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A NEW VERSION OF GISELLE FOR THE ENB BY AKRAM KHAN
Set and costumes by Tim Yip.
Performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Music director; Gavin Sutherland.
Dramaturgy; Ruth Little. Lighting design; Mark Henderson.
“When I decided I wanted to bring Giselle, one of the most traditional pieces of the classical repertoire, into the 21st Century there was only one choreographer I believe had both the knowledge of tradition and creativity necessary for this task. I am incredibly excited that Akram accepted this challenge. I believe this will be a very important step for the whole art form and I hope it will make this beautiful classic relevant to new audiences.”
Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director, English National Ballet.
The creative process behind Akram Khan’s Giselle
4 October 2016
Looking back at reimagining Giselle with Tamara Rojo, Akram Khan, Ruth Little, Vincenzo Lamagna, Gavin Sutherland, Tim Yip and ENB dancers.
Tamara Rojo on staging two versions of Giselle
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21 Jun 2016 – 25 Jun 2016.
Le fougueux corsaire Conrad y tombe amoureux de la belle Médora, pupille du marchand d’esclaves Lankedem et convoitée par le très puissant Pacha. Isaac, un compagnon de Conrad, et Gulnare, la belle esclave amoureuse du Pacha, s’invitent dans l’intrigue. Enlèvements, scènes de naufrage et de révolte, empoisonnements et réconciliations emportent les interprètes dans un récit épique et romanesque, relatant les amours contrariées des deux héros. La chorégraphie, d’une grande exigence technique, permet de mettre en valeur tous les artistes de la compagnie.
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She Said, is a programme of new one-act ballets all choreographed by women.
Interview: Tamara Rojo introduces She Said
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Sadler’s Wells, London
8 Sep 2015 – 12 Sep 2015
Box Office: 020 7863 8000
Milton Keynes Theatre
20 Oct 2015
19:30 – 22:00
Box Office: 0844 871 7652
Palace Theatre Manchester
24 Nov 2015
19:30 – 22:00
Box Office: 0844 871 3019
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Lest We Forget
English National Ballet wins dance South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015 for Lest We Forget program.
Southbank Sky Arts Awards 2015 – Tamara Rojo winning speech
“This is a great honour and I’m deeply humbled by it. It is important to say that it is not an award for one individual, or even one team. It has been won by the whole company and I would like to pay tribute to and thank :~
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, Liam Scarlett, George Williamson.
All our COLLABORATORS: Designers, particularly Bob Ringwood, Lighting designers, Composers and Costume makers.
The ORCHESTRA and MUSIC DIRECTOR, GAVIN SUTHERLAND, who is always up for everything and loves dance even more than me.
Our TECHNICAL TEAM, David Baxter, David Richardson and specially our technical director Al Riches, who always tells me all is ok even when I am seeing with my own eyes that it is falling apart, but somehow it is always alright in the end!
My DANCERS AND ARTISTIC TEAM, who embrace every challenge and deliver above all expectations.
TO ALL THE UNSUNG HEROES BEHIND THE SCENES, my Executive Director Caroline Thomson, producers, accountants, HR, development, marketing, costumes, hair and make-up outreach and education … You keep things going so we can all dream.
JUSTIN BICKLE, our Chairman, you are the embodiment of the definition of a philanthropist; A person that seeks the welfare of human kind. He who loves the arts. We could not be here without you and your amazing board.
And to the audience who follow us. We will be performing Lest We Forget from September, in London and around the country, so don’t miss it!
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Sadler’s Wells, London
10 Mar 2015 – 15 Mar 2015
Modern Masters honours the work of three of the most influential and creative choreographers of the 20th Century, and brings two new works to English National Ballet’s repertoire.
Created in 1991, Ji?í Kylián’s poetic piece, features six men, six women, and six fencing foils, symbolising energy, silence and sexuality. Performed to the slow movements of two Mozart Piano Concerti, the foils slowly become dancing partners, as the brutality of everyday life is revealed. Petite Mort is a quintessential Kylián masterwork, loved by our audience and our dancers when we performed it last year.
SPRING AND FALL
In the same year that Petite Mort was premiered, Hamburg Ballet’s John Neumeier, a new master of narrative and dramatic ballet, created Spring and Fall. Set to the Dvo?ák’s Serenade for Strings in E Major, it is a work for two couples and corps de ballet and takes its narrative from the tension in the music. Spring and Fall is not in the repertoire of any other UK company.
IN THE MIDDLE, SOMEWHAT ELEVATED
With In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, William Forsythe started a completely new school of choreography, deconstructing classical ballet and liberating a new generation of classical dancers to show off their abilities. Set against a bare stage it is danced by nine individuals culminating in a fierce display of technical and physical wizardry.
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“Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake”
Filmed by BBC