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Press Release: English National Ballet's Lest We Forget - Principal Casting

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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

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Ooh, I didn't know they were doing Vera. It's an absolute beaut. Happy memories of that night at the Barbican at Choreographics in 2014; it was something very special indeed. 

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