Following Government health advice, we are sorry to announce that the Dance Journeys 2020 performance on 4 April has been postponed. We will be contacting bookers in due course and will provide an update as soon as possible.
For the first time in seven years, our annual flagship project Dance Journeys unites east and west London secondary schools, ENBYouthCo and musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department, through an ambitious, large-scale production, placed at the heart of English National Ballet’s new state-of-art home on London City Island.
2020 marks a pinnacle of achievement for English National Ballet, celebrating 70 years of artistic excellence, innovative collaborations, bringing world-class ballet to the widest possible audience. 2020’s Dance Journeys is inspired by the Company’s platinum anniversary, celebrating the remarkable history and the sheer joy of dance.
During a 12-week rehearsal process, students from Bishop Challoner Catholic Federation of Schools, Copthall School and Friern Barnet School have been invited to join the Dance Journeys Company and work alongside ENBYouthCo to create an original work, Postcards to Alicia.
Celebrating English National Ballet’s people and history, this special performance will take you on a journey that uses the Company’s legacy as a springboard for creativity – the past and present is explored, re-imagined and reinvigorated with the energy of 70 young performers.
With costumes by Louie Whitemore and lighting by Chris Swain, this year’s production features a captivating score composed by Szymon Brzóska, recorded by a 61-piece orchestra, made up of talented young musicians from Royal College of Music Junior Department.
By nurturing and encouraging new talent through projects such as English National Ballet’s Dance Journeys, we can further develop our art forms, attracting new audiences and offering the chance to create art and artists of the future.Tamara Rojo CBE, Artistic Director, English National Ballet
Here, we’re working with professional artists who allow us to be creative, adding our own ideas and choreography to the work, it’s great – we feel part of the journey.Student from Copthall School, Dance Journeys 2019
Students who hadn’t considered taking GCSE Dance before Dance Journeys have now selected it as a chosen subject. Without such a positive experience from English National Ballet, they may never have taken that step.Teacher from Copthall School, Dance Journeys 2019
Since 2013, English National Ballet has worked with over 670 young people from west London secondary schools and 235 musicians from the Royal College of Music Junior Department.