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New season at English National Ballet

Posted on March 10, 2017

English National Ballet has announced plans for the 2017 to 2018 season, including company premieres of Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s production of La Sylphide.

The season opens in September with a revival of Akram Khan’s reimagined Giselle. The company dance the work at London’s Sadler’s Wells from September 20 to 23, and further performances at the Liverpool Empire from October 25 to 28.

The double bill of Song of the Earth and La Sylphide has its premiere at Manchester Palace Theatre from October 11 to 14, and will be danced at the London Coliseum in January 2018. Song of the Earth marks the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death.

Song of the Earth is a great example of MacMillan’s choreographic style,” said Tamara Rojo, the company’s artistic director. “Influenced by the original Chinese poems that Mahler used to create the score, we can see how MacMillan used these delicate movements to form part of the dramatic choreography. This incredibly moving work is a wonderful vehicle for the extremely talented dancers in the company, and I can’t wait for our audiences to see them perform it next season.”

The MacMillan ballet is paired with Frank Andersen’s staging of Bournonville’s Romantic classic La Sylphide, being given its UK premiere.

Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet returns in a revival marking its 40th anniversary, with performances at Bristol Hippodrome from November 21 to 25. The Nutcracker returns for Christmas, with performances at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and the London Coliseum.

In London, La Sylphide is performed as a double bill with Song of the Earth from January 9 to 13, 2018, and then with a revival of Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, at the London Coliseum from January 16 to 20, 2018.

The company’s spring/summer 2018 season will be announced shortly. For more information, visit ballet.org.uk.

 

Picture: English National Ballet in Akram Khan’s Giselle. Photograph: Laurent Liotardo

 

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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