10. English National Ballet Nutcracker National Tour 27 November – 5 January 2020 Liverpool Empire and London Coliseum www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker As part of its 70th Anniversary Season English National Ballet is continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950. English National Ballet's Nutcracker returns this festive season with performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre (27-30 November) and the London Coliseum (11 December-5 January) Principal casting for the performances is announced today and sees three debuts in
  11. I should be surprised if I was the only one to have caught the English National Ballet while it was in Liverpool at the end of November but, as I can't find any other reviews or mentions on this website, I thought I would just say a few words before The Nutcracker opens in London later this week. I attended the evening performance at the Empire on 30 Nov 2019. This was Wayne Eagling's version of "The Nutcracker" that I had seen before in :London. I enjoyed it a lot though not perhaps as much as Peter Wright's for the Birmingham Royal Ballet or Peter Darrell's for Scottish Ballet but I pref
  12. For my first “Nutcracker” of the season, and ENB’s second performance in their 32-show run at the Coliseum, there were some disappointments but there was also much to love, not least Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score given its usual Christmas magic by the ENB Philharmonic under the wonderfully sympathetic baton of Gerry Cornelius. Now being rolled out for the tenth year, the sets look in need of refreshing (as do some of the Act I costumes), as they appeared washed out at times with the lighting also appearing somewhat dingy, especially in Act II. Most disappointing was a general lack of style i
  13. I went to ENB performing Chrisopher Wheeldon's Cinderella in Manchester today (Saturday Matinee). Erina Takahashi and Joseph Caley were the leads. I have never been to a Wheeldon ballet before, and not watched the Royal Ballet televised productions of recent years. I must admit to a certain about of ignorant snobbery and prejudice towards this choreographer. Being a lover of the great classical ballet canon, I had a bias that it might be, (especially judging from the Cinderella promotional images) rather too 'Matthew Bourne-ish' (again, I admit to being quite ignorant of Bourne t
  14. In the order of Cinderella, Prince Guillaume, Benjamin Manchester Thursday 17 October Erina Takahashi, Joseph Caley, Jeffrey Cirio Friday 18 October (mat) Emma Hawes, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Ken Saruhashi Friday 18 October Shiori Kase*, Jeffrey Cirio, Barry Drummond Saturday 19 October (mat) Erina Takahashi, Joseph Caley, Brooklyn Mack*+ Saturday 19 October Emma Hawes, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Ken Saruhashi Southampton Wednesday 23 October Emma Hawes, Francesco Gabriele Frola, Ken Saruhashi Thurs
  15. English National Ballet Akram Khan’s Giselle Sadler’s Wells, London Wednesday 18 – Saturday 28th September 2019 www.ballet.org.uk/akram-khan-giselle/ Akram Khan’s Giselle returns to the UK for the first time since 2017, following acclaimed international performances in Moscow, Luxembourg and Chicago so far this year. Since its world premiere in 2016, Khan’s reimagined Giselle has been seen live by over 86,000 people through tours to eleven cities, in the UK and internationally. Giselle has also been broadcast in cinemas and on television, reaching an
  16. I missed out on catching up with the Links page yesterday, but thought this one deserved highlighting: https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/obituaries/2019/obituary-james-supervia-charismatic-dancer-choreographer-and-actor/ I remember him particularly as Friar Lawrence in ENB's Romeo & Juliet, but was surprised to see the varied career he'd had prior to joining the then London Festival Ballet.
  17. Just announced for next June: https://www.ballet.org.uk/production/swan-lake-round/
  18. Hello all — on offer is a good seat for the matinee on Friday of Cinderella in the Round at the Royal Albert Hall Stalls L Row 3 Seat 77 Price: £70 (£71.08 face value) The lovely Emma Hawes is Cinderella. See rest of cast here It is an e-ticket
  19. English National Ballet 2019-2020 Season ballet.org.uk English National Ballet says ‘Thank You’ as it celebrates its 70th Anniversary Akram Khan to create second full-length production for English National Ballet Le Corsaire returns with performances at Milton Keynes Theatre and the London Coliseum Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella to be performed in Manchester and Southampton The Company’s first full Season after moving to their new home at London City Island Mayor of London awards £1million grant through his Good Growth Fund to support Engl
  20. This opened last night with a stunning first performance. I loved it. More thoughts from me when I've seen other casts.
  21. "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 unfo
  22. Thought we might as well use the Poll feature for a change! I'm thinking probably the Rojo/Streeter/Corrales/Quagebeur cast, but open to alternatives. All views welcome, no included, so as to get an accurate idea of potential interest. You can add any comments below.
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