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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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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

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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

Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frost-covered, gas-lit London and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family. Liverpool Empire 20 Nov 2013 -- 23 Nov 2013 London Coliseum 11 Dec 2013 -- 5 Jan 2014 www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker

Le Corsaire: Trailer

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. ***** "...a roaring success" Clement Crisp, Financial Times Milton Keynes Theatre 17 -- 19 Oct 2013 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 22 -- 26 Oct 2013 New Theatre, Oxford 30 Oct -- 2 Nov 2013 Bristol Hippodrome 26 -- 30 Nov 2013 London Coliseum 9 -- 19 Jan 2014 Palace Theatre Manchester 11 Feb -- 15 Feb 2014 Discover more about Le Corsaire and book tickets now online at www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire **** "The spectacle -- as realised by the superb designs of Bob Ringwood -- is stunning" Laura Thompson, Daily Telegraph [Read Review] **** "Le Corsaire is all about dancing fireworks...the company as a whole was in a mood to party." Debra Craine, The Times **** "if you've never been to a ballet, trust me, this is the place to start." Luke Jennings, The Observer Generously supported by Alfa Bank, Swarvoski, Le Corsaire appeal donors and the New Commissioning Fund. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Le Corsaire Poetry Challenge

If you're an aspiring writer, have a passion for ballet or just fancy trying something new, join the Young Poets Network and be in with a chance of winning our Le Corsaire writing challenge. Discover more and register online today at www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk

Le Corsaire: a sumptuous new production

English National Ballet's sumptuous new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is coming to a theatre near you soon. 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. Milton Keynes Theatre 17 -- 19 Oct 2013 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 22 -- 26 Oct 2013 New Theatre, Oxford 30 Oct -- 2 Nov 2013 Bristol Hippodrome 26 -- 30 Nov 2013 London Coliseum 9 -- 19 Jan 2014 Palace Theatre Manchester 11 Feb -- 15 Feb 2014 Discover more about Le Corsaire and book tickets now online at www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire

Le Corsaire: an epic pirate adventure

English National Ballet will premiere a sumptuous new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate), one of the great 19th Century classics, in October 2013. English National Ballet's Artistic Director and Lead Principal Tamara Rojo provides a brief insight to what makes this a production not to be missed. Milton Keynes Theatre 17 - 19 Oct 2013 Mayflower Theatre, Southampton 22 - 26 Oct 2013 New Theatre, Oxford 30 Oct - 2 Nov 2013 Bristol Hippodrome 26 - 30 Nov 2013 London Coliseum 9 - 19 Jan 2014 Palace Theatre Manchester 11 Feb - 15 Feb 2014 Discover more about Le Corsaire and book tickets now online at www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire Film by Laurent Liotardo

Le Corsaire - Pirate Ship Tutorial

Make your own Le Corsaire inspired Pirate Ship using only a cereal box or a piece of paper. Decorate and personalise your Pirate Ship in any way you choose. Download the full instructions and templates for free at www.ballet.org.uk/learning/lecorsaire alongside tutorials for a Pirate Hat and Treasure Chest. As part of English National Ballet's and the Poetry Society's Le Corsaire Resource Pack for Schools. Tutorials created by thegluegungirl.com

Le Corsaire - Production Appeal

English National Ballet will premiere a new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate), one of the great 19th Century classics, in October 2013. Staging a new production is a colossal undertaking requiring armies of talented makers, technicians and artists. Without the generosity of our donors, audiences and sponsors, we would not be able to produce work of this scale. English National Ballet's Artistic Director / Lead Principal Tamara Rojo and Costume/Set Designer Bob Ringwood provide an exciting insight in to the making of this epic pirate adventure. Please help support English National Ballet's new production of Le Corsaire by donating generously. Find out more about our production appeal and the exclusive benefits of donating at www.ballet.org.uk/productionappeal

A Tribute to Rudolph Nureyev - In Rehearsal

English National Ballet rehearsing Petrushka, Song of a Wayfarer and Raymonda Act III as part of an evening of three works dedicated to Rudolf Nureyev at the London Coliseum this Summer. A Tribute to Rudolf Nureyev opens at the London Coliseum on 25 July until 27 July 2013. For more information and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk/nureyev Film by: Laurent Liotardo

Big Dance Pledge 2013 - Performance at Lyric Sq, Hammersmith

The Big Dance Pledge 2013 hopes to build on the excitement and positivity created by Big Dance 2012 and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This year's Pledge, created by English National Ballet artists Laura Harvey (Creative Associate) and Jenna Lee (Soloist), is set to an original soundtrack created by DJ Danilo Walde.

In Rehearsal: Swan Lake in-the-round

Take a closer look at English National Ballet as they rehearse for Swan Lake in-the-round at 3 Mills Studios. This behind-the-scenes film includes Lauretta Summerscales as she takes on the infamous role of Odette/Odile and provides an insight into what it really takes to stage this unrivalled spectacle. Swan Lake in-the-round opens at the Royal Albert Hall on 12 June until 23 June 2013. For more information and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk/swanlake Film by: Laurent Liotardo

Big Dance Pledge - English National Ballet

The Big Dance Pledge 2013 hopes to build on the excitement and positivity created by Big Dance 2012 and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Our hope is that this year's Pledge will encourage and motivate people across the UK and the world to make dance a bigger and more enriching part of their lives. Find out more at http://www.ballet.org.uk/learning/big-dance

Choreographics - A Letter to...

English National Ballet's dancers turn choreographers when five of them get a chance to create ballets in collaboration with students from the Royal College of Music who provide the music. The finished pieces will be performed by English National Ballet artists to music recorded by students of the Royal College of Music at The Place, London. 3 - 4 May 2013 The Place, London Tickets from £12 (£8) http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/choreographics-letter/ Choreographers: Anton Lukovkin, Makoto Nakamura, Stina Quagebeur, Fabian Reimar and Tamarin Stott. Composers: Andrew Baldwin, Ryan Cockerham, Gerardo Gozzi, Laurence Osborn and Raquel Garcia Tomas. Film by: Laurent Liotardo Music by: Ryan Cockerham

My First Cinderella Promo

My First Cinderella tells everyone's favourite rags-to-riches story in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. My First Cinderella is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet's Associate Artist and graduate of English National Ballet School. For more information about the production and upcoming performances visit www.ballet.org.uk

My First Cinderella Cast Interviews

Interviews with the dancers from My First Cinderella, which is performed by English National Ballet School students. My First Cinderella is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet's Associate Artist and graduate of English National Ballet School. For more information about the production and upcoming performances visit www.ballet.org.uk Interviewees: Daniela Oddi, Mlindi Kulashe, Gretel Palfrey

Ecstasy & Death

Join us for an evening of three contrasting 20th century ballets of magnificent choreography that features a stellar cast including Tamara Rojo and Nicolas Le Riche. Don't miss your chance to witness English National Ballet's stylistic versatility, technical brilliance and flair in this must-see kaleidoscope of work. Ecstasy & Death Petite Mort / Le Jeune Homme et la Mort / Etudes 18 - 21 April 2013 London Coliseum Tickets from £10 www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/ecstasy-and-death Credits Dancers: Tamara Rojo and Fabian Reimair

My First Cinderella Trailer

My First Cinderella tells everyone's favourite rags-to-riches story in a beautifully adapted version for young audiences. My First Cinderella is choreographed by George Williamson, English National Ballet's Associate Artist and graduate of English National Ballet School. For more information about the production and upcoming performances visit www.ballet.org.uk

Emerging Dancer - Nathan Young

Emerging Dancer Competition is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. Meet finalist Nathan Young. 4 March 2013 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre Book your tickets at 0844 875 0073 or http://bit.ly/UDQfZ6 http://www.ballet.org.uk Film by Laurent Liotardo. Music by Annick Ozier Lafontaine Music by Szymon Brzoska, commissioned by New Movement Collective for the production of Casting Traces.

Emerging Dancer - Guilherme Menezes

Emerging Dancer Competition is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. Meet finalist Guilherme Menezes. 4 March 2013 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre Book your tickets at 0844 875 0073 or http://bit.ly/UDQfZ6 http://www.ballet.org.uk Film by Laurent Liotardo. Music by Annick Ozier Lafontaine Music by Szymon Brzoska, commissioned by New Movement Collective for the production of Casting Traces.

Emerging Dancer - Nancy Osbaldeston

Emerging Dancer Competition is an annual competition for English National Ballet to recognise and nurture talent and encourage excellence in the Company. Meet finalist Nancy Osbaldeston. 4 March 2013 - Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre Book your tickets at 0844 875 0073 or http://bit.ly/UDQfZ6 http://www.ballet.org.uk Film by Laurent Liotardo. Music by Annick Ozier Lafontaine

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