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English National Ballet’s Holloway Production Studio

English National Ballet has officially named the state-of-the-art main studio within its new home at London City Island, the Holloway Production Studio, in recognition of a substantial charitable donation from philanthropist, Charles Holloway. 


The occasion was marked with a special socially distanced ribbon cutting celebration with performances given by finalists of the Company’s upcoming Emerging Dancer competition accompanied by a small group of musicians from English National Ballet Philharmonic. 


Tamara Rojo, Charles Holloway, Sir Roger Carr - English National Ballet’s Holloway Production Studio © Laurent Liotardo


Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “The Holloway Production studio sits at the heart of our new home and has transformed the way we work at English National Ballet. Its scale and versatility have given us freedom to be truly ambitious in our creativity. It is also a space that we can open up to other theatre, dance and music companies so that its benefits are shared throughout our artistic communities. On behalf of all of us at English National Ballet I want to give heartfelt thanks to Charles Holloway for his incredible generosity.”


Sir Roger Carr, Chair of English National Ballet said: “The scale and quality of the Holloway Production Studio has helped us slowly get our dancers rehearsing and creating again after lockdown and we are sincerely grateful to Charles for his vision, his philanthropy and his kindness to our company and all its wonderful artists.”


2019 saw English National Ballet enter a new chapter in its history when it moved into a purpose-built 93,000 sq ft home in East London. Recently awarded the Architect’s Journal Building of the Year 2020, the building features seven rehearsal studios, state-of-the-art fitness and rehabilitation suite, costume atelier and dedicated engagement spaces. 


At the heart of the building sits the Holloway Production Studio which features a fully fitted fly tower and is rigged with technical gallery, lighting and sound desks allowing for technical rehearsals to take place before arrival in a theatre. The innovative studio also has retractable seating for 175 so audiences can be invited in to see work in its formative stages, opening up the artform. 


English National Ballet is a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England. 


Notes to Editors


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 been at the forefront of ballet's growth and evolution ever since. 


English National Ballet brings world class ballet to the widest possible audience through performances across the UK and on eminent international stages including The Bolshoi Theatre and Palais Garnier; its distinguished orchestra, English National Ballet Philharmonic; and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet's Dance for Parkinson's.


Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo CBE, English National Ballet has introduced ground-breaking new works to the Company's repertoire whilst continuing to honour the tradition of great classical ballet, gaining acclaim for artistic excellence and creativity. 2019 saw English National Ballet enter a new chapter in its history with a move into a purpose-built state-of-the-art home in East London which brings a renewed commitment to, and freedom for, creativity, ambition, and connection to more people, near and far, than ever before.


About Arts Council England
Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people's lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2018 and 2022, we will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.


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