Jerome Robbins. William Forsythe. Aszure Barton. Three generations of choreographers in New York. Each with a distinct style, but with work infused with the raw, in-your-face attitude of American-style neo-classical ballet.
World Premiere A New Creation - The world premiere of a new work by one of the most revered choreographers working today, created especially for English National Ballet, this is his first creation for a UK ballet company in over 20 years. Approximate Sonata 2016 - Originally created in 1996, Forsythe recently reworked this piece for Paris Opera Ballet. A series of pas de deux that deconstruct the classical ballet vocabulary, Approximate Sonata 2016 is accompanied by a new version of the original score by Thom Willems. The Cage - Animal desire, predatory instinct and natural selection come together in Robbins' powerful work, where a female ?insect' comes to see the male counterpart as prey. This arresting piece is performed to Stravinsky's haunting Concerto in D, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Fantastic Beings - The programme concludes with a reworked version of Aszure Barton's inventive Fantastic Beings. Originally created as part of English National Ballet's She Said programme in 2016, Fantastic Beings is a vigorous, energetic work for 16 dancers, accompanied by Mason Bates' dynamic score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.