Posted on May 26, 2015
English National Ballet (ENB) and English National Ballet School (ENBS) have announced plans for a new joint home in East London. The move will bring the company and its school under one roof, in a centre combining training facilities, teaching and rehearsal studios alongside production space.
Tamara Rojo, director of ENB and ENBS, said: “I want to create a new space that allows us to produce and rehearse amazing work. Not only that, I want a building that will be available for other artistic organisations to rehearse too, whether they are staging opera, musicals or theatre. I want the space to echo to the sound of creative Britain.”
The new building will be at London City Island E14, a new development from Eco World Ballymore. The location is close to Canning Town and Trinity Buoy Wharf, a growing arts quarter with rehearsal rooms, studio and gallery space. East London as a whole is a growing cultural centre: Wayne McGregor | Random Dance recently announced a new home in the area’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the new ENB home will include a theatre-sized studio space for the development and rehearsal of productions. This will include a fly tower, allowing rehearsals with full sets. The building will also have eight large studios and facilities including gym, Pilates space and a rehabilitation centre. It will also have a dedicated music room for the English National Ballet orchestra, digital infrastructure and open spaces encouraging engagement with local communities, and allowing public access to ENB and ENBS archives.
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “Having bespoke, state-of-the-art facilities will strengthen this internationally renowned company’s ability to create new work and to rehearse, as well as allowing its talent development and creative learning plans to flourish. The move will also open up new opportunities for local collaborations and further increase East London’s growing status as an important cultural centre.”
Picture: Tamara Rojo. Photograph: Johan Persson