News: English National Ballet announce 2014 season

Monday 10 June 2013 by Carmel Smith

Tamara Rojo & Akram Khan at the English National Ballet press conference on Monday 10 June 2013. Photo: David Jensen

English National Ballet announced details of their 2014 season this morning (Mon 10 June) – which includes a programme of new work by British choreographers, Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett called Lest we Forget, inspired by next year’s centenary of the First World War. It will be accompanied by a reworking of Firebird by the company’s Associate Artist George Williamson and performed at the Barbican Theatre – the first time that English National Ballet have appeared at the venue.

Artistic Director Tamara Rojo said: “Lest We Forget marks my first commission for English National Ballet and I am thrilled that these three great artists have agreed to create works for the Company. I wanted an evening of British work and the Great War still has such resonance in British culture and society that the occasion of the centenary was an obvious inspiration.”*
“I am particularly excited to be bringing the works to the Barbican which will offer a natural home for this programme. English National Ballet has a rich tradition of touring and going to the Barbican fits with the Company’s ethos of presenting ballet to new and established audiences nationwide. The Barbican programmes contemporary dance and has an excellent reputation for working with major UK and international theatre and dance companies.”

The collaboration with a ballet company is a first for Akram Khan as well (– performing in his Olivier award winning Desh this week at Sadler’s Wells) – and will also involve his creative team Kimie Nakamo (costume designer) Fabiana Piccioli (lighting designer) Jocelyn Pook (composer) Ruth Little (dramaturge) and Jose Agudo (rehearsal director). At this morning’s press conference he said he had previously been unsure about working with ballet companies, but that English National Ballet’s new Artistic Director was a great draw. “Tamara [Rojo] is an artist – not just an incredible dancer – she has a vision.”

The 2014 season also includes touring productions of Le Corsaire and Nutcracker, productions of Coppelia (in the My First Ballet series, aimed at young audiences and next summer in full at the London Coliseum ), further editions of the company’s Emerging Dancer and Choreographics programmes –and next summer Tamara Rojo will dance with Carlos Acosta in Derek Deane’s in the round production of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall. She said: “It’s wonderful to get the chance to revisit this role which I helped to create as a young dancer and it will be a particularly great pleasure to be dancing it with Carlos whom I partnered so often in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo & Juliet.”

Booking for the new season opens on 19 June (12 June for English National Ballet Friends), Romeo & Juliet open to everyone on 12 June

Photo: David Jensen, courtesy ENB

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