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  1. 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 English National Ballet’s ‘Bridging Neighbourhoods – Growing Talent’ project English National Ballet appoints first Medical Director to maximise the benefits of the new building’s state-of-the-art fitness and rehabilitation facilities English National Ballet today announces plans for its 2019-2020 Season and updates on their new home at London City Island: 2020 marks English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary with celebrations taking place throughout the 2019-2020 Season that give opportunities for the Company to say, ‘Thank You’ to its audiences, fans, friends and partners. The 70th Anniversary will be celebrated with three special Gala performances at the London Coliseumfeaturing extracts from a diverse range of repertoire spanning English National Ballet’s history. Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet’s Artistic Director said: “Our 70th Anniversary Gala performances are a rare opportunity to showcase in one place a huge variety of brilliant work from our extraordinarily rich history. This will be a Gala that celebrates the sheer love of dance, both on and off the stage, that has been part of our vision from the beginning. Throughout the three performances we will be bringing together as many people as possible from the English National Ballet family, on stage and in the audience, to celebrate and give thanks for the generosity of all who make this the very special Company it is. Alongside the Gala, we want to make sure we thank our audiences and partners throughout the season and will do so in a variety of creative ways.” Celebrating and thanking its touring communities, English National Ballet will give away 70 tickets during each run in every city it tours to. Working with its partner venues, these tickets will be distributed to individuals who are making a positive impact in their community. To thank its audiences and fans, English National Ballet will also give a ‘Golden Ticket’ for a special English National Ballet experience to one audience member per performance throughout the season. Opportunities will include behind-the-scenes tours, complimentary tickets, and meet and greets. Further details and additional events to be announced throughout the season. English National Ballet will mark its 70th Anniversary having moved into a new home at London City Island, Canning Town. This state-of-the-art building, designed especially for English National Ballet and English National Ballet School and featuring a theatre size production studio fitted with fly tower, allows for the 2019-2020 Season to be shaped with a renewed commitment to, and freedom for, creativity and ambition. Renowned choreographer Akram Khan returns to create a second full-length production for English National Ballet following the success of Giselle. Taking inspiration from Mary Shelley’s literary classic, Frankenstein, Khan’s new ballet, titled Creature, is influenced by essential questions on ambition, human endeavour and morality. Creature is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, London, where it will premiere in April 2020. Akram Khan said: “Since I was a child, I have been obsessed and fascinated with the story of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. The outcast, the monster, or the stranger has always been a common theme in my works. But in this new creation, I am looking further into the areas related to the sense of abandonment, rage and loss. Having made Giselle on English National Ballet in 2016, I am extremely excited to create a new full-length work with them.” Tamara Rojo said: “Akram is an extraordinary artist, with an exceptional vision and inquisitive, inspiring mind. His masterful choreography is like no other and he has the skill to use his unique language to craft a narrative that asks some of the most challenging questions faced by the human race right now. I am looking forward to working with Akram and his team again and excited to see where this exploration takes him and the company in what will be our third project together.” The 2019-2020 Season will also see the return of Khan’s first full-length collaboration with English National Ballet, Giselle, with performances at Sadler’s Wells in September, with English National Ballet Philharmonic. Co-produced with Manchester International Festival and Sadler’s Wells, the critically acclaimed reimagining of the iconic ballet received its world premiere in 2016 and has since been seen live by over 80,000 people through tours to nine cities, both in the UK and internationally. Giselle has also been broadcast in cinemas and was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray. For the first time, there will be an audio described performance of Giselle at Sadler’s Wells this autumn, making the ballet accessible to visually impaired people. Based on the original audio description created by Audio Described Aotearoa as part of the Auckland Arts Festival, a description of the action as it appears on stage will be given as well as an on-stage ‘touch tour’ ahead of the performance, in which participants are given the opportunity to familiarise themselves with costumes and props through touch. Continuing its commitment to UK touring and presenting world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, Autumn 2019 sees English National Ballet present three acclaimed ballets, Cinderella, Le Corsaire, and Nutcracker, on tour. Following Christopher Wheeldon’s restaging of Cinderella for in-the-round performances at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2019, English National Ballet will bring the proscenium arch version of this sparkling ballet to audiences outside of London in Manchester and Southampton. This inventive production combines magnificent sets and costumes, beautiful choreography, and Prokofiev’s sublime score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Having delighted audiences around the world with tours including Japan, Paris, and Spain, Autumn 2019 sees Le Corsaire return to Milton Keynes six years after its 2013 premiere in that same city, before performances at the London Coliseum in January 2020. The only UK company to perform the complete work, English National Ballet’s production was staged by Anna-Marie Holmes and features sets by Hollywood designer, Bob Ringwood, and a sweeping score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Tamara Rojo said: “Le Corsaire is a spectacular ballet that gives us another opportunity to showcase the extraordinary talent that is present throughout the entire Company right now. There is a physical power and brilliant dramatic presence in this generation of dancers, and I am looking forward to seeing them take on these roles which I think they will relish and have such fun with, and I think audiences will too.” Continuing its Christmas tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950, English National Ballet’s Nutcracker will tour to Liverpool ahead of performances at the London Coliseum. Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Since its premiere in 2010, this festive family favourite has been seen by over 660,000 people, and continues to attract new audiences, with 70% of 2018’s audience members first time attenders at the London Coliseum. English National Ballet remains committed to developing and nurturing talent within the company. Emerging Dancer, which returns in Spring 2020, recognises the excellence of the Company’s artists through an annual celebration that sees six finalists mentored by their peers to perform in front of a panel of eminent judges. The winner of Emerging Dancer is announced alongside the People’s Choice award and the Corps de Ballet award, introduced to recognise the hard work and dedication of an exceptional member of the corps. Developing the ballet audience of tomorrow, English National Ballet and English National Ballet School’s My First Ballet series takes a popular ballet title and adapts it in time and length, making it accessible to children as young as three. Since 2012, over 290,000 people have seen a ballet from the series. 2020 sees a new version of My First Ballet: Cinderella performed on tour in the UK. International ballet star, Brooklyn Mack, will perform with English National Ballet as a Guest Artist during the Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 Season. Mack last performed with English National Ballet in 2016, in Le Corsaire. Taking the very best in British ballet to audiences across the world, English National Ballet tours Akram Khan’s Giselle internationally next season. Following tours to Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg in June 2019 and at the Chekov International Festival on the Bolshoi Theatre stage in July 2019, English National Ballet will take this stellar production to the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona in April 2020, and to the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris in July 2020 as part of the festival Les Étés de la Danse. Plans for English National Ballet’s Summer 2020 performances will be announced later this Spring. The Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund supports English National Ballet’s Bridging Neighbourhoods – Growing Talent project The Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund has committed to a £1million grant to support English National Ballet’s move and their East London focused project, Bridging Neighbourhoods – Growing Talent. Through this project English National Ballet will share its new world-class cultural infrastructure on the Lea River Estuary as a multi-disciplinary creative hub for active participation and skills development, and as a catalyst for bringing communities together through the sharing of culture. The project will generate 8 new FTE jobs, 20 new Associate Artists and deliver a new skills development programme that provides training, apprenticeships, volunteering, residences and learning opportunities for 4,000 people over the next three years with a focus on recruitment from the local area and across East London. Patrick Harrison, English National Ballet’s Executive Director, said: “This grant is greatly valued in supporting our ambitious aims as we make our move to East London. As the cultural anchor on London City Island, we will use public spaces, exhibition and shared workspace, a costume-making workshop and production studio to bridge relationships with creative partners and local communities, and make space available for learning, apprenticeships and employment.” Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said: “We are pleased to support English National Ballet in its new home at London City Island, and that the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund has helped unlock significant wider benefits from this project. I’m confident our support will translate into a programme of local learning and employment opportunities in the future for Londoners in this area and across the capital.” English National Ballet’s Capital Fundraising Campaign English National Ballet also announces today generous support from the Dorfman Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust, alongside donations from individual supporters. Thanks to this and to early supporters of the project including Arts Council England, Linbury Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wigoder Family Foundation, Foyle Foundation, Clore Duffield Foundation and Wolfson Foundation, £34million of the £36million needed to build English National Ballet and English National Ballet School’s new home at London City Island has already been raised. To raise the final £2million, English National Ballet’s fundraising campaign continues, with a new capital campaign microsite launched today. Every donation facilitated by the microsite contributes towards equipping the new home with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, from sewing machines for the costume workshop, to mirrors for the studios, to treatment beds for the health suite. English National Ballet appoints first Medical Director Continuing its commitment to its dancers’ health and well-being, English National Ballet has appointed Andy Reynolds as Medical Director, a new role within the organisation which leads on the provision of science and medicine to all dancers at English National Ballet. Reynolds joins the company from Harlequins Rugby Football Club where he was Head of Medical Services and brings with him extensive experience as a medical lead having managed all aspects of medical care for the First XV Premiership team and other squads within the club. His role saw him act as lead diagnostic clinician and manager of a large multidisciplinary team delivering medical and rehabilitation provision. The Medical Director will work to maximise the benefits of the new premises state-of-the-art fitness and rehabilitation facilities which include a gym, Pilates studio, hydrotherapy pool and treatment rooms, implementing processes and strategies to allow English National Ballet’s dancers to prepare, perform, and recover to the best of their abilities. Tamara Rojo said: “The appointment of a Medical Director is integral to our ambition to establish English National Ballet as a renowned centre for medical, fitness, and injury rehabilitation provision in the dance world. I look forward to welcoming Andy to the team as we strive to further invest in the health and well-being of our dancers in a way that supports their artistic development, so they can reach their full potential as artists.” English National Ballet moves to London City Island in Spring 2019 with English National Ballet School joining ahead of their new academic year starting in September 2019. -ENDS- Notes to Editors English National Ballet’s Capital Campaign microsite can be found here: donate.ballet.org.uk On-Sale Information: Cinderella, Le Corsaire and Nutcracker open for priority booking to Friends from 10am on Friday 15 March2019 with general booking open from 10am on Friday 22 March 2019. Please note that booking for Cinderella at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre opened in January 2019. Priority booking for Akram Khan’s Giselle will open 10am on Monday 8 April for Patrons, Wednesday 10 April for Great Friends, Friday 12 April for Friends, with general booking from Monday 15 April 2019. Creature by Akram Khan, My First Ballet: Cinderella and Emerging Dancer 2020 will open for booking in Autumn 2019. Details on booking for English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala to follow. Become a Friend today to enjoy priority booking, access to exclusive events throughout the season, and great discounts. Sign up to our e-newsletter to find out when booking is announced. English National Ballet’s 2019-2020 Season Listings: Akram Khan’s Giselle Sadler’s Wells, London Wednesday 18 - Saturday 28 September 2019 Box Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.ballet.org.uk/giselle Cinderella Palace Theatre, Manchester Thursday 17 - Saturday 19 October 2019 Box Office: 0844 871 3019 or www.ballet.org.uk/cinderella Cinderella Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Wednesday 23 - Saturday 26 October 2019 Box Office: 02380 711811 or www.ballet.org.uk/cinderella Le Corsaire Milton Keynes Theatre Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 November 2019 Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire Nutcracker Liverpool Empire Wednesday 27 - Saturday 30 November 2019 Box Office: 0844 871 3017 or www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker Nutcracker London Coliseum Wednesday 11 December 2019 - Sunday 5 January 2020 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or ballet.org.uk/nutcracker Le Corsaire London Coliseum Wednesday 8 - Tuesday 14 January 2020 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala London Coliseum Friday 17 - Saturday 18 January 2020 Further details to be announced Creature by Akram Khan Sadler’s Wells, London Wednesday 01 - Wednesday 08 April 2020 On sale details to be announced / www.ballet.org.uk/creature Emerging Dancer Spring 2020 Further details to be announced My First Ballet: Cinderella Spring 2020 Further details to be announced Akram Khan’s Giselle Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona Wednesday 22 - Saturday 25 April 2020 www.liceubarcelona.cat Akram Khan’s Giselle Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris July 2020 Further details to be announced 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 English National Ballet School English National Ballet School is a world-renowned specialist training centre for aspiring and highly talented young ballet dancers aged 16 to 19. Founded in 1988 by English National Ballet, today the school exists as a separate entity but maintains strong links with its parent company, sharing its commitment to excellence and access. Its mission is to nurture and develop the next generation of world-class dance artists; artists who are confident and versatile, able to push boundaries and bring their creativity to the fore. Students participate in a three-year programme, validated by Trinity College London, with graduates joining prestigious dance companies worldwide. Currently a third of the dancers at English National Ballet are graduates of the School. The School also offer weekly children’s ballet classes, ENBS Juniors, for 3–10-year olds. About NatWest, Principal Partner of English National Ballet NatWest serves customers in England and Wales, supporting them with their personal, private, and business banking needs. NatWest helps customers at all stages in their lives, from opening student accounts, to buying their first home, setting up a business, and saving for retirement. Alongside a wide range of banking services, NatWest offers businesses specialist sector knowledge in areas such as manufacturing and technology, as well as access to specialist entrepreneurial support. About the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund The Good Growth Fund is the Mayor of London’s biggest regeneration fund and is delivered through the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP). It was launched in June 2017 and provides capital funding from sources including the Local Growth Fund and European Social Fund, as well as expert regeneration advice, design support and knowledge sharing opportunities. For more information, see: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/regeneration/funding-opportunities/good-growth-fund-supporting-regeneration-london About the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) The London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) is the local enterprise partnership for London. The LEAP brings entrepreneurs and business together with the Mayoralty and London Councils to identify strategic actions to support and lead economic growth and job creation in the capital. For more information, see: https://lep.london/
  2. This opened last night with a stunning first performance. I loved it. More thoughts from me when I've seen other casts.
  3. "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...
  4. 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.
  5. English National Ballet's Stina Quagebeur and Crystal Costa are currently on Radio 3's In Tune talking about Stina's new ballet, Nora, in which Crystal stars, which premieres on Thursday at Sadler's Wells. Approximately 15 minutes in, I should think.
  6. Since many of you in this forum are in England, I was wondering if any have seen this ballet; would love to hear your thoughts about it. I adore almost anything about Frida Kahlo so I wish Broken Wings would make it here to The States. Since at the moment I am out of luck in that regard, if anyone out there is attending the April performances and is interested in being the eyes and ears of The Traveling Ballerina, I would love to chat about you writing a review for the website - it would be wonderful to expose more of the going-ons in London to those on the other side of the Atlantic
  7. This opened last night at the London Coliseum. All comments and discussion here, please. Starter for ten: I was there last night and was singularly unimpressed. I never went back after the first time it was shown here because I didn't like it, and now I remember why. I will write a proper review tomorrow so will hold back further comment until then.
  8. ENB's national tour of Manon started in Manchester (Opera House) this evening. I attended opening night where Alina Cojocaru (lead principal at ENB since 2013) and Joseph Caley (lead principal since 2017) danced the leads. Both noted as debuts in the roles with ENB on the cast sheet. I cannot find the words to say how good it was. To roll out the cliches - it was simply out of this world, and it was a privilege to be there. The rapturous response of the audience indicated that most people there agreed with me. I speak as someone who hasn't always loved neo-classical ballets or MacMillan (my first experience being Romeo and Juliet with Birmingham Royal Ballet a couple of years ago). It was my first Manon (I've only clips of that final scene on YouTube). I am asking myself since leaving the theatre - why was it so good? Was it Cojocaru and Caley? was it MacMillan? was it Massenet? It was one of those nights where one is transported, convinced to the level beyond admiration. Every scene with Cojocaru or Caley in it had that extra authentic intensity that made me fascinated, entranced. I got the tingles alright - and the tears! Naive fool that I am, I couldn't imagine Cojocaru as Manon, having lapped up her crystalline classical Petipa performances with ENB. But how seductive, how womanly, how human she was as Manon on her journey through this tragedy. How could I doubt this complete artist? Similarly Caley's embodiment of Des Grieux matched Cojocaru's genuine portrayal, and I found myself so touched by his performance. What a partnership. The last (and only) time I saw them dance before was in that half-empty Coliseum on June matinee this year where they filled the theatre with their brilliance in Sleeping Beauty, that several forum members praised. I was completely unprepared to be so blown away by them again in this 20th century ballet. It's very late now, so regrettably I must omit to mention the many other aspects of this which made tonight complete theatrical magic, and a memory to treasure. Thrilled to have discovered this masterpiece, and so grateful to ENB for bringing it to a theatre near my home. It was staged at Manchester's smaller venue the Opera House (compared to the Palace theatre) but I was in the Circle which was quite full, the balcony was not full but the cheers when the curtain came down made it sound like a full house. Look forward to hearing others' thoughts on this run.
  9. Principal Casting (In the order of Odette/Odile, Prince Siegfried) Thursday 3January Jurgita Dronina, Isaac Hernández Friday 4 January Alina Cojocaru, Jeffrey Cirio Saturday 5 January (mat) Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola Saturday 5 January (eve) Rina Kanehara, Joseph Caley Sunday 6 January Jurgita Dronina, Isaac Hernández Tuesday 8 January Alina Cojocaru, Jeffrey Cirio Wednesday 9 January Emma Hawes, Aitor Arrieta Thursday 10 January (mat) Shiori Kase, Ken Saruhashi Thursday 10 January (eve) Rina Kanehara, Joseph Caley Friday 11 January Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola Saturday 12 January (mat) Jurgita Dronina, Isaac Hernández Saturday 12 January (eve) Alina Cojocaru, Jeffrey Cirio Sunday 13 January Begoña Cao, Aitor Arrieta
  10. Hello, Due to a friend no longer being able to attend I have an extra ticket for English National Ballet's Manon (Cast: Dronina/Hernandez) on Saturday 19th January 2019. The ticket is row A-12 Centre Stalls (View may be obstructed by conductor) I paid £57 for the ticket in a multi-buy offer but would be happy to sell it for £35. It is an E-ticket. Please post here and send me a PM if interested. Many thanks!
  11. Have just seen on the BBC news that Akram Khan is creating his first full classical ballet with a new version of Giselle. It is being made for ENB in co-production with Sadler's Wells and the Manchester International Festival and will open in Manchester next year. I can't find anything else about it as yet. Does anyone know more?
  12. Well, tonight was the start of a repeat London run of this programme, at Sadler's Wells. Previous threads on the subject are: Photos from the original 2014 London run: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/6470-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-london-april-2014/?tab=comments#comment-86727 Discussion of the run itself: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/6462-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-april-2014/?tab=comments#comment-86645 The 2015 run: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/10515-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-2015/?tab=comments#comment-141214 And photos therefor: http://www.balletcoforum.com/topic/10520-english-national-ballet-lest-we-forget-september-2015/?tab=comments#comment-141338
  13. English National Ballet Manon National Tour 17 October 2018 - 20 January 2019 www.ballet.org.uk/manon Continuing its commitment to UK touring and presenting world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, Autumn 2018 sees English National Ballet present Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon outside of London for only the second time in 30 years. English National Ballet will present Manon in Manchester (17-20 October), Milton Keynes (24-27 October) and Southampton (31 October–03 November) followed by performances at the London Coliseum (16-20 January 2019). English National Ballet, Manon. Dancers: Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design Charlotte Wilkinson Studio. Famous for its expressive choreography and dramatic challenge, Manon features some of the most demanding and fulfilling roles in ballet. Manon is accompanied by Jules Massenet’s haunting music performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. The young and naïve Manon is torn between two lives: privilege and opulence with the wealthy Monsieur GM, or innocent love with the penniless student Des Grieux. Aristocrats and beggars, courtesans and harlots fill the stage as audiences are taken from a gambling den in 18th-century Paris to a desolate Louisiana swamp in this, one of British ballet’s most dramatic stories. Alongside Manon, English National Ballet also presents Swan Lake as part of its Autumn Tour. Further details can be found at www.ballet.org.uk Notes to Editors Listings information for Manon Manon Manchester Opera House Wednesday 17 October – Saturday 20 October 2018 Box Office: 0844 871 3018 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon Manon Milton Keynes Theatre Wednesday 24 October – Saturday 27 October 2018 Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon Manon Mayflower Theatre, Southampton Wednesday 31 October – Saturday 03 November 2018 Box Office: 02380 711811 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon Manon London Coliseum Wednesday 16 January – Sunday 20 January 2019 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk/manon
  14. English National Ballet Lest We Forget Sadler’s Wells Thursday 20 - Saturday 29 September 2018 Tickets: £12 - £60 www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget “true to its title - it stays with you long after curtain-down.” The Daily Telegraph Lest We Forget returns to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War Special performance held in partnership with The Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement Principal casting includes performances from Lead Principals Alina Cojocaru, Jurgita Dronina, Tamara Rojo, Erina Takahashi, Joseph Caley, Jeffrey Cirio, Isaac Hernandez and Principals Begoña Cao, Francesco Gabriele Frola, and Shiori Kase. After moving audiences and critics alike since its premiere in 2014, English National Ballet’s poignant reflection on the First World War, Lest We Forget, returns to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. Winner of the 2015 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance, Lest We Forget features three works expressing the experiences of those who fought in the war and those who stayed behind, from three of the most sought-after British choreographers working today; Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett. Principal casting for Lest We Forget sees Lead Principal Tamara Rojo reprise the role of Lead Woman in Dust alongside First Soloists James Streeter and Fabian Reimair whilst First Soloist Crystal Costa, Soloist Aitor Arrieta and Artist of the Company Henry Dowden make their debuts in these roles, as does new Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio who dances alongside Lead Principal Erina Takahashi and Reimair. Lead Principal Alina Cojocaru and First Soloist Junor Souza will dance Lead Couple in Second Breath. Lead Principal Joseph Caley and Principal Begoña Cao debut in these roles, and First Artist Anjuli Hudson performs with Artist of the Company Joshua McSherry-Gray. Lead Principals Isaac Hernández, who performs alongside Cojocaru, Jurgita Dronina and Caley debut in the Lead Couple roles in No Man’s Land. Cao and Souza reprise their roles in this work. In addition to its 13 public performances, English National Ballet, with the support of Sadler’s Wells, will gift a special performance of Lest We Forget to The Royal British Legion on Monday 24 September in support of its Thank You movement, remembering all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War. This performance will be attended by members of serving and veteran communities. Winner of Best Modern Choreography at the 2014 Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, Akram Khan’s Dust is “full of pain and power” (The Independent). Featuring 24 dancers, Dust is accompanied by a pounding soundtrack by Jocelyn Pook. Upon invitation, English National Ballet became the first ballet company to perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, when it presented Dust to an audience of 30,000 in 2014. A “devastatingly effective” (Daily Telegraph) piece, 20 dancers tilt and sway in semi-darkness - conjured by Michael Hulls’ lighting design, rising and falling, in Second Breath, by Russell Maliphant. Featuring recorded voices of survivors, Andy Cowton’s score is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. In May 2014 Second Breath was performed at Imperial War Museum North and streamed live on BBC Arts as part of the Museums at Night festival. Featuring 14 dancers, seven male and seven female, Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land evokes the entwined destinies of the women working in munition factories at home and the men fighting in the trenches, culminating in an emotional pas de deux set to a score by Franz Liszt performed live on piano. In addition, Vera, choreographed by Company member Stina Quagebeur, will be performed on Monday 24 September as part of The Royal British Legion Thank You performance and on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 September’s matinees. Vera premiered in 2014 as part of English National Ballet’s programme for emerging choreographic talent, Choreographics, and is inspired by Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir, Testament of Youth. It was selected by The Breaking Glass Project to be performed in New York in the same year. English National Ballet is an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells. Lest We Forget Principal Casting: No Man’s Land Thursday 20 September 1st Couple: Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández* 2nd Couple: Erina Takahashi and Fabian Reimair 3rd Couple: Crystal Costa and Aitor Arrieta* Friday 21 September (mat) 1st Couple: Begoña Cao and Junor Souza 2nd Couple: Angela Wood and Skyler Martin* 3rd Couple: Katja Khaniukova* and Fernando Carratalá Coloma* Friday 21 September 1st Couple: Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández 2nd Couple: Erina Takahashi and Fabian Reimair 3rd Couple: Crystal Costa and Aitor Arrieta Saturday 22 September (mat) 1st Couple: Jurgita Dronina* and Joseph Caley* 2nd Couple: Alison McWhinney and James Streeter* 3rd Couple: Shiori Kase and Francesco Gabriele Frola* Saturday 22 September 1st Couple: Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández 2nd Couple: Erina Takahashi and Fabian Reimair 3rd Couple: Crystal Costa and Aitor Arrieta Monday 24 September (The Royal British Legion Thank You performance) 1st Couple: Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández 2nd Couple: Erina Takahashi and Fabian Reimair 3rd Couple: Crystal Costa and Aitor Arrieta Tuesday 25 September (mat) 1st Couple: Begoña Cao and Junor Souza 2nd Couple: Angela Wood and Skyler Martin 3rd Couple: Katja Khaniukova and Fernando Carratalá Coloma Tuesday 25 September 1st Couple: Jurgita Dronina and Joseph Caley 2nd Couple: Alison McWhinney and James Streeter 3rd Couple: Shiori Kase and Francesco Gabriele Frola Wednesday 26 September 1st Couple: Jurgita Dronina and Joseph Caley 2nd Couple: Alison McWhinney and James Streeter 3rd Couple: Shiori Kase and Francesco Gabriele Frola Thursday 27 September (mat) 1st Couple: Begoña Cao and Junor Souza 2nd Couple: Angela Wood and Skyler Martin 3rd Couple: Katja Khaniukova and Fernando Carratalá Coloma Thursday 27 September 1st Couple: Jurgita Dronina and Joseph Caley 2nd Couple: Alison McWhinney and James Streeter 3rd Couple: Shiori Kase and Francesco Gabriele Frola Friday 28 September 1st Couple: Begoña Cao and Junor Souza 2nd Couple: Angela Wood and Skyler Martin 3rd Couple: Katja Khaniukova and Fernando Carratalá Coloma Saturday 29 September (mat) 1st Couple: Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernández 2nd Couple: Alison McWhinney and James Streeter 3rd Couple: Shiori Kase and Francesco Gabriele Frola Saturday 29 September 1st Couple: Jurgita Dronina and Joseph Caley 2nd Couple: Erina Takahashi and Fabian Reimair 3rd Couple: Crystal Costa and Aitor Arrieta Second Breath Thursday 20 September Alina Cojocaru and Junor Souza Friday 21 September (mat) Anjuli Hudson and Joshua McSherry-Gray Friday 21 September Begoña Cao* and Joseph Caley* Saturday 22 September (mat) Anjuli Hudson and Joshua McSherry-Gray Saturday 22 September Alina Cojocaru and Junor Souza Monday 24 September (The Royal British Legion Thank You performance) Begoña Cao and Joseph Caley Tuesday 25 September (mat) Anjuli Hudson and Joshua McSherry-Gray Tuesday 25 September Alina Cojocaru and Junor Souza Wednesday 26 September Begoña Cao and Joseph Caley Thursday 27 September (mat) TBC Thursday 27 September Alina Cojocaru and Junor Souza Friday 28 September Begoña Cao and Joseph Caley Saturday 29 September (mat) Begoña Cao and Joseph Caley Saturday 29 September Alina Cojocaru and Junor Souza Dust Thursday 20 September Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair Friday 21 September (mat) Crystal Costa*, Aitor Arrieta*, Henry Dowden* Friday 21 September Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair Saturday 22 September (mat) Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio*, Fabian Reimair Saturday 22 September Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair Monday 24 September (The Royal British Legion Thank You performance) Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair Tuesday 25 September (mat) Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio, Henry Dowden Tuesday 25 September Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair Wednesday 26 September Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio, Fabian Reimair Thursday 27 September (mat) Crystal Costa, Aitor Arrieta, Henry Dowden Thursday 27 September Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair Friday 28 September Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio, Fabian Reimair Saturday 29 September (mat) Tamara Rojo, James Streeter, Fabian Reimair Saturday 29 September Erina Takahashi, Jeffrey Cirio, Fabian Reimair Vera Monday 24 September (The Royal British Legion Thank You performance) Crystal Costa and Guilherme Menezes** Tuesday 25 September (mat) Crystal Costa and Giorgio Garrett* Thursday 27 September (mat) Crystal Costa and Giorgio Garrett *Debut **Guest Artist Please note, casting is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for up to date casting For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk. Please note performance details are subject to change. Notes to Editors: Listings: Lest We Forget Sadler’s Wells, London Thursday 20 September – Saturday 29 September 2018 Box Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget
  15. Now that ENB have announced their leavers and joiners, is there anyone I should be holding for? I normally delay booking for ENB until casting is made public, but as it's Swan Lake I can't be so sure of getting the kind of seat I want if it's only announced a couple of weeks out. For Sleeping Beauty Alina Cojocaru was an obvious first choice, but is there a must-see Odette/Odile at ENB (Rojo herself aside if she's still dancing it)?
  16. We don't appear to have an overarching thread for next season's cinema ballet broadcasts, so here it is! Details of the Bolshoi season are here: Do we have the Royal Ballet details anywhere yet? I can't find them.
  17. I was unable to be at the London Coliseum tonight for the first night of ENB's Sleeping Beauty (Kenneth MacMillan production), but I know a lot of forum members were, so I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts! Our coverage of the previous run can be found here:
  18. This item was on BA: (Janet - did you get such a release? Grateful if you could confirm for us). According to an e-mail just sent out by English National Ballet, Jeffrey Cirio is joining as Lead Principal. No indication of whether he will continue an affiliation with ABT. "Joining the Company Following his recent guest performances with the Company in Song of the Earth, La Sylphide, and Akram Khan’s Giselle, Jeffrey Cirio, currently Principal at American Ballet Theater, joins English National Ballet as Lead Principal."
  19. This programme, featuring a world premiere by William Forsythe, starts at Sadler's Wells this evening. I'm not going to be able to get away from work, but would love to get feedback from anyone else who's going.
  20. Well whatever is, or isn't going on behind the scenes at the ENB, it didn't show in tonight's performance, which was glorious. What a fabulous place to watch a ballet, the Royal Festival Hall is, everyone can see, the sound is glorious, although the stage is small, but I soon forgot that, caught up in a production so full of gifts i didn't know where to look....
  21. I cannot find another thread for this but wondered if they have announced Nutcracker casting yet for the London Coli season. The website is a bit frustrating as you can go into Nutcracker but it wants to take you straight to the booking at the Coli and I would like to see casting first if possible for the days I can go. Have I missed a trick from their website? Or perhaps too soon for casting announcements for December etc? Many thanks anyone with any more info
  22. Thread for all the mixed-company MacMillan celebrations at the Royal Opera House this autumn. It kicks off tonight with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Concerto, Scottish Ballet in Le Baiser de la fée (or The Fairy's Kiss, if you prefer) and a mixed-company performance of Elite Syncopations, if I'm not mistaken. And to start us off, here's a link back to David's notes on Le Baiser de la fée
  23. English National Ballet 2018 Spring/Summer Season • World premiere of new work by William Forsythe created especially for English National Ballet. • To be performed in Voices of America: Robbins/Forsythe/Barton, a new mixed bill dedicated to neoclassical ballet with an American accent. • Alongside his new work, English National Ballet perform Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016 for the first time. • Voices of America also includes Jerome Robbins’ shocking ballet The Cage, and a reworked version of Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings. • Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty to be performed at the London Coliseum. • New version of My First Ballet: Swan Lake to tour the UK. English National Ballet today announces its 2018 Spring/Summer Season. In April 2018, English National Ballet will present the world premiere of a new work by one of the most revered choreographers working today, William Forsythe. His first creation for a UK ballet company in over 20 years. Forsythe’s new work will be presented as part of Voices of America, a new mixed bill dedicated to neo-classical ballet with an American accent, featuring works with audacious attitude from three generations of choreographers. Alongside his new work, English National Ballet will also perform Forsythe’s Approximate Sonata 2016. Originally created in 1996, Forsythe recently reworked this piece for Paris Opera Ballet. A series of pas de deux that deconstruct the classical ballet vocabulary, Approximate Sonata 2016 is accompanied by a new version of the original score by Thom Willems. Voices of America sees another work new to English National Ballet, Jerome Robbins’ The Cage. One of Robbins’ most shocking and intense ballets, The Cage looks at the rites and rituals of a species where the female considers the male to be prey, featuring 14 female and two male dancers. Originally created in 1951, The Cage is set to Stravinsky’s Concerto in D for String Orchestra, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Completing the mixed bill is a reworked version of Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings. Originally created as part of English National Ballet’s She Said programme in 2016, Fantastic Beings is a mysterious, magnetic work that sees 16 dancers take to the stage, accompanied by Mason Bates’ dynamic score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Of Voices of America Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “For a while now I have wanted to dedicate a programme to the abstract, neoclassical style of ballet that is born out of America. It gives me great pleasure to now be doing so with a new work created especially for us by the genius that is William Forsythe, alongside his Approximate Sonata 2016. “I am excited that these Forsythe works will be accompanied by Jerome Robbins’ brilliantly shocking ballet The Cage, and a revival of Aszure Barton’s fabulous Fantastic Beings. I cannot wait for audiences to experience the power and emotion of these ballets next spring.” In June 2018, English National Ballet revives Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty at the London Coliseum. This classical dark fairy-tale ballet offers “some of the most ravishing steps in 19th century repertory” (The Guardian). Featuring stunning sets by Peter Farmer, elaborate costumes by Nicholas Georgiadas, and Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. This revival coincides with the recent anniversary of MacMillan’s death, and follows the Company’s performances of MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth in the autumn/winter. Returning for its ninth consecutive year is English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancercompetition, which will be held at the London Coliseum for the first time on 11 June 2018. Recognising the excellence of the company’s artists, this annual celebration remains vital to developing and nurturing young talent within the Company. Over the years Emerging Dancer has grown significantly in popularity, with last year’s Facebook livestream receiving over 89,000 views worldwide. Next spring, English National Ballet will present a brand-new version of the ever-popular My First Ballet: Swan Lake, which premieres at London’s Peacock theatre before touring to seven venues across the country. Created in partnership with English National Ballet School, the My First Ballet series reworks popular ballet titles to make them accessible to children as young as three. Since inception in 2012 over a quarter of a million people have seen a ballet from the series. English National Ballet continues to present the very best of British ballet to audiences across the world next season when it tours Akram Khan’s Giselle internationally for the first time. In March 2018, the production will headline the Auckland Arts Festival in New Zealand before opening the Dublin Dance Festival in Ireland in May 2018. Last season English National Ballet toured Le Corsaire, Coppélia, and Ballet Bold, a mixed bill that included Adagio Hammerklavier, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, and The Sleeping Beauty (Act 3) internationally to over 18,000 people in Japan and Poland respectively. Tickets for The Sleeping Beauty and My First Ballet: Swan Lake’s national tour go on sale to Friends of English National Ballet at 10am on Wednesday 6 September 2018. General on sale is 10am, Monday 11 September 2018. Tickets for Voices of America and My First Ballet: Swan Lake at the Peacock, London go on sale to Friends of English National Ballet at 10am on Monday 30 October 2018. General on sale is 10am, Monday 6 November. On sale date for Emerging Dancer to be announced shortly. For information on how to become a Friend of English National Ballet see www.ballet.org.uk/support-us Listing information for English National Ballet 2018 Spring/Summer Season Voices of America: Robbins/Forsythe/Barton Sadler’s Wells, London Thursday 12 – Saturday 21 April 2018 Box office: 020 7863 8000 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £12 (on sale Autumn 2017) My First Ballet: Swan Lake Peacock Theatre, London Thursday 29 March – Saturday 7 April 2018 Box Office: 020 7863 8222 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £10 My First Ballet: Swan Lake Churchill Theatre, Bromley Saturday 14 – Sunday 15 April 2018 Box Office: 020 3285 6000 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £15.50 My First Ballet: Swan Lake New Theatre, Oxford Saturday 21 – Sunday 22 April 2018 Box Office: 0844 871 3020 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £11.50 My First Ballet: Swan Lake Opera House, Manchester Saturday 28 – Sunday 29 April 2018 Box Office: 0844 871 3018 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £11.50 My First Ballet: Swan Lake The Grand Theatre, Blackpool Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 May 2018 Box Office: 01253 290190 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £10 My First Ballet: Swan Lake New Victoria Theatre, Woking Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 May 2018 Box Office: 0844 871 7645or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £11.50 My First Ballet: Swan Lake Princess Theatre, Torquay Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 May 2018 Box Office: 0844 871 3023 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £11.50 The Sleeping Beauty London Coliseum Wednesday 6 – Saturday 16 Jun 2018 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk Tickets: from £14 Emerging Dancer London Coliseum Monday 11 June 2018 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk Booking fees may apply. 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. English National Ballet is an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells.
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