Posted on March 13, 2018
English National Ballet’s new season will include an in-the-round Cinderella by Christopher Wheeldon, a new work by Stina Quagebeur based on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and the company’s move to its new home in East London.
The season was announced at a press conference at London City Island, the site of the company’s new home. English National Ballet (ENB) also announced its success in a stage two application to Arts Council England’s Capital Large Grants programme for a £3 million investment in the new home.
This will bring both ENB and English National Ballet School under one roof, with seven stage-sized rehearsal studios, a centre for training, teaching, fitness and rehab, plus a production studio with a five-storey flytower. The new home will include digital infrastructure, allowing both organisations to capture and share work. There will be dedicated engagement spaces for the company’s work with well-being and the local community, including the flagship Dance for Parkinson’s programme. Fundraising for the move is ongoing.
In April 2019, ENB will present its second work dedicated to works by female choreographers. Under the title She Persisted, following 2016’s She Said evening, the programme will include the premiere of Nora by first artist Stina Quagebeur, based on Ibsen’s play. It will be performed with revivals of Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings, which was created for She Said. In this ballet, Irek Mukhamedov will return as Diego Rivera.
Christopher Wheeldon’s Cinderella will open at the Royal Albert Hall in June 2019. Co-produced by ENB and the Royal Albert Hall, the in-the-round version will feature more than 90 dancers, promising theatrical surprises and lavish sets.
The season opens at Sadler’s Wells with a revival of the First World War programme Lest We Forget, running from September 20 to 29. It’s followed by a tour of Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon, which will visit Manchester Opera House, Milton Keynes Theatre, the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and the London Coliseum. Derek Deane’s proscenium arch production of Swan Lake will tour to the Liverpool Empire, Bristol Hippodrome and the London Coliseum. The Nutcracker returns for its traditional Christmas season, also at the London Coliseum. Internationally, the company will take Akram Khan’s Giselle to the Harris Theatre, Chicago and the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow in 2019.
Priority booking for Manon, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker opens on March 14, 2018, with general booking open from March 19. Booking for She Persisted, Cinderella and the company’s 2019 Emerging Dancer awards will open in autumn 2018. Visit ballet.org.uk for more details.
Picture: English National Ballet in Akram Khan’s Giselle. Photograph: Laurent Liotardo