News: In Synergy with ENB

Monday 11 September 2006

At the end of this month there is a chance to see top English National Ballet dancers performing new work choreographed by four of their colleagues – and tickets are free*!

Synergy is an experimental project bringing together three major national arts organisations. English National Ballet, the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Art have joined forces to create new works showcasing the imaginative vision of young dancers, musicians and filmmakers.

It will premiere at the Britten Theatre, London on 29 (7.30pm) & 30 September (2.30pm & 7.30pm) and will be part of *Open Rehearsal* weekend (a Mayors Office/Visit London initiative to promote arts in the capital)

Principal dancers Thomas Edur and Yat-Sen Chang, and First Artists Maria Ribó Parés and Van Le Ngoc have each been given a completely free reign to choreograph a piece for the performance. Each dancer has chosen a different theme and selected dancers from the Company to perform. Royal College of Music postgraduate composers Charlie Piper, Dominic Sewell, Tom Davey and Satoko Doi have created the scores from a mixture of new music and reworked original compositions. Catherine Anyango, a recent graduate from the Royal College of Art, will provide a multimedia element to bring the four works together.

All four of the dancers have created works for English National Ballet’s choreographic workshops in the past and have been selected by Artistic Director Wayne Eagling. They have all been with English National Ballet for some years; Thomas Edur is one half of the Company’s Guest Principal partnership with his wife Agnes Oaks. He does have previous choreographic experience but this will be by far the most experimental work any of the dancers will have undertaken.

The four works span a diverse range of themes, from the four elements to mythology, love and beauty to the nature of movement. It is hoped that Synergy will be the foundation for future collaborations and a springboard from which creative artists of the future can launch their careers.

To give audiences the chance to get involved, English National Ballet will also run two free beginners’ ballet workshops and two intermediate level ballet classes on 1 October, open to anyone over 18 years old. The closing date for applications is 18 September. To apply/for more details see

  • For your FREE tickets for Synergy, call 020 7591 4314*


Other dance events in Open Rehearsal Weekend include Akademi performances at Siobhan Davies Dance Studio and Ballet Central at the Central School of Ballet. More details

Jenna Lee, Artist of the Company, has choreographed the first dance film to be shot for High Definition (HD) television. Ballet Rocks is a short film featuring new choreography by Jenna Lee, set to the song Banquet by British band Bloc Party and with costumes by leading British fashion designer Giles Deacon. The film will premier on Artsworld HD, see TV listings

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