English National Ballet’s new triple bill features new pieces created by world-class female choreographers: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Yabin Wang and Aszure Barton.
Their credits list is a roll call of the world’s best dance companies and artists, from Dutch National Ballet and Ballet Nacional de Cuba (Lopez Ochoa), to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Sydney Dance Company (Barton) and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Wang). The world premiere of She Said is a rare opportunity to experience their talent and vision on a single stage.
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings tells the story of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century, Frida Kahlo, from her life-changing accident as a teenager to her stormy relationship with painter Diego Rivera. Lopez Ochoa collaborates with director Nancy Meckler and composer Peter Salem, with whom she created the award-winning dance version of A Streetcar Named Desire for Scottish Ballet.
Yabin Wang is a leading figure in contemporary dance in China and an international performer. She produces works which foster collaboration between Chinese and international artists (the most recent, The Moon Opera, will come to Europe next year). For She Said she brings the Greek heroine Medea into the realm of classical China, with music by Jocelyn Pook using Western and traditional Chinese instruments and costumes by Kimie Nakano (Akram Khan’s Dust).
Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings is a piece fuelled by the individuality of the dancers, which will develop from an intense process of collaboration. Set to a new score by Mason Bates, a composer and DJ known for his innovative orchestral writing, and featuring costume designs by Michelle Jank, it promises to live up to Barton’s reputation as “one of the most innovative choreographers of this generation” (Mikhail Baryshnikov).
“Really rather special… a beautiful and poignant spectacle”
The Daily Telegraph (on Broken Wings)
“Gathers real power… and rises to a pitch of terror”
The Guardian (on M-Dao)
“Aszure Barton livens things up and shows off the company’s dancers in Fantastic Beings, full of possibilities of the body”
Evening Standard (on Fantastic Beings)