English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala Draws On Rich Repertory To Showcase Company

70th Anniversary Gala: Trailer | English National Ballet

(London) – As part of its 70th anniversary season, English National Ballet will celebrate its history with a 70th Anniversary Gala, three specially curated gala performances at the London Coliseum on 17 and 18 January 2020.

Showcasing the world-class talent of the entire Company, alongside the future stars of the ballet world from English National Ballet School, these performances include some of the most important and ground-breaking works that make up English National Ballet’s diverse repertoire.

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The gala performances will begin with a blend of film and performance. Using archive footage of English National Ballet, Dominic Best, who directed BBC documentaries Good Swan, Bad Swan: Dancing Swan Lake and Giselle: Belle of the Ballet, will create a special film which will dissolve into live performance on stage, with extracts from the following works to be performed:

  • Apollo, George Balanchine
  • Who Cares?, George Balanchine
  • La Sylphide, August Bournonville
  • Swansong, Christopher Bruce
  • Strictly Gershwin, Derek Deane
  • Playlist (Track 2), William Forsythe
  • Coppélia, Ronald Hynd
  • Dust, Akram Khan
  • Giselle, Akram Khan
  • Broken Wings, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
  • The Sleeping Beauty, Kenneth MacMillan
  • Romeo & Juliet, Rudolf Nureyev
  • Carmen, Roland Petit
  • Three Preludes, Ben Stevenson

International dance star, Sergio Bernal will be joining the Company as Guest Artist for the 70th Anniversary Galas, performing Farruca (Three-Cornered Hat).

ENBYouthCo will also perform a short piece choreographed by their Creative Director, Richard Bermange.

The Gala performances conclude with a nod to English National Ballet’s early years, with a performance of one if its signature pieces, Etudes by Harald Lander, first performed by the Company in 1955.

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Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “Our 70th Anniversary Gala performances are a rare opportunity to showcase in one place a huge variety of brilliant work from our extraordinarily rich history. This will be a Gala that celebrates the sheer love of dance, both on and off the stage, that has been part of our vision from the beginning.”

“Throughout the three performances we will be bringing together as many people as possible from the English National Ballet family, on stage and in the audience, to celebrate and give thanks for the generosity of all who make this the very special Company it is. Alongside the Gala, we want to make sure we thank our audiences and partners throughout the season and will do so in a variety of creative ways.”

The 70th Anniversary comes as English National Ballet marks a new chapter in its history with its move into a new purpose-built state-of-the-art home in East London, where rehearsals for the Gala performances have commenced. This transformational move will allow English National Ballet to continue to develop world-class artists, create ground- breaking new works, and honour the Company’s rich repertoire for years to come. With dedicated engagement, learning and public spaces, the Company will be able to connect with, and provide opportunities to, local communities like never before.

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Performance details are subject to change.

English National Ballet’s 70th Anniversary Gala London Coliseum
Friday 17 & Saturday 18 January 2020
Box Office: 020 7845 9300 or Gala Website

About English National Ballet

English National Ballet has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950 as London Festival Ballet by the great English Dancers Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, it has played a major role in the growth and history of ballet in the UK. Today, English National Ballet is renowned for taking world-class ballet to the widest possible audience through its national and international tour programme, offsite performances at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude, its distinguished orchestra English National Ballet Philharmonic, and being a UK leader in creative learning and engagement practice and delivery, building innovative partnerships to deliver flagship programmes such as English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s.

Under the artistic directorship of Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet has gained new acclaim as it introduces innovative new works to the Company’s repertoire while continuing to honour and reinvigorate traditional ballet.

About Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

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Press Release Via: English National Ballet

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