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Whether you know Arlene from Hot Gossip or as the toughest judge on Strictly Come Dancing, prepare to be surprised and entertained by the stories behind the multi-award winning musicals, the music videos, the TV shows, the films and many more dance extravaganzas.
Liz Lerman, Institute Professor at Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, is well known as a choreographer, author, MacArthur ?genius' Fellow, founder of Dance Exchange and creator of the popular Critical Response Process. Launching the Dance Umbrella Lecture series, Lerman will consider the different ways we watch theatre and dance, and examine where we find strength and resonance as art-makers and art-watchers. Lerman takes real situations as starting points for her creations ? the American Civil War, ageing, physics at CERN, microbiology ? to travel far beyond reality, constructing performances that are personal, funny, and intellectually vivid. After the lecture there will be a Q&A with Steven Hoggett, Movement Director for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Part of Dance Umbrella. This event takes place in the Cottesloe Room
An annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. Experience the excitement of seeing young talent thrive in the live final as the six Emerging Dancer nominees perform two solos in front of an eminent panel of expert judges. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow!
Selected by their peers, six of our most promising dancers perform in front of an eminent panel of expert judges, before one receives the 2018 Emerging Dancer Award. This inspiring evening is a fantastic opportunity to watch our rising stars flourish, and witness how far their dedication has taken them. The recipient of the People's Choice Award, selected by members of the public, and the Corps de Ballet Award, acknowledging the work on and off-stage of an Artist of the Company, will also be revealed.
One of the UK's leading Ballet Companies.
Le Jeune Homme et la Mort - Last performed by English National Ballet in 2013, Roland Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort follows a young man hopelessly in love with a cruel and faithless mistress. He waits desperately for her, but when she finally arrives, she torments him. Distraught and confused, the young man succumbs to his despair. Performed to Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, with a libretto by Jean Cocteau, Petit's ballet is a searing display of unrequited love and its tragic consequences. La Sylphide - On the morning of his wedding to his sweet fianc?e Effy, James awakens from a dream to see a mysterious and tantalising Sylphide before him. His obsession with her sets off a fateful sequence of events where joy turns to sorrow, love to betrayal and infatuation to tragedy.
One of the UK's leading Ballet Companies.
Song of the Earth - Inspired by Mahler's haunting song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, MacMillan brings music, poetry and choreography together to capture the fragility of life, and its constant renewal. Three central figures portray the bittersweet reality of love, loss, and mortality: a Woman, a Man and an enigmatic Messenger. First performed in 1965, Song of the Earth was a point of departure for MacMillan's choreography, surprising and captivating audiences and critics. English National Ballet is honoured to add this revered MacMillan work to its repertoire. La Sylphide - On the morning of his wedding to his sweet fianc?e Effy, James awakens from a dream to see a mysterious and tantalising Sylphide before him. His obsession with her sets off a fateful sequence of events where joy turns to sorrow, love to betrayal and infatuation to tragedy. August Bournonville's classic Romantic ballet is devotedly recreated by Eva Kloborg and Frank Andersen in this captivating production, and is accompanied by an enchanting score, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
Award-winning dancers Matthew Ball, Irek Mukhamedov, Daniel Proietto and Edward Watson are among those joining dancer and producer Ivan Putrov in a new production of his thrilling and illuminating exploration of the changing role of the male dancer over the last century. Men in Motion pays homage to the great dancers and choreographers of the past and showcases some of the most exciting artists at work today.
This enchanting story tells the tale of how Clara is given a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas present by Dr Drosselmeyer. During the Christmas party Clara and her brother Fritz fight over the nutcracker doll. Later that night Clara wakes and looks for the Nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes twelve, giant mice appear and fight with the toy soldiers. The nutcracker doll comes to life and joins in the battle. Clara finally kills the King Mouse with her shoe and The Nutcracker Doll is transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara through the land of snow to the Kingdom of Sweet and the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Get ready to step back in time and relive special moments from the career of dancing extraordinaire, Fred Astaire. The ?Remembering Fred Tour' will take you on a magical journey of dance, live music and entertainment supported by special appearances from various celebrity guests. Strictly Come Dancing stars Aljaz and Janette will be performing steps and turns from the golden age of Hollywood's most celebrated dance routines. Audiences will hear from famous Fred fans including Twiggy, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Bruce Oldfield who will share stories of how the screen icon touched their lives and discuss what made him so special. Remembering Fred will feature songs such as They Can't Take That Away From Me, Night & Day, S'Wonderful, Cheek To Cheek, Puttin' On The Ritz, Let's Face The Music & Dance, The Way You Look Tonight, Top Hat, White Tie & Tail and many others.
Contributions to the show by:Ava Astaire-McKenzie, Bruce Oldfield, Darcey Bussell, Don Black and Twiggy.
The dancers will swing, bop, jitterbug, lindy hop, jive and ballroom through the greatest songs from the greatest decade of music! The music in the show spans various styles from romantic ballads and crooner songs through to classic pop hits and the shattering world of rock 'n' roll. Includes: Smile, Mona Lisa, Cry, Unforgettable, When I Fall In Love, One For My Baby, Wonderful World, Mambo Italiano, Fly Me To The Moon, Young & Foolish, My Baby Just Cares, That'll Be The Day, Summertime Blues, Only You, The Great Pretender, Fools Fall In Love, You Send Me, Hound Dog, Bye Bye Love, C'Mon Everybody, I Only Have Eyes For You. The Greatest Songs from The Greatest Decade!
Ukrainian ballet prodigy Sergei Polunin trained at The Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet, where he rapidly rose through the ranks, becoming their youngest principal ever.
Project Polunin is a triple bill of classical and modern pieces. The programme at Sadler's Wells will include the UK premiere of Vladimir Vasiliev's Icarus: The Night before the Flight, performed by Sergei Polunin and Natalia Osipova, and Tea or Coffee, a company piece choreographed by Andrey Kaydanovskiy. The programme will also feature the world premiere of Narcissus & Echo, a piece conceived and composed by Ilan Eshkeri and co-created with Polunin and photographer and artist David LaChapelle, together with Associate Choreographer Valentino Zuchetti and Artistic Associate Nehemiah Kish. Polunin previously collaborated with LaChapelle, performing in his interpretation of Hozier's ?Take Me to Church'. Eshkeri wrote the music for Polunin's biographical film Dancer.
The malevolent Fairy Carabosse curses Princess Aurora to 100 years’ slumber, by a single prick of her finger on her 16th birthday. Doomed by fate, only a Prince’s sweet kiss can break the spell and awaken the sleeping beauty.
The bewitching and dark fairy-tale is brought to life in Kenneth MacMillan’s exquisite production, with “some of the most ravishing steps in the 19th century repertory”.
Visually stunning with Peter Farmer’s sumptuous set, and elaborate costumes by Nicholas Georgiadas, this gorgeously classical production features Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.
This revival coincides with the recent anniversary of MacMillan’s death, and follows the Company’s performances of MacMillan’s masterpiece Song of the Earth in the autumn/winter
Stomp finds beauty and music in the mundane - from boots and bins to zippo lighters and plumber's plungers - everything including the kitchen sink becomes part of this production as a cast of 8 performers make instruments out of brooms and turn hand-clapping into conversation. With energy and toe-tapping exuberance, Stomp takes the clutter and junk of everyday life and transforms it into a theatrical event.
Run time 1hr 45mins
Multi award-winning, Svetlana Zakharova is Prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theatre, Principal dancer & the first and only Russian Etoile Teatro alla Scala, the main guest star Grand Opera and the National Theatre, Tokyo.
In this new production Svetlana Zakharova experiments with both classic and contemporary styles as she strives for perfection in constant search for new ways of artistic expression in dance. For her programme Svetlana have chosen three ballets by three world-renowned choreographers: Yuri Possokhov (San Francisco Ballet's choreographer), alongside Patrick De Bana (Vienna State Ballet's regular choreographer and honorary member of the National Board of German Ballet and Dance Theatre Directors), and Marguerite Donlon (Irish choreographer and artistic director currently based in Berlin). Svetlana Zakharova will be accompanied with principal dancers of the Russian Ballet : Denis Rodkin, Mikhail Lobukhin, Denis Savin as well as other dancers of the Theater Bolshoi.