2023 Ballet Day Celebration by San Francisco Ballet

See class taught by guest coach Julio Bocca and SF Ballet Artistic Director Tamara Rojo, or immerse yourself in the creation of Mere Mortals—SF Ballet’s new full-length with choreography by Aszure Barton and a new score by British DJ and producer Floating Points. Observe the creation of a new Carmen by Olivier Award-winning choreographer Arielle Smith, featuring a new score by jazz legend Arturo O’Farrill. Smith’s Carmen has costume designs by Gabriela Hearst, scenic designs by Riccardo Hernandez, and presents a new twist on the theatrical classic. Get to know SF Ballet star Yuan Yuan Tan as she prepares the iconic role of Marguerite in Ashton’s Marguerite and Armand. Finally, see the White Swan and Black Swan pas de deux and learn what it takes to embody these roles. It’s all in World Ballet Day!

RECUERDOS DE MIS ESTUDIOS EN EL INSTITUTO ALICIA ALONSO

Algunos recuerdos de mis estudios en el Centro Universitario Instituto Superior de Danza Alicia Alonso de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Some memories from my studies at the Centro Universitario Instituto Superior de Danza Alicia Alonso of the Rey Juan Carlos University

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A NEW VERSION OF GISELLE

GISELLE

A NEW VERSION OF GISELLE FOR THE ENB BY AKRAM KHAN

Read English National Ballet Giselle Reviews

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.

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She Said

English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells – Reviews

“Dancer Tamara Rojo presents three powerful and engrossing ballets rolled into one stunning performance” by Melissa York – CITYA.M

“TAKE two of the world’s greatest dancers simmering in a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, then stir in a passionate female artist and her unfaithful and irresistible lover and what you’ve got is hot.” by Jeffery Taylor – The Express

” If She Said means anything, it is to prove that creating quality choreography does not require a penis” by Graham Watts – London Dance

“A marvellous image of creativity and power” by Zoë Anderson – Independent

“Tamara Rojo explores her inner Diaghilev in a fascinating bill of new work” by Jenny Gilbert – The Arts Desk

“When Tamara Rojo delivers, she delivers” by Vera Liber – British Theatre Guide

“She Said at Sadler’s Wells” by Debra Craine -The Times

“Three steps forward for women” by Luke Jennings – The Observer

AKGiselleNew score, adapted from Adolphe Adam original by composer Vincenzo Lamagna.

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.

English National Ballet Giselle Reviews

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

Modern Masters

Sadler’s Wells, London

10 Mar 2015 – 15 Mar 2015

Ksenia Ovsyanick and James Forbat in Petite Mort. Photo: © David Jenson
Ksenia Ovsyanick and James Forbat in Petite Mort. Photo: © David Jenson
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.
PETITE MORT
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.