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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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Nutcracker: Trailer

Over 100 dancers and musicians bring Nutcracker to life with exquisite dancing, beautiful sets and Tchaikovsky’s glorious score played live. 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. . From the sound of the orchestra tuning up, to the final bows and cheers, a trip to English National Ballet’s Nutcracker in the splendour of the London Coliseum is an unforgettable Christmas treat. London Coliseum 16 Dec 2015 – 10 Jan 2016 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker

Le Corsaire: Trailer

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) follows the escapades of a dashing pirate, Conrad, who journeys across the high seas to save his beautiful harem girl, Medora. It is a swashbuckling fantasy tale of captive maidens and cutthroats, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet. This extravagant and exhilarating production enthralled audiences and received rave reviews when it premiered in 2013. Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, with the breath-taking sets by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood (Batman) and English National Ballet Philharmonic performing the sweeping, romantic score, Le Corsaire is an unmissable, entertaining adventure. Liverpool Empire 18 Nov 2015 – 21 Nov 2015 Box Office: 0844 871 3017 London Coliseum 13 Jan 2016 – 24 Jan 2016 Box Office: 020 7845 9300 Palais Garnier, Paris 21 Jun 2016 – 25 Jun 2016 Now On-Sale www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire

Lest We Forget: Trailer

A poignant reflection on World War I, Lest We Forget features three works expressing the experiences of those who fought the war, and those who stayed behind. Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land evokes the entwined destinies of the women working in munition factories at home and the men fighting in the trenches, through emotional pas de deux set to a score by Liszt. Twenty dancers tilt and sway in semi-darkness, rising and falling, in Second Breath, a “devastatingly effective” (Daily Telegraph) piece by Russell Maliphant set to recordings of survivors and live orchestra. With “dancing full of pain and power” (Independent), a pounding soundtrack and atmospheric lighting, Akram Khan’s Dust grabs you from the start and does not let go. It won the Best Modern Choreography prize at the 2014 Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. NATIONAL TOUR Sadler's Wells, London 8 Sep 2015 – 20 Oct 2015 Box Office: 0844 412 4300 Milton Keynes Theatre 20 Oct 2015 Box Office: 0844 871 7652 Palace Theatre Manchester 24 Nov 2015 Box Office: 0844 871 3019 www.ballet.org.uk/lestwegforget

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. London Coliseum 7 Jan 2015 – 18 Jan 2015 For more information and to book visit www.ballet.org.uk/swanlake

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A Sparkling Festive Season with English National Ballet

Join us this festive season for two sparkling ballets at the iconic London Coliseum. NUTCRACKER 11 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015 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. With iconic choreography and the Orchestra of English National Ballet performing Tchaikovsky’s soaring score (featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers), English National Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unmissable Christmas treat for the whole family. ★★★★★ “Dazzling” The Daily Telegraph www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker SWAN LAKE 7 Jan 2015 – 18 Jan 2015 The story of Prince Siegfried’s love for the Swan Queen Odette, their battle against the evil sorcerer, Rothbart, and a fateful encounter with the manipulative Odile is revealed in 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. ★★★★★ Financial Times www.ballet.org.uk/swanlake

My First Ballet: Swan Lake Trailer

Swan Lake is the latest of the classics to be recreated for young children in the My First Ballet series, the unique collaboration between English National Ballet and English National Ballet School . The performances are specially created to make classical ballet accessible and enjoyable to children from the age of three upwards. Following on the success of Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Coppélia , My First Ballet: Swan Lake is created by English National Ballet’s Associate Artist George Williamson n and performed by second year students from English National Ballet School. With a narrator to help the young audience follow the story, and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music, this is the perfect way to introduce children to classical ballet. NATIONAL TOUR Peacock Theatre, London 2 Apr 2015 – 12 Apr 2015 From £10 Lighthouse, Poole 18 Apr 2015 – 19 Apr 2015 New Victoria Theatre, Woking 25 Apr 2015 – 26 Apr 2015 Palace Theatre Manchester 2 May 2015 – 3 May 2015 Bristol Hippodrome 9 May 2015 – 10 May 2015 New Wimbledon Theatre 15 May 2015 – 16 May 2015 Curve Theatre, Leicester 22 May 2015 – 23 May 2015 Discover more and book online at www.ballet.org.uk/myfirst/swanlake

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. Join English National Ballet this winter for this sparkling family ballet at the iconic London Coliseum. London Coliseum 11 Dec 2014 – 4 Jan 2015 ★★★★★ “Dazzling” The Daily Telegraph “Christmas-card perfect” The Guardian Discover more and book online at www.ballet.org.uk/nutcracker

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

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

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