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English National Ballet in 2011

Posted on December 16, 2010

English National Ballet has announced its 2011 performances at the London Coliseum.

The mixed bill Black and White comes to the London Coliseum from March 16–19. It includes Serge Lifar’s neoclassical showcase Suite en blanc and a new work by company dancer Van le Ngoc, plus Wayne Eagling’s Resolution, set to Mahler, and his male showcase Men Y Men. It’s followed by Derek Deane’s proscenium arch staging of Swan Lake, from March 22–26.

In July, the company dance a Roland Petit programme – a rarity in the UK, though Petit is one of France’s most celebrated choreographers. L’Arlésienne is danced to music Bizet wrote for Daudet’s play of the same name, and tells the story of Federi’s thwarted love for Vivette, the young woman from Arles. The ballet’s backdrop is a landscape by Van Gogh, who lived and worked in Arles. Le Jeune homme et la mort has a sensational role for a male dancer, a young painter driven to despair by his lover. Petit’s Carmen was a scandalous success from its 1949 premiere, with erotically explicit pas de deux. This programme is at the Coliseum from July 20–24. See for details.


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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