Taking inspiration from the ground-breaking spirit of Florence Nightingale and the women who supported the war effort in Crimea, Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, creates a new version of the classic story ballet, Raymonda.
★★★★ “A resounding triumph” Evening Standard
★★★★ “A triumph for Tamara Rojo” The Times
★★★★ “A modern classic” The Daily Telegraph
England, 1854. Raymonda runs away from her comfortable life to become a nurse in the Crimean War. There, she becomes engaged to a soldier, John, but soon develops feelings for his friend Abdur, a leader of the Ottoman army. As turmoil grows around and inside her, who will she give her heart to?
Starring a huge cast of dancers and a full orchestra, this lavish adaptation keeps the best of the 19th-century original – its glorious and sensuous score by Alexander Glazunov and the classical choreography of ballet genius Marius Petipa – and updates it with a dramatic new story.
Introducing a heroine in command of her own destiny, and celebrating the courage of nurses and women who fought for emancipation, this beautiful production is guaranteed to thrill, move and inspire.
The original Raymonda is very rarely performed in the UK, where no dance company performs it in its entirety. This highly-anticipated version marks Tamara Rojo’s debut in directing and choreographing, building on her illustrious career as dancer and artistic director.
A co-production between English National Ballet and Finnish National Opera and Ballet.
Production Partner: Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
UK Production Sponsor: Cunard
Nominated for the FEDORA VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2020
Main image – Dancers: Erina Takahashi and Isaac Hernandez. Photo © Jason Bell. Art Direction: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio
Tamara Rojo CBE
Renato Paroni de Castro
“A resounding triumph”
“A serene experience... bold in its rewrite”
“A triumph... a fascinating and often richly entertaining reboot”