News: Wayne Eagling to leave English National Ballet

Monday 20 February 2012 by Carmel Smith

English National Ballet have announced that their Artistic Director Wayne Eagling will leave the company at the end of the current season in August this year.
He has been with the company since 2005 and his departure comes just weeks after that of Managing Director Craig Hassall.

In a statement released by the company today he said: “It has been a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of dancers and ballet staff. The quality of performances, variety of repertoire, critical success and the innovate work of the Learning and Outreach programs over the last seven years makes me incredibly proud of English National Ballet.”

John Talbot, Chairman, English National Ballet, said “On behalf of the Board of English National Ballet, I would like to thank Wayne Eagling for his outstanding contribution to the Company over the last seven years, a time of tremendous achievement for the Company. We look forward to working with him on many projects in the future.”

Press links
Nick Clark, Independent, 21 Feb.12
Matthew Holehouse, Telegraph, 12 Feb.12

Judith Mackrell discusses the future of the English National Ballet and the dilemma of how to pursue a creative new repetoire whilst also having to balance the books “This year, the number-crunching has become brutal at ENB; the last round of cuts reduced the company’s funding by 15%.” Read the full article in, Guardian, 21 Feb.12

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