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English National Ballet in Pina Bausch's The Rite of Spring.© Laurent Liotardo. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Hans van Manen bill – London

★★★★★   One cannot help but observe that while the programmes of other companies both hit and miss, in terms of their critical appreciation and popular appeal, ENB is continually raising the bar…

Alina Cojocaru and Cesar Corrales in Nutcracker.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Nutcracker – London

★★★✰✰   For all the recent innovations that Tamara Rojo has brought to the English National Ballet, including three stunning full-evening programmes of her own devising, the Nutcracker is still the heart of every season…

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat in Nutcracker.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Nutcracker

Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Shiori Kase and Cesar Corrales in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – The Nutcracker – London

English National Ballet has been dancing this ever-popular Russian classic in various guises each holiday season for the past 50 years, delighting audiences and inspiring youngsters…

Alina Cojocaru and James Forbat in Liam Scarlett's No Man's Land.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget bill – London

Scarlett has somewhat adapted his No Man’s Land since its first season, down-playing the munitions factory in which the women work…

Tamara Rojo and James Streeter in Akram Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet in Lest We Forget bill

Works by Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett, Gallery by Dave Morgan.

Tiffany Hedman and Daniel Kraus in Morgann Runacre-Temple's Give My Love to The Sunrise.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2015 – London

Of the three Choreographics evenings to date I thought this was the best, with all the pieces feeling buffed-up, thought about and nobody making a huge wrong turn.

Adela Ramirez and Juan Rodriguez in James Streeter's A Touch For Eternity.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet’s Choreographics evening 2015

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

James Forbat and Ksenia Ovsyanick in Jiri Kylian's Petite Mort.© Foteini Christofilopoulou. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – English National Ballet’s Modern Masters bill, works by Forsythe, Kylian & Neumeier

ENB Modern Masters: William Forsythe’s ‘In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated’, John Neumeier’s ‘Spring and Fall’ and Jiri Kylian’s ‘Petite Mort’. Gallery by Foteini Christofilopoulou…

Nancy Osbaldeston and Guilherme Menezes in Stina Quagebeur's Vera.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Choreographics 2014 – London

All up this was a solid night and a good complement to ENB’s ‘Lest We Forget’ (WW1) bill that was so recently on the main Barbican stage. But I hope that next year they return to a more open choice on what choreographers can do and also concentrate on choreography rather than include musical soiree interludes.

Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza in the pas de deux from Esmeralda.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Emerging Dancer Competition – 2014 Winners Announced

“Super – absolutely spot on” I thought when Tamara Rojo announced Alison McWhinney and Junor Souza as joint winners of the company’s Emerging Dancer Competition.

Akram Khan and ENB dancers in Khan's Dust.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Lest We Forget: No Man’s Land, Second Breath, Dust, Firebird – London

Dust is a resounding success for Khan as creator, Rojo as artistic director and both as performers.

Nicolas Le Riche and Tamara Rojo in Le jeune homme et la mort.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

English National Ballet – Ecstasy and Death bill – London

Rojo has declared that her ambition as artistic director of ENB is to make audiences hold their breath. I certainly did during Le Jeune Homme et la Mort…

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