2015/16 Season Announcement

English National Ballet, winner of Outstanding Company at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, today announces its 2015/2016 season.

In April 2016, English National Ballet presents She Said, a new triple bill dedicated to female choreography at Sadler’s Wells. The programme includes three world premieres from, Aszure Barton, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Yabin Wang.

Of She Said Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: I have wanted to present an evening dedicated to female choreographers for some time now, and I am thrilled that these incredibly talented women, who are some of the most exciting creative voices working in dance today, are coming to share their work with the Company. I have been following Aszure, Annabelle and Yabin’s careers for a while and I am delighted that they are each going to create new work for English National Ballet.

Barton’s credits include some of the world’s best dance companies and artists, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Sydney Dance Company. Lopez Ochoa has created work for a number of companies around the world. Her version of A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet won the South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Production, the Critic’s Circle National Dance Award for Best Classical Choreography, and was nominated for an Olivier Award. Wang has created a number of works for her own Company, Yabin & her Friends, as well as internationally renowned choreographers including Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who said of Wang, “I am not only amazed by her versatility as an accomplished young dancer, choreographer and producer, but I am also impressed by her creative ideas and unrelenting pursuit of arts.”

Originally commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, Lest We Forget returns to London with performances at Sadler’s Wells (8 – 12 September), and tours to Milton Keynes (20 October), and Manchester (24 November). Featuring works from three British choreographers; Akram Khan’s Dust, winner of Best Modern Choreography at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards, looks at the empowerment of women in war and how women became the main workforce in the country; Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath is about the sacrifice of men in war; and No Man’s Land by Liam Scarlett, explores relationships in war and the loss and longing felt by women left behind by their partners.

Last year just under 50,000 people saw an English National Ballet performance on its Autumn tour. This year alongside Lest We Forget, the Company’s Autumn 2015 national tour includes Rudolf Nureyev’s award-winning Romeo & Juliet,  which tours to Bristol (14 – 17 October), Milton Keynes (22 – 23 October), Southampton (28 – 31 October), and Manchester (26 – 28 November).

Of the Autumn tour, Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet said: “Taking world-class ballet to audiences outside of London is something I think is truly important, and I am very proud that this season we will present both full scale ballets and new works. We cannot wait to take Lest We Forget, our award-winning triple bill created to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, to audiences in Milton Keynes and Manchester; as well as our critically acclaimed production Le Corsaire, and Rudolf Nureyev’s beautiful Romeo & Juliet, to audiences up and down the country.

English National Ballet’s critically acclaimed production Le Corsaire, makes a welcome return to the stage with performances in Liverpool (18 – 21 November) and at the London Coliseum (13 – 24 January 2016). The only UK Company to perform the full work, English National Ballet will release Le Corsaire on DVD/Blu-ray with pre-order from 11am on Tuesday 17 March 2015, and to purchase from Monday 30 March 2015.

Following English National Ballet’s most successful Winter season on record, where over 105,000 people came to see Nutcracker and Swan Lake reaching a capacity of 94%, Nutcracker returns to the London Coliseum (16 December – 10 January), continuing the Company’s tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since its inception.

Raymond Gubbay and the Royal Albert Hall present Derek Deane’s Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall from the 1 – 12 June 2016. Set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score, played live by English National Ballet Philharmonic, this spectacular staging – the largest production of its kind in the world – features over 120 performers including 60 swans taking to the stage.

English National Ballet is committed to making ballet accessible to everyone. In partnership with the English National Ballet School, the My First Ballet series takes a popular ballet title and reworks it for an audience as young as three. Next season My First Ballet: Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet’s Associate Artist and graduate of the English National Ballet School, will premiere at the Peacock Theatre in London before going on a national tour.

In March 2016 Emerging Dancer returns for its seventh year. The competition remains vital to the development of English National Ballet’s younger dancers as the competing dancers perform in front of a panel of eminent judges. The 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.

Last year English National Ballet announced plans to increase its international touring, which continues into next season with performances in Madrid and Barcelona. Upon invitation from the Paris Opera Ballet, the Company will also take Le Corsaire to the Palais Garnier in June 2016.