Reunion

Sadler's Wells, London
Approx. 80 minutes
No interval
Our return to the stage

English National Ballet returns to live performances with five works by renowned choreographers and rising talents.

Created and released as films during our critically acclaimed Digital Season in late 2020, these original pieces are performed live on stage for the first time.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui reimagines Laid in Earth as a “torn apart” quartet. It is set to Purcell’s famous aria from Dido and Aeneas – sung live by mezzo soprano Catherine Backhouse, as well as new electronic music composed by Olga Wojciechowska.

In Echoes, Russell Maliphant creates ever shifting choreography and uses light as an integral partner in the creative process. Collaborating with video artist Panagiotis Tomaras and with commissioned sound design by Dana Fouras, the result is mesmerising.

A former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, world-renowned choreographer Yuri Possokhov works with a UK company for the first time. His piece for four dancers, Senseless Kindness, is based on Vasily Grossman’s great novel, Life and Fate, about a Russian family caught in the Second World War, and set to Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No1.

In creating Take Five Blues, ENB Associate Choreographer Stina Quagebeur was inspired by Nigel Kennedy’s take on Bach in Vivace and his interpretation of Desmond’s Take Five, and the way in which contemporary jazz and classical music are uniquely married together. Her eight dancers play with the unexpected melodies and rhythms, feeding off each other’s energy in this high-spirited number that pushes past classical ballet’s rules and boundaries into new territories.

Arielle Smith’s Jolly Folly is like your favourite dance number in an old movie musical: fast-paced, surprising, and full of uncontainable energy. Driven by the Klazz Brothers’ latin-infused covers of Tchaikovsky, Strauss and Mozart, it will make you grin from ear to ear.

The music for Laid in Earth and Senseless Kindness is performed live by musicians of English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Performances will be to socially-distanced audiences, subject to UK Government guidance.

English National Ballet is an Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells.

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MEET THE PRINCIPAL CAST

See casting for all dates

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Shiori Kase

Katja Khaniukova

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Junor Souza

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Joseph Caley

Julia Conway

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Erik Woolhouse

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

CREATIVE TEAM

Laid in Earth

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui

Choreography

Jason Kittelberger

Assistant Choreographer

Dries Van Noten

Costume Design

Olga Wojciechowska

Electronic Music

Catherine Backhouse

Mezzo Soprano

Echoes

Russell Maliphant

Choreography and Lighting Design

Dana Fouras

Sound Design

Panagiotis Tomaras

Video Projections and Lighting Design

Stevie Stewart

Costume Design

Senseless Kindness

Yuri Possokhov

Choreography

Dmitri Shostakovich

Music

Federica Romano

Costume Design

Take Five Blues

Stina Quagebeur

Choreography

Johann Sebastian Bach

Music

Paul Desmond

Music

Stina Quagebeur

Costume Design

Jolly Folly

Arielle Smith

Choreographer

The Klazz Brothers

Music

Arielle Smith

Costume Design
PRESS English National Ballet in Jolly Folly, a film by Amy Becker-Burnett, choreographed by Arielle Smith © English National Ballet

Reviews


“A terrific return to the stage”
“Rubber-band bodies and a rush of energy”
“A magical mixed bill to welcome us back”

Credits

Meet the principal cast

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Sadler's Wells, Mon 17 May 2021, 7.30pm

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Shiori Kase

Katja Khaniukova

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Junor Souza

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Joseph Caley

Julia Conway

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Erik Woolhouse

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Tue 18 May 2021, 7.30pm

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Shiori Kase

Katja Khaniukova

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Junor Souza

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Joseph Caley

Julia Conway

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Erik Woolhouse

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Wed 19 May 2021, 2.30pm

Take Five Blues

Claire Barrett

Henry Dowden

Matei Hadrian Holeleu

Senri Kou

Victor Prigent

William Simmons

Eric Snyder

Emily Suzuki

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Joseph Caley

Noam Durand

Francesca Velicu

Senseless Kindness

Aitor Arrieta

Rebecca Blenkinsop

Natascha Mair

Skyler Martin

Echoes

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Amber Hunt

Chloe Keneally

Sarah Kundi

Van Le Ngoc

Lucinda Strachan

Jolly Folly

Alice Bellini

Ivana Bueno

Breanna Foad

Adriana Lizardi

Miguel Angel Maidana

Daniel McCormick

James Streeter

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Wed 19 May 2021, 7.30pm

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Shiori Kase

Katja Khaniukova

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Sarah Kundi

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Joseph Caley

Julia Conway

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Erik Woolhouse

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Tue 25 May 2021, 7.30pm

Take Five Blues

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Emma Hawes

Rentaro Nakaaki

Victor Prigent

Emily Suzuki

Angela Wood

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Joseph Caley

Noam Durand

Francesca Velicu

Senseless Kindness

Aitor Arrieta

Emma Hawes

Natascha Mair

Skyler Martin

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Junor Souza

Jolly Folly

Alice Bellini

Georgia Bould

Ivana Bueno

Breanna Foad

Miguel Angel Maidana

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Wed 26 May 2021, 7.30pm

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Katja Khaniukova

Senri Kou

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Sarah Kundi

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Julia Conway

Miguel Angel Maidana

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Erik Woolhouse

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Thu 27 May 2021, 2.30pm

Take Five Blues

Claire Barrett

Henry Dowden

Emma Hawes

Matei Hadrian Holeleu

Victor Prigent

William Simmons

Eric Snyder

Emily Suzuki

Laid in Earth

Joseph Caley

Noam Durand

Francesca Velicu

Anna-Babette Winkler

Senseless Kindness

Aitor Arrieta

Emma Hawes

Natascha Mair

Skyler Martin

Echoes

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Amber Hunt

Chloe Keneally

Sarah Kundi

Van Le Ngoc

Lucinda Strachan

Jolly Folly

Ivana Bueno

Emilia Cadorin

Julia Conway

Breanna Foad

Pedro Lapetra

Miguel Angel Maidana

Daniel McCormick

James Streeter

Sadler's Wells, Thu 27 May 2021, 7.30pm

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Shiori Kase

Katja Khaniukova

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Junor Souza

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Joseph Caley

Julia Conway

Pedro Lapetra

Miguel Angel Maidana

Ken Saruhashi

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Fri 28 May 2021, 7.30pm

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Shiori Kase

Katja Khaniukova

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Sarah Kundi

Fernanda Oliveira

Fabian Reimair

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Joseph Caley

Julia Conway

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Erik Woolhouse

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Sat 29 May 2021, 2.30pm

Take Five Blues

Claire Barrett

Henry Dowden

Emma Hawes

Matei Hadrian Holeleu

Victor Prigent

William Simmons

Eric Snyder

Emily Suzuki

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Joseph Caley

Noam Durand

Francesca Velicu

Senseless Kindness

Aitor Arrieta

Rebecca Blenkinsop

Natascha Mair

Skyler Martin

Echoes

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Amber Hunt

Chloe Keneally

Sarah Kundi

Van Le Ngoc

Lucinda Strachan

Jolly Folly

Alice Bellini

Ivana Bueno

Julia Conway

Breanna Foad

Adriana Lizardi

Miguel Angel Maidana

Daniel McCormick

James Streeter

Sadler's Wells, Sat 29 May 2021, 7.30pm

Take Five Blues

Aitor Arrieta

Matthew Astley

Fernando Carratalá Coloma

Henry Dowden

Shiori Kase

Katja Khaniukova

Rentaro Nakaaki

Angela Wood

Laid in Earth

Precious Adams

Jeffrey Cirio

James Streeter

Erina Takahashi

Senseless Kindness

Francesco Gabriele Frola

Emma Hawes

Isaac Hernández

Alison McWhinney

Echoes

Isabelle Brouwers

Eireen Evrard

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Amber Hunt

Chloe Keneally

Junor Souza

Jolly Folly

Georgia Bould

Joseph Caley

Julia Conway

Daniel McCormick

Ken Saruhashi

Erik Woolhouse

Francesca Velicu

Rhys Antoni Yeomans

Sadler's Wells, Sun 30 May 2021, 2.30pm

Take Five Blues

Claire Barrett

Henry Dowden

Matei Hadrian Holeleu

Senri Kou

Victor Prigent

William Simmons

Eric Snyder

Emily Suzuki

Laid in Earth

Joseph Caley

Noam Durand

Francesca Velicu

Anna-Babette Winkler

Senseless Kindness

Aitor Arrieta

Rebecca Blenkinsop

Natascha Mair

Skyler Martin

Echoes

Giorgio Garrett

Anjuli Hudson

Amber Hunt

Chloe Keneally

Sarah Kundi

Van Le Ngoc

Lucinda Strachan

Jolly Folly

Alice Bellini

Ivana Bueno

Emilia Cadorin

Julia Conway

Miguel Angel Maidana

Daniel McCormick

James Streeter

Rhys Antoni Yeomans