Image: Tamara Rojo in Song of The Earth by Kenneth MacMillan. Courtesy of The Royal Ballet. Johan Persson, Royal Opera House.

We’re pleased to announce our 2017 – 2018 autumn/winter season.

This autumn sees two works new to English National Ballet’s repertoire, Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s masterwork, Song of the Earth and Frank Andersen’s La Sylphide, performed on tour at the Manchester Palace Theatre, Milton Keynes Theatre, and at the London Coliseum where Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort is also revived.

Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo CBE said:

I am so pleased that next season we are able to present the masterpiece Song of the Earth in this anniversary year of Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

“Song of the Earth is a great example of MacMillan’s choreographic style. Influenced by the original Chinese poems that Mahler used to create the score, we can see how MacMillan used these delicate movements to form part of the dramatic choreography. This incredibly moving work is a wonderful vehicle for the extremely talented dancers in the company, and I can’t wait for our audiences to see them perform it next season.”

Tamara Rojo in Song of the Earth, photo courtesy of The Royal Ballet
Tamara Rojo in Song of The Earth by Kenneth MacMillan. Courtesy of The Royal Ballet. Johan Persson, Royal Opera House.

First performed in 1965, MacMillan’s choreography for Song of the Earth was different from anything he had previously devised. Featuring three central figures, a Woman, a Man, and a Messenger, this powerful, moving exploration of life, death, and renewal is set to Mahler’s song cycle, Das Lied von der Erde, performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic. These performances of Song of the Earth coincide with the 25th anniversary of MacMillan’s death.

La Sylphide, performed by Czech National Ballet.

Devised by one of the world´s leading producers of Bournonville ballets, Frank Andersen’s faithful version of the 1830s Romantic ballet La Sylphide sees James wake from a dream on the morning of his wedding to Effy to encounter a mysterious sylphide before him, setting off a fateful sequence of events. This is the first time Andersen’s La Sylphide has been performed in the UK.

Nicolas Le Riche in Le Jeune Homme et la Mort © Laurent Liotardo

Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort follows a young man compelled by love for a cruel mistress. He desperately waits for her but when she finally arrives, it is to torment him. Distraught and confused, the young man succumbs to his despair. English National Ballet last performed Jeune Homme in 2013, as part of its Ecstasy and Death programme.

Stina Quagebeur, Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernandez in Akram Khan's Giselle © Laurent Liotardo

Following its sold out, critically acclaimed run last year, Akram Khan’s Giselle returns this autumn with performances at the Liverpool Empire Theatre and as previously announced at Sadler’s Wells. Hailed as “a masterpiece of 21st century dance” (Mail on Sunday), Khan’s Giselle is one of a community of migrant workers cast out of their jobs in a condemned garment factory. Last season over 40,000 people saw Akram Khan’s reimagined Giselle performed on tour.

Alina Cojocaru and Isaac Hernandez in Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet. © Bill Cooper

The world’s greatest love story, Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo & Juliet returns this autumn with performances at the Bristol Hippodrome. Featuring inventive and passionate choreography, and set to Prokofiev’s famous score, performed live by the English National Ballet Philharmonic, these performances mark the 40thanniversary of the production, which was originally created for English National Ballet in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.

Jeanette Kakareka and Artists of the Company in Nutcracker. © Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet had its most successful Nutcracker run on record last season, when over 99,000 people came to see the production. As previously announced, this year sees Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker tour to the Mayflower Theatre Southampton before returning to the London Coliseum, continuing the Company’s tradition of presenting a Nutcracker production each year since 1950.

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