2013/14 Season Announcement – Press Conference round up

English National Ballet’s artistic director Tamara Rojo today announced a thrilling new 2013/14 season for the Company at a Press Conference held at The Dorchester, London.

Le Corsaire
17 Oct 2013 – 15 Feb 2014, on tour
Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a ballet in three acts, with a libretto based on the poem The Corsair by Lord Byron. English National Ballet is the first UK Company to perform the complete work which showcases some of the most bravura male dancing in the ballet repertoire. Find out more and book tickets. .

Nutcracker
20 Nov 2013 – 5 Jan 2014, on tour
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without English National Ballet’s Nutcracker. The company has performed it every year since 1950. 2013 sees the return of Wayne Eagling’s version, created in 2010 to celebrate the Company’s 60th birthday. Find out more and book tickets. .

Lest We Forget
2 – 12 Apr 2014, Barbican Theatre
Award-winning British choreographers Akram Khan, Rusell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett create new works honouring the 100th anniversary of the Great War. Completing the programme is George Williamson’s Firebird. This is the first time that Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant have collaborated with a classical ballet company. Firmly rooted in the classical tradition are the younger choreographers, The Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett and English National Ballet’s own Associate Artist George Williamson.

My First Ballet: Coppélia
5 – 25 May 2014, on tour
After presenting My First Sleeping Beauty and My First Cinderella at the Peacock Theatre and at theatres around the country last year, ENB2 returns with its graduating dancers of outstanding potential from English National Ballet School. My First Ballet: Coppélia, based on Ronald Hynd’s original production, is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet’s Associate Artist.

Choreographics
English National Ballet’s platform for up-and-coming choreographers returns but will next year be opened up to welcome non-English National Ballet participants. Tamara Rojo said: “I want English National Ballet to build a tradition of nurturing the development of choreography and to open our doors to give other aspiring choreographers a platform alongside our own dancers.” Further details to be announced.

Emerging Dancer 2014 
Emerging Dancer Competition is an annual event for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture the phenomenal talent of its up-and-coming dancers. In this live final six emerging dancers perform in front of a panel of eminent judges. The Emerging Dancer Award winner is announced at the end of the evening together with the recipient of the People’s Choice Award, which is voted for by members of the public. Further details to be announced.

Romeo & Juliet in-the-round
11-22 Jun 2014, Royal Albert Hall
Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall present English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall in June, with Derek Deane’s breath-taking in-the-round production of Romeo & Juliet. Performed by a company of 120 dancers and actors this epic staging of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy is set in-the-round. Tamara also announced that she and Carlo Acosta, the great Cuban dancer, will reprise their famed partnership when they dance the lead roles Romeo and Juliet.

Coppélia
23 – 27 Jul 2014, London Coliseum
Coppélia, is the comic tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll. Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelikeCoppélia doll and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. English National Ballet’s time honoured production is choreographed by Ronald Hynd.

BOOKING

Friends’ Booking opens on 12 Jun 2013 and Public Booking opens on 19 Jun 2013. Become a Friend today to take advantage of priority booking. Romeo & Juliet open to everyone on 12 Jun 2013.