English National Ballet’s 2017 – 2018 Season

English National Ballet announces its 2017 – 2018 

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New work by William Forsythe commissioned for Voices of America

The Big Give Christmas Challenge is here once again and this time we need your help to produce a new masterpiece.

We have asked world-renowned, award-winning choreographer William Forsythe to create a new work for Voices of America at Sadler’s Wells this spring. This will be his first new piece for a British ballet company in over 20 years and we are very excited!

We are asking for your help to make this new work, by donating and spreading the word. Click here to find out more.

Your gift, whatever the size, will make a real difference and by donating during the Big Give Christmas Challenge (Tuesday 28 November – Tuesday 5 December) your donations will be doubled!

In supporting the creation of this bold and ambitious work, you will ensure we can continue our mission to evolve the artform, by creating the classics of tomorrow.

We are very grateful for all your support.

English National Ballet’s autumn tour which will see Song of the Earth performed in Manchester (11 – 14 Oct) and Milton Keynes (17 – 21 Oct), as part of a double bill alongside La Sylphide, and at the London Coliseum (9 – 20 Jan) where Roland Petite’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort is also revived.

Of Song of the Earth Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo CBE said: “I am so pleased that we are able to present the masterpiece Song of the Earth in this anniversary year of Sir Kenneth MacMillan.
“Song of the Earth is a great example of MacMillan’s choreographic style. Influenced by the original Chinese poems that Mahler used to create the score, we can see how MacMillan used these delicate movements to form part of the dramatic choreography. This incredibly moving work is a wonderful vehicle for the extremely talented dancers in the company, and I can’t wait for our audiences to see them perform it next season.”
English National Ballet performs Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s La Sylphide for the first time, with performances on tour and at the London Coliseum.

Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort returns with performances at the London Coliseum.

Akram Khan’s Giselle returns to London )review click here) and tours to Liverpool for the first time.

Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet returns to Bristol in its 40th anniversary year.

First performed in 1965, MacMillan’s choreography for Song of the Earth was different from anything he had previously devised. Featuring three central figures, a Woman, a Man, and a Messenger, this powerful, moving exploration of life, death, and renewal is set to Mahler’s song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. These performances of Song of the Earth coincide with the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death.

Devised by one of the world´s leading producers of Bournonville ballets, Frank Andersen’s faithful version of the 1830s Romantic ballet La Sylphide sees James wake from a dream on the morning of his wedding to Effy to encounter a mysterious sylphide before him, setting off a fateful sequence of events. This is the first time Andersen’s La Sylphide has been performed in the UK.

Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort follows a young man compelled by love for a cruel mistress. He desperately waits for her but when she finally arrives, it is to torment him. Distraught and confused, the young man succumbs to his despair. English National Ballet last performed Jeune Homme in 2013, as part of its Ecstasy and Death programme.

Following its sold out, critically acclaimed run last year, Akram Khan’s Giselle returns this autumn with performances at Sadler’s Wells and the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Hailed as “a masterpiece of 21st century dance” (Mail on Sunday), Khan’s Giselle is one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. Last season over 40,000 people saw Akram Khan’s reimagined Giselle performed on tour.

The world’s greatest love story, Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet returns this autumn with performances at the Bristol Hippodrome. Featuring inventive and passionate choreography, and set to Prokofiev’s famous score, performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, these performances mark the 40th anniversary of the production, which was originally created for English National Ballet in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

English National Ballet had its most successful Nutcracker run on record last season, when over 99,000 people came to see the production. This year sees Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker tour to the Mayflower Theatre Southampton before returning to the London Coliseum, continuing the Company’s tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950.

Winner of Outstanding Company at the 2016 Critics Circle National Dance Awards, last season English National Ballet performed to over 280,000 people across 176 performances in the UK. Its digital output saw a partnership with Sky and Factory 42 to create a ground-breaking VR experience, and video content for Akram Khan’s Giselle,which received over 6.5 million views.

English National Ballet is committed to presenting world-class ballet to the widest possible audience, and making the art form accessible to everyone. Last season over 20,000 tickets were available for £14 or less across every production in every venue.

Tickets go on sale to Friends of English National Ballet at 10am on Friday 10 March. General on sale is at10am on Monday 13 March.

For information on how to become a Friend of English National Ballet see www.ballet.org.uk/support-us 

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Sadler’s Wells
Wednesday 20 – Saturday 23 September 2017
For more information, see: http://giselle.ballet.org.uk

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide 

Manchester Palace Theatre
Wednesday 11 October – Saturday14 October 2017
For more information, see: www.ballet.org.uk/song-sylphide

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

Milton Keynes Theatre
Tuesday 17 October – Saturday 21 October 2017
For more information, see: www.ballet.org.uk/song-sylphide

Akram Khan’s Giselle

Liverpool Empire Theatre
Wednesday 25 October – Saturday 28 October 2017
For more information, see: http://giselle.ballet.org.uk

Romeo & Juliet

Bristol Hippodrome
Tuesday 21 November – Saturday 25th November 2017
For more information, see: www.ballet.org.uk/romeoandjuliet


Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
Wednesday 29 November – Saturday 2 December 2017
For more information, see: www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker


London Coliseum
Wednesday 13 December 2017 – Saturday 6 January 2018
For more information, see: www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker

Song of the Earth / La Sylphide

London Coliseum
Tuesday 9 January – Saturday 13 January 2018
For more information, see: www.ballet.org.uk/song-sylphide

Le Jeune Homme et la Mort / La Sylphide

London Coliseum
Tuesday 16 January – Saturday 20 January 2018
For more information, see: www.ballet.org.uk/jeune-sylphide

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