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English National Ballet announces details of its 2022-2023 Season.

With classic revivals, world-premieres and contemporary masterpieces, the 2022-2023 Season has something for everyone.

This autumn, we’re thrilled to make a return to UK touring. We open the season with Derek Deane’s timeless production of Swan Lake in Liverpool and Manchester, and in Bristol and Southampton, we perform Tamara Rojo’s Raymonda outside of London for the first time.

Our popular Christmas season at the London Coliseum will feature Wayne Eagling’s beloved Nutcracker, alongside Swan Lake as a sumptuous January treat.

With their huge cast of dancers, and the English National Ballet Philharmonic playing live, these stunning productions showcase the scale, talent and quality that audiences have come to expect from us. We look forward to bringing them to the stage and enchanting dance lovers across the country.

Tickets for Swan Lake, Raymonda and Nutcracker go on general sale from Thursday 17 March, with Friends of English National Ballet enjoying priority booking from Monday 14 March.

English National Ballet’s Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo CBE said:

“This is a Season that truly celebrates the great tradition of classical ballet alongside the innovation and creativity of contemporary repertoire. English National Ballet is committed to bringing world class ballet to the widest possible audience and so I am particularly delighted to return to UK touring – we can’t wait to perform for audiences at our partner venues around the country.”

Take Five Blues
English National Ballet in Stina Quagebeur's Take Five Blues © Laurent Liotardo

We’re extremely proud that world-renowned Swedish dancemaker Mats Ek will choreograph a new work for the Company in November – his first for ENB. This world premiere will be part of an exhilarating triple bill at Sadler’s Wells in London.

The programme includes William Forsythe’s Blake Works I, where dazzling solos, duets and intricate group formations reflect the poetic melodies and music of James Blake.

Completing the programme is an expanded version of Associate Choreographer Stina Quagebeur’s Take Five Blues. Her piece originated as a dance film in 2020, and was first seen on stage last year. This joyous exploration of contemporary jazz and classical music will be extended to a longer one-act ballet for 2022.

Tickets will go on sale in spring 2022.

Tamara Rojo CBE said:

“It is a huge honour and a privilege to have Mats Ek create a new work on the Company. He is a master choreographer with a long history of impactful and imaginative works, and I can’t wait to see him create closely with our dancers.”

In the spring, Creature by Akram Khan, which recently received standing ovations in Chicago, will return to Sadler’s Wells in London. Alongside this, our Emerging Dancer competition will celebrate the talent of tomorrow’s stars whilst recognising the excellence of artists across the Company.

Further information on plans for Spring/Summer 2023 will be announced soon.

Finally, Akram Khan’s Giselle continues its incredible journey with an international tour to France and Austria. This powerful and heartbreaking production will be performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris (in October 2022) and at Festspielhaus St. Pölten in Austria (in February 2023).