Constella Ballet and Orchestra To Premiere Three New Works In Sadler’s Wells Debut

“Copland ‘Appalachian Spring’ performed by Constella Ballet & Orchestra starring Nancy Osbaldeston”

[London, ENG] – Constella Ballet and Orchestra present a triple bill in it’s first performance at the Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells on 19 and 20 September. It features three choreographic premières by English National Ballet (ENB) Associate Artist, George Williamson. The music includes iconic works by Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber plus a shifting, virtuosic piece by minimalist composer Judd Greenstein.

Among the dancers performing is soloist Nancy Osbaldeston, winner of ENB’s Emerging Dance Competition 2012 and now Demi-Soloist at the Royal Ballet of Flanders. The other six dancers are all currently with ENB. The conductor for all three pieces is Constella founder member and regular conductor, Leo Geyer.

The programme is as follows:

Ballet for Nancy
Music: Appalachian Spring – Aaron Copland
Choreography: George Williamson
Nancy – Nancy Osbaldeston
A solo piece specially created for Nancy Osbaldeston

Adagio
Music: Adagio for Strings – Samuel Barber
Choreography: George Williamson
Dancers: Jia Zhang and Max Westwell
A beautiful Pas de Deux

Four on the Floor
Music: Four on the Floor – Judd Greenstein
Choreography: George Willamson
Dancers: Laurretta Summerscales, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Guiherme Menezes and Vitor Menezes
An explosive quartet

Constella Ballet and Orchestra have grown from the critically acclaimed Constella Orchestra, which has made a name for itself over the last three years with challenging and adventurous programming, including a first collaboration with dancers in 2013, in Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale. Constella comprises some of the UK’s finest young artists, providing a platform to experiment and explore ballet and its surrounding art forms. Leo Geyer explains their ethos:

“We are called a ballet and orchestra company because our dancers and musicians are of equal importance. We highlight the most exhilarating feature ballet has to offer – collaboration. We are committed to the development of ballet and eager to show that it is an exciting and relevant art form to today’s modern audience.”

Constella’s most recent venture, Geyer’s own Sideshows performed as part of the Tête à Tête Opera Festival at King’s Place, was very positively received by audience and critics. Robert Hugill of http://www.planethugill.com/ felt that ‘all the performers were brilliant’ and Francesca Wickers, writing in www.fringeopera.com, describes the company as possessing ‘that enviable combination of wit, talent and intelligence’. Sideshows was also featured live on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune.

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