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English National Ballet

Lest We Forget

Sadler’s Wells, EC1R

Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 September 2015

Performances at 7.30pm (mat at 2.30pm)

Tickets: £12 - £45

Tickets from: www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget or 0844 412 4300

A brave and brilliant move from director Tamara Rojo” Evening Standard


After moving audiences and critics alike at its premiere in 2014, English National Ballet’s poignant reflection on the First World War, Lest We Forget returns to London this autumn at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 8 - Saturday 12 September.


Winner of this year’s 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.


Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said; "When Lest We Forget premiered last year, it was one of my proudest moments as Artistic Director so far. To create new works with three of today's most celebrated choreographers was a great privilege. And needless to say, the reaction from critics and our audiences has been both humbling and incredibly moving. I couldn't be happier that we are able to bring this programme back this year.”


Winner of Best Modern Choreography at the 2014 Critics’ 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 2014Second Breath was performed at Imperial War Museum North and streamed live on BBC Arts as part of 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.


Part of English National Ballet’s National Autumn tour, see below for details.  


English National Ballet is an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells



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:


Lest We Forget Credit Information


Second Breath
Choreographer: Russell Maliphant
Lighting Designer: Michael Hulls
Composer: Andy Cowton
Orchestrator: Ben Foskett
Costume Designer: Stevie Stewart
Collaborative Assistant: Dana Fouras
Assistant: Carys Staton


No Man's Land
Choreographer: Liam Scarlett
Music/Composer: Excerpts from Harmonies Poétiques et Religieuses by Franz Liszt, arranged and orchestrated by Gavin Sutherland
Designs; Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer: Paul Keogan


Choreographer: Akram Khan
Composer: Jocelyn Pook
Dramturg; Ruth Little
Costume Design: Kimie Nakano
Lighting Design: Fabiana Piccioli
Set Design: Sander Loonen
Rehearsal Director: Jose Agudo and Andrej Petrovic


English National Ballet National Autumn Tour dates

Lest We Forget

Sadler’s Wells, London 

8 – 12 September 2015 

Box Office: 0844 412 4300 or www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget

Tickets: £12 - £45


Romeo & Juliet

Bristol Hippodrome

14 – 17 October 2015 

Box Office: 0844 871 3012 or www.ballet.org.uk/romeoandjuliet

Tickets: £9 - £45


Lest We Forget

Milton Keynes Theatre 

20 October 2015

Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget

Tickets: £9 - £35


Romeo & Juliet

Milton Keynes Theatre

22 – 24 October 2015

Box Office: 0844 871 7652 or www.ballet.org.uk/romeoandjuliet

Tickets: £9 - £45


Romeo & Juliet

The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

28 - 31 October 2015

Box Office: 023 8071 1811 or www.ballet.org.uk/romeoandjuliet

Tickets: £10.75 - £48.50


Le Corsaire

Liverpool Empire

18 – 21 November 2015

Box Office: 0844 871 3017 or www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire

Tickets: £9 - £40


Lest We Forget

Palace Theatre, Manchester

24 November 2015

Box Office: 0844 871 3019 or www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget 

Tickets: £9 - £35


Romeo & Juliet

Palace Theatre, Manchester

26 – 28 November 2015

Box Office: 0844 871 3019 or www.ballet.org.uk/romeoandjuliet

Tickets: £9 - £40



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Choreographics opens on 19 Jun until 20 June at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells. You can also watch Choreographics live online on 20 June 2015 from 2.15pm at www.ballet.org.uk/choreographicslive. For further details, our forthcoming season, casting and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter atwww.twitter.com/enballet [@ENBallet], Instagram at www.instagram.com/englishnationalballet, Facebook atwww.facebook.com/EnglishNationalBallet and YouTube at www.youtube.com/enballet

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The ENB website is now showing a change in the casting for No Man's Land.


Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat dance the lead couple tonight (Tuesday 8th not tomorrow) and Begona Cao and Junor Souza dance the lead couple tomorrow (Wednesday 9th not tonight). The other casting seems to remain as originally announced -as far as I can see.

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