She Persisted

Sadler's Wells, London
04 - 13 Apr

Three iconic stories and three bold works on and by women.

Broken Wings
Iconic painter Frida Kahlo is the heroine of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings, a colourful ballet full of warmth and passion. Based on Kahlo’s life and art, it is “a marvellous image of creativity and power” (The Independent).

Stina Quagebeur, First Artist of the Company, choreographs her first work for the main stage. Nora is inspired by the lead character in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, a woman on the path to independence.

Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring)
Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) returns following sold out performances in 2017 – only the fourth time it will have been performed in the UK since its creation in 1975.

An equal number of female and male dancers perform on a stage covered in soil, dancing the selection and sacrifice of a victim. The music by Stravinsky is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

ENB’s spring triple bill at Sadler’s Wells has become a highlight of the dance year.
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She Persisted builds on She Said, our first all-female choreography programme, created in 2016.

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Main image: Francesca Velicu, Crystal Costa and Begoña Cao. Photo © Jason Bell. Art Direction and Design: Charlotte Wilkinson Studio.



Broken Wings

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa


Peter Salem


Dieuweke van Reij


Vinny Jones

Lighting Design

Nancy Meckler



Stina Quagebeur


Philip Glass


Louie Whitemore


Trui Malten

Lighting Design

Nicola Henshall

Assistant to the Choreographer

Kerry Nicholls

Choreographic Mentor

Le Sacre du printemps

Pina Bausch


Igor Stravinsky


Rolf Borzik

Set and Costume Design

Hans Pop

Tamara Rojo and Irek Mukhamedov as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera in Broken Wings © Laurent Liotardo


“As raw as ever... epic, harrowing and ecstatic”
“A heartfelt testament to the emancipatory power of art”
“A knockout”

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