'Lest We Forget is both moving and ambitious...it’s dancing full of pain and power' Independent ⋆⋆⋆⋆
'Very strong and very smart, with this quartet of strongly-styled pieces' The Arts Desk ⋆⋆⋆⋆
'Ballets that ignite the repertoire with passion and reach' Times ⋆⋆⋆⋆
'It’s a brave and brilliant move from director Tamara Rojo' Evening Standard ⋆⋆⋆⋆
'Khan proves his stellar theatrical judgment - and considerable physical charisma' Stage
'Compelling quartet on war...a turning point in ENB's history' Guardian ⋆⋆⋆⋆
'Melancholic but thrillingly uplifting' Telegraph ⋆⋆⋆⋆
Award-winning British contemporary choreographers Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and up-and-coming classical ballet choreographer Liam Scarlett have each been commissioned to create new work to reflect the moving and powerful impact of the First World War on those setting off to fight and those left behind.
Khan’s work (Dust) explores the empowerment of women in the war whilst Maliphant’s will convey the sacrifice of the men in Second Breath . Scarlett’s work, called No Man's Land, explores the relationship between men and the women they leave behind – the loss and longing. 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.
The programme promises to be a landmark event in British Ballet appealing to contemporary dance audiences as well as ballet devotees.
‘This is a company Britain should be proud of’ Sunday Express
Find out more: the choreographers and Tamara Rojo talk about the new works here.
Check out images from the rehearsals here.
2 hours 50 mins/including 2 intervals
12 & 13 Apr
Take ballet class with an English National Ballet artist and explore Akram Khan's Lest We Forget choreography with Jose Agudo.
An illuminating discussion which focuses on the collaborative development process.
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English National Ballet is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England