Ten reasons to see Ecstasy and Death

1.    It’s three ballets for the price of one and tickets start at just £10.

2.    There is something for everyone, from classical ballet in tutus and pointe shoes to modern choreography in bare feet and even a narrative work.

3.    Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, Etudes and Petite Mort are the ballets Tamara Rojo chose for her first season as English National Ballet Artistic Director.

4.    Etudes has been performed by English National Ballet since 1955 and is an ecstatic showcase for the entire company, showing off stunning technique and bravura tricks.

5.    The casting is amazing, with international stars Tamara Rojo, Nicolas Le Riche, Ivan Putrov, Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov all performing.

6.    As well as incredible principal dancers, you can also see some of English National Ballet’s younger talents onstage, including Ksenia Ovsyanick, Shiori Kase and Nancy Osbaldeston.

7.    Petite Mort means ‘little death’ but choreographer Kylian gave it that title because in France, it is considered a little death when you reach orgasm.

8.    The music for all three works is stunning – by Czerny, Mozart and Bach.

9.    Le Jeune Homme et la Mort is such a great ballet that the last time English National Ballet performed it, in 2011, Russian star dancer Ivan Vasiliev danced the lead role for free.

10.  Company dancer Joshua McSherry-Gray posted on Twitter this week that it’s a “spectacular triple bill” that will “blow your socks off”!

Photography by Patrick Baldwin

Laura Dodge