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New appointments at English National Ballet

Caroline Thomson, a former deputy director-general of the BBC, has been appointed executive director of English National Ballet. In her first act as executive director, she announced that Farooq Chaudhry, co-founder and producer of Akram Khan Company, will be joining ENB as producer. He will support the creative vision of artistic director Tamara Rojo and […]

Gala for Yorkshire Ballet Summer School

STOP PRESS – Sergei Polunin will also be appearing at the Gala Anthony Dowell and actor Derek Jacobi will host a gala marking the 40th anniversary of the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School (YBSS), held at Sadler’s Wells on September 29.

Alina Cojocaru to join English National Ballet

Alina Cojocaru, who resigned from The Royal Ballet at the end of the 2012–13 season, is to join English National Ballet as lead principal. She will continue to make guest appearances with the Hamburg Ballet and American Ballet Theatre.

Artistic director designate for The Royal Ballet School

Christopher Powney, currently director of the Dutch National Ballet Academy, has been appointed artistic director designate of The Royal Ballet School. He will take up the position in April 2014.

The first Crown Prince: David Wall interview

David Wall, who died on June 18, 2013, created the role of Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling. In 2007, he spoke to Zoë Anderson about creating and coaching the ballet. Here is the interview, from Dancing Times, April 2007.   Kenneth MacMillan’s Mayerling returns to The Royal Ballet’s repertoire later this month. This […]

David Wall

David Wall, one of the UK’s greatest male dancers, died on June 18, 2013. Kevin O’Hare, director of The Royal Ballet, and Tamara Rojo, director of English National Ballet, have led tributes to Wall as a dancer, teacher and coach.

English National Ballet new season

English National Ballet (ENB) has announced plans for the 2013–14 season, including new works by Akram Khan, Liam Scarlett and Russell Maliphant, the company’s first performances at London’s Barbican Theatre and a guest appearance by Carlos Acosta.

Alina Cojocaru Gala for Hospices of Hope

Since 2008, ballerina Alina Cojocaru (pictured) has been raising funds for the Bucharest Hospice Appeal, holding galas for Hospices of Hope. She returns to Sadler’s Wells on Sunday, May 12, with a varied repertory and plenty of starry friends.

Putrov in Le Jeune homme et la Mort

Ivan Putrov will appear as a guest artist with English National Ballet next week. Putrov, formerly of The Royal Ballet, will make his debut performance in Roland Petit’s Le Jeune homme et la Mort, partnering Jia Zhang. He replaces ENB’s Yonah Acosta, and will alternate as the Young Man with Nicolas Le Riche of the […]

Leanne Benjamin to retire

After 21 years with The Royal Ballet, Leanne Benjamin will retire in July 2013, at the end of the current season. Her last performance will be on July 10, in A Gala Evening with The Royal Ballet at the Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo as part of the company’s summer tour. Her final UK performance will be […]

Le Corsaire at English National Ballet

English National Ballet will be the first UK company to present a full-length production of Le Corsaire, opening on tour in October 2013. The production, by Anna-Marie Holmes, was originally created for Boston Ballet in 1997, and will be revised for English National Ballet.

WIN! Tickets to see English National Ballet at the London Coliseum

English National Ballet has teamed up with Dancing Times to offer its readers the chance to win four tickets in a private box for a performance of its Ecstasy and Death programme at the London Coliseum in April. The programme includes a rare chance to see the Paris Opéra Ballet étoile Nicolas Le Riche appearing […]

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