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English National Ballet’s plans for 2020-2021

Posted on January 29, 2020

English National Ballet in Playlist Track 12 by William Forsythe. © Laurent Liotardo 1

English National Ballet has announced plans for its 2020 season, including a new, full-length production of Raymonda, a programme of works from William Forsythe, and further performances of Akram Khan’s Creature. Raymonda, which receives its first performance at Manchester’s Palace Theatre on October 15, will be directed and choreographed by artistic director Tamara Rojo after the Marius Petipa original, bringing the story “into the setting of the Crimean war and drawing inspiration from the ground breaking spirit and work of the women supporting the war effort, including Florence Nightingale in this her bicentennial year.” The production recasts Raymonda, “as a young woman with a calling to become a nurse… a heroine in command of her own destiny”. The production will also be performed in tour at Southampton, Milton Keynes and London. 

After its premiere at Sadler’s Wells this April, Khan’s Creature, based on the Frankenstein story, returns to the venue in November and travels to the US in 2021. William Forsythe’s Blake Works I and Approximate Sonata 2016 will be performed alongside Playlist (EP), an extended version of Playlist (Track 1, 2), on a programme that opens at Sadler’s Wells in April 2021. Visit the website for more information. 

Pictured: English National Ballet in William Forsythe’s Playlist (Track 1,2). Photograph by Laurent Liotardo.


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