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Press Release: English National Ballet's Dance Journeys 2019

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English National Ballet 
Dance Journeys 2019
Sadler’s Wells 
Sunday 7 April 2019
Performance at 6pm


English National Ballet presents Dance Journeys 2019, showcasing the creative voices of young people on the main stage at Sadler’s Wells during the Company’s She Persisted programme.


Dance Journeys, supported by John Lyon’s Charity, gives young people the opportunity to work as a professional company and gain an in-depth experience of the production process leading to a performance - igniting a passion for dance. 


Fifty young dancers from London schools Copthall School and Friern Barnet School, join English National Ballet’s ENBYouthCo to work together as one Dance Journeys Company to premiere Uncharted at Sadler’s Wells. 


Our 2019 Dance Journeys programme also features inspiring performances from ENBYouthCo, English National Ballet School, and English National Ballet to celebrate dancers at various points of their own dance journey.  


Uncharted takes its inspiration from English National Ballet’s She Persisted triple bill, and traces female pioneers, unstoppable sailors, courageous mountaineers, tenacious astronauts and imaginative writers. Direction and choreography of this major new dance work is by Malgorzata (Gosia) Dzierzon and Renaud Wiser, and choreographers Katie Cambridge, Hubert Essakow and Aaron Vickers. The captivating score is by Aleksandra Vrebalov, recorded by 70 young musicians from Royal College of Music Junior Department and Costume Design by Louie Whitemore.


Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director at English National Ballet said: “Through projects such as English National Ballet’s Dance Journeys we can help to encourage and nurture young talent. Supporting the next generation, and creating opportunities for them, helps us to further develop our art forms, reach new audiences and create the artists of the future.” 


Fleur Derbyshire-Fox, Engagement Director at English National Ballet said: “Dance Journeys positively impacts on young people, far beyond the project itself. Opportunities and experiences like this help to increase young people’s confidence, raises their aspirations and develops greater resilience and life skills in everything they do.”


Dance Journeys 2019 also sees ENBYouthCo perform We Are Here, choreographed by Jo Meredith, reflecting on themes of power, transformation and strength from English National Ballet's triple-bill, Lest We Forget and what these mean to young people of today. This new work is highly physical and dynamic in nature, exploring control and manipulation within today’s society.


English National Ballet School students perform Rosamunde, choreographed by Carlos Valcárcel, ahead of their performance at Youth America Grand Prix 2019 20th Anniversary Gala at the Lincoln Centre in New York on 20 April 2019.


Completing the programme is English National Ballet, performing Vera, inspired by Vera Brittain’s memoir of the First World War A Testament of Youth. Choreographed by English National Ballet’s Stina Quagebeur, Vera premiered in 2014 as part of the Company’s programme for emerging choreographic talent (Choreographics) and was also part of the Lest We Forget programme last year, a series of poignant works to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.


John Lyon's Charity has granted in excess of £200,000 to enable the development of Dance Journeys since its inception in 2009.  With their support, over the past 10 years English National Ballet have built a programme which is recognised for its artistic quality, ambitious approach and authentic partnership engagement.


Dance Journeys is a free ticketed performance. For more information on the programme please visit www.ballet.org.uk/project/dance-journeys/


Notes to Editors


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.


John Lyon’s Charity

John Lyon’s Charity (JLC) is the leading independent funder for children and young people in nine North and West London boroughs awarding circa £10 million a year to organisations that seek to promote the life-chances of children and young people through education.  Children and Young People who benefit from the funding must live in the nine boroughs which make up the Charity’s Beneficial Area: Brent, Barnet, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea and the Cities of London and Westminster. So far, the Charity has granted over £115 million to a diverse range of organisations including youth clubs, supplementary schools, counselling initiatives, arts programmes and academic bursaries. The Charity believes there is life-changing value in investing in children and young people long-term, in the place where they live.


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. 

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