News: English National Ballet at Tate Britain

Friday 24 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

Esteban Berlanga (in 'Firebird' design: David Bamber), Laurretta Summerscales (in 'Suite en Blanc') &  Araminta Wraith (in 'Rite of Spring' design: Kinder Aggugini) All ballets performed as part of Beyond Ballets Russes. Photo: Chris Catalan

From Monday (27 February) English National Ballet are taking up residency in Tate Britain’s massive Duveen galleries to celebrate the recent opening of the major exhibition Picasso & Modern British Art – and the company’s Beyond Ballets Russes season at the London Coliseum next month.

Inspired by Picasso’s visionary costume and set design work with the Ballets Russes, this collaboration will offer a rare insight into how English National Ballet rehearses repertoire and creates commissions. The residency ends with world premiere performances of three newly commissioned ballets at Late at Tate on the Friday (open until 10pm, last performance 8.45pm), animating works from Picasso & Modern British Art – performed alongside David Dawson’s Faun(e).

The full company of 67 dancers will be taking class every morning, with a specially constructed barre stretching the length of the central Duveen Gallery. They will be rehearsing various works, including The Rite of Spring and Firebird . There will also be workshops for people of all ages and abilities to join ( – including Dance for Parkinsons’ sessions, which the company has been pioneering in the UK) , as well as talks, discussions and demonstrations highlighting the links between dance and the visual arts, particularly in the legacy of the Ballets Russes.

See the full programme on www.ballet.org.uk

English National Ballet at Tate Britain, Mon 27 Feb – Sun 4 Mar
Late at Tate at Tate Britain, Fri 2 Mar2012
Beyond Ballets Russes at the London Coliseum, 22 March – 1 April 2012

Main image: Esteban Berlanga (in ‘Firebird’ design: David Bamber), Laurretta Summerscales (in ‘Suite en Blanc’) & Araminta Wraith (in ‘Rite of Spring’ design: Kinder Aggugini) at Tate Britain. All ballets are being performed as part of Beyond Ballets Russes at the London Coliseum. Photo: Chris Catalan

Picasso & Modern British Art at Tate Britain, 15 February – 15 July 2012

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