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Wayne Eagling Steping Down as English National Ballet AD

Wayne Eagling in the studio at ENB.  © Oliver Lim.
Wayne Eagling in the studio at ENB. © Oliver Lim.

Press statement
Monday 20 February 2012

English National Ballet announced today that Artistic Director Wayne Eagling will step down at the end of the season on 11 August 2012 as the Company’s Artistic Director.

During a tenure of what will be nearly seven years as Artistic Director at English National Ballet, Wayne has developed and enhanced the Company’s artistic standards and attracted new audiences to ballet. Wayne has been responsible for reinvigorating the Company’s repertoire, for introducing new works such as Michael Corder’s The Snow Queen (2007) and David Dawson’s Faun(e) (2009) and for reviving the works of Roland Petit and Serge Lifar. Wayne has been enthusiastic in encouraging the development of new choreographers. Wayne has also introduced his own works to the Company including Resolution (2008) and Men Y Men (2009) and created his hugely successful The Nutcracker (2010) especially for the Company.

John Talbot, Chairman, English National Ballet, said “On behalf of the Board of English National Ballet, I would like to thank Wayne Eagling for his outstanding contribution to the Company over the last seven years, a time of tremendous achievement for the Company. We look forward to working with him on many projects in the future.”

Wayne Eagling said: “It has been a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of dancers and ballet staff. The quality of performances, variety of repertoire, critical success and the innovate work of the Learning and Outreach programs over the last seven years makes me incredibly proud of English National Ballet.”

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