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English National Ballet

English National Ballet is England’s leading touring classical ballet company. Our funding supports core costs.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £6,100,403
  • 2013-2014: £6,240,713
  • 2014-2015: £6,408,441

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Dance Journeys: Performance

Commemorating the First World War: inspired by Akram Khan’s work for Lest We Forget, Dance Journeys was an initiative that shifted young people’s perceptions of classical dance forms through the experience of creating new dance work. The project culminated in a live dance performance and short film by young people from two west London schools, Hammersmith Academy and Capital City Academy premiered on 11 April 2014 on the main stage at Barbican, London. Find out more at www.ballet.org.uk/dancejourneys Generously supported by John Lyon’s Charity

Dance Journeys: Making Of

Commemorating the First World War: inspired by Akram Khan’s work for Lest We Forget, Dance Journeys was an initiative that shifted young people’s perceptions of classical dance forms through the experience of creating new dance work. The project culminated in a live dance performance and short film by young people from two west London schools, Hammersmith Academy and Capital City Academy. This short 'making of' film was made by students who documented the rehearsal process and it was premiered as part of the live performance on 11 April 2014 on the main stage at Barbican, London. Find out more at www.ballet.org.uk/dancejourneys Film by: HA Digital Studios Generously supported by John Lyon’s Charity

Swan Lake: In Rehearsal

A week behind-the-scenes in rehearsal at Markova House for English National Ballet’s acclaimed production of Swan Lake. Beloved for its exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, played by the Orchestra of English National Ballet, this Swan Lake is a thrill for the dedicated ballet fan or first-time ballet-goer. National Tour Palace Theatre Manchester 8 Oct 2014 – 11 Oct 2014 0844 871 3019 Milton Keynes Theatre 11 Nov 2014 – 15 Nov 2014 Liverpool Empire 18 Nov 2014 – 22 Nov 2014 London Coliseum 7 Jan 2015 – 18 Jan 2015 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/swanlake

Coppelia: Trailer

Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a lovers' tiff. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers' marriage. Coppélia is an enchanting, effervescent family ballet, perfect for young and old alike. Delibes's irresistibly melodic score is performed the Orchestra of English National Ballet. UK TOUR The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 15 Oct 2014 – 18 Oct 2014 New Theatre, Oxford 28 Oct 2014 – 1 Nov 2014 Bristol Hippodrome 4 Nov 2014 – 8 Nov 2014 For more information and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk/coppelia

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Swan Lake: Trailer

English National Ballet’s five-star production of Swan Lake provides an unforgettable experience of romance and drama. Exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, played by the Orchestra of English National Ballet, make this the perfect version of the much loved ballet whether for the first-time ballet-goer or the dedicated fan. UK TOUR Palace Theatre Manchester 8 Oct 2014 – 11 Oct 2014 0844 871 3019 Milton Keynes Theatre 11 Nov 2014 – 15 Nov 2014 Liverpool Empire 18 Nov 2014 – 22 Nov 2014 London Coliseum 7 Jan 2015 – 18 Jan 2015 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/swanlake

Big Dance Pledge 2014: Greenside Primary School

Once again English National Ballet joined in the celebration of dance in 2014 and led a performance of the Big Dance Pledge this year at Westfield London. This special 5th edition of the Big Dance Pledge was created by Scottish Ballet as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme of the XX Commonwealth Games. Featuring: Greenside Primary School

Big Dance Pledge 2014: Schools and Community Performance

Once again English National Ballet joined in the celebration of dance in 2014 and led a performance of the Big Dance Pledge this year at Westfield London. This special 5th edition of the Big Dance Pledge was created by Scottish Ballet as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme of the XX Commonwealth Games. Featuring: 2. Open Age, Quicksilver – Rambert’s Youth Dance Company, G2 and Young Movers – Rambert’s youth dance groups, West London School of Dance and Young Dancers Academy, Hammersmith Academy, ENB Evening Class Participants, London 2012 Volunteers, Individuals from across west London

Romeo & Juliet in-the-round: In Rehearsal

Performed by a huge company of 120 dancers, actors and swordfighters, this is a breathtaking staging of Shakespeare's timeless classic. This acclaimed production brings to life all the emotions of the world's greatest love story, from the majestic sweep of the masked ball to the passion and intimacy of the lovers' balcony scene. Take a look behind-the-scenes as the Company rehearse for this epic production in-the-round. 11 - 22 June 2014 Royal Albert Hall, London www.ballet.org.uk/romeoandjuliet #ENBRomeoandJuliet Film: Laurent Liotardo

Choreographics 2014

After sell-out shows at The Place, Choreographics is back. Four English National Ballet dancers have the opportunity to choreograph new ballets. Under the direction of Associate Artist, George Williamson, the dancers will create works around a piece of text about the First World War. They will also be mentored by Dr Bruce Wall, Executive Director, London Shakespeare Workout / LSW Prison project. The finished pieces will be performed by the Company. The programme will be opened by the 2014 Choreographic Competition winner from English National Ballet School. 22 - 24 May 2014 The Pit, Barbican Find out more and book now online at www.ballet.org.uk/choreographics Film: Laurent Liotardo Generously supported by Jennifer and John Talbot

Emerging Dancer 2014: Joan Sebastian Zamora

Meet Joan Sebastian Zamora, Emerging Dancer 2014 finalist. Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fifth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow! Lyceum Theatre, London 19 May 2014 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/emergingdancer Film: Laurent Liotardo Music by Szymon Brzoska, commissioned by New Movement Collective for the production of Casting Traces. Generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.

Emerging Dancer 2014: Junor Souza

Meet Junor Souza, Emerging Dancer 2014 finalist. Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fifth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow! Lyceum Theatre, London 19 May 2014 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/emergingdancer Film: Laurent Liotardo Music: Matthew Stevens Generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.

Emerging Dancer 2014: Madison Keesler

Meet Madison Keesler, Emerging Dancer 2014 finalist. Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fifth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow! Lyceum Theatre, London 19 May 2014 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/emergingdancer Film: Laurent Liotardo Music: Matthew Stevens Generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.

Emerging Dancer 2014: Senri Kou

Meet Senri Kou, Emerging Dancer 2014 finalist. Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fifth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow! Lyceum Theatre, London 19 May 2014 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/emergingdancer Film: Laurent Liotardo Music: Matthew Stevens Generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.

Emerging Dancer 2014: Vitor Menezes

Meet Vitor Menezes, Emerging Dancer 2014 finalist. Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fifth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow! Lyceum Theatre, London 19 May 2014 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/emergingdancer Film: Laurent Liotardo Music: Matthew Stevens Generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.

Emerging Dancer 2014: Alison McWhinney

Meet Alison McWhinney, Emerging Dancer 2014 finalist. Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fifth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow! Lyceum Theatre, London 19 May 2014 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/emergingdancer Film: Laurent Liotardo Music: Matthew Stevens Generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.

Emerging Dancer 2014: Trailer

The Emerging Dancer Competition, now in its fifth year, is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. Experience the excitement of seeing young talent thrive in the live final as the six Emerging Dancer finalists perform two solos in front of an eminent panel of expert judges. This is a fantastic opportunity to see extraordinary talent flourish in an intimate venue. The search is on for the stars of tomorrow! Lyceum Theatre, London 19 May 2014 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/emergingdancer Film: Laurent Liotardo Music: Matthew Stevens Generously supported by Talbot Hughes McKillop, the restructuring experts.

My First Ballet: Coppélia - Cast Interviews

Interviews with the dancers from My First Ballet: Coppélia, which is performed by English National Ballet School students. Interviewees: Olivia Lindon, Archie Sullivan, Jordan Boutista My First Ballet: Coppélia is a comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll, and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks that his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a lovers' tiff. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers' marriage. 5 Apr 2014 -- 25 May 2014 Shrewsbury, London, Manchester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Woking, Aylesbury and Bromley For more information and to book visit http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/my-first-ballet-coppelia/

My First Ballet: Coppélia - Trailer

My First Ballet: Coppélia is a comic family tale of an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll, and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks that his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in a lovers' tiff. Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers' marriage. My First Ballet: Coppélia is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet's Associate Artist, after by Ronald Hynd. The My First Ballet series brings young audiences their first taste of ballet through the magic of fairy tales, captivating music and beautiful dance. The ballets are danced by second year students of English National Ballet School in performances produced by English National Ballet. 5 Apr 2014 -- 25 May 2014 Shrewsbury, London, Manchester, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Woking, Aylesbury and Bromley For more information and to book visit http://www.ballet.org.uk/myfirst/coppelia Generously supported by The Leverhulme Trust and King's College London

Lest We Forget: Trailer

Witness English National Ballet like you've never seen them before at the Barbican Theatre in a programme marking the centenary of the First World War. Lest We Forget includes three new commissions by Akram Khan [Dust], Russell Maliphant [Second Breath] and Liam Scarlett [No Man's Land]. George Wiliamson's Firebird completes the programme. It promises to be a landmark event for the company and this trailer provides a preview of what to expect from this electrifying programme of work. 2 - 12 April 2014 Barbican Theatre, London For more information, exclusive content and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget Music: Jocelyn Pook [for Akram Khan's Dust]. Generously supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

Lest We Forget - In Rehearsal: a week behind-the-scenes

Take a look at a week behind-the-scenes in rehearsals for English National Ballet's first ever season at the Barbican Theatre for Lest We Forget - a new programme of works marking the centenary of the First World War. Lest We Forget includes three new commissions by Akram Khan [Dust], Russell Maliphant [Second Breath] and Liam Scarlett [No Man's Land]. George Wiliamson's Firebird completes the programme. 2 - 12 April 2014 Barbican Theatre, London For more information, exclusive content and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget Film: Laurent Liotardo Music: Jocelyn Pook [for Akram Khan's Dust]. Generously supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

Pointe Shoe Appeal

What our dancers wear on their feet is essential to their craft. The correct footwear enables them to perform at their absolute best. Female dancers can go through up to three pairs of pointe shoes in just on performance of a full-length ballet. Please help us keep our dancers moving and performing to audiences around the UK and beyond by generously donating towards our Pointe Shoe Appeal. Whatever the size of your gift it will be put to work straight away. For more information and to donate visit www.ballet.org.uk/pointeshoeappeal Dancer: Nancy Osbaldeston

Lest We Forget: Trailer

Award-winning British contemporary choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and classical ballet choreographer Liam Scarlett have each been commissioned to create new works to reflect the moving and powerful impact of the First World War. The programme is completed by George Williamson's re-worked Firebird set to the commanding Stravinsky score. This is the first time that Khan and Maliphant have collaborated with a classical ballet company in creating work that fuses the classical ballet traditions with modern contemporary dance. Barbican Theatre, London 2 - 12 April 2014 For more information and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk/lestweforget Film by: Laurent Liotardo Music by: Matthew Stevens Dancer: Anton Lukovkin Generously supported by J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust

Le Corsaire: In Rehearsal

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a thrilling ballet about Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, a beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breathtaking spectacles in ballet. Take a look behind-the-scenes as the Company rehearse for this epic production. London Coliseum 9 -- 19 Jan 2014 Palace Theatre Manchester 11 Feb -- 15 Feb 2014 ***** "...a roaring success" Clement Crisp, Financial Times Discover more about Le Corsaire and book tickets now online at www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire Film by: Laurent Liotardo Generously supported by Alfa Bank, Swarvoski, Le Corsaire appeal donors and the New Commissioning Fund. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Nutcracker: Trailer

On a sparkling Christmas Eve in a frost-dusted Edwardian London, Clara and her enchanted Nutcracker doll discover a magical world, where she battles with the Mouse King and meets a handsome stranger. As the air grows colder, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across London to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins. London Coliseum 11 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015 www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker ★★★★★ “Dazzling” The Daily Telegraph ★★★★ The Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Metro

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