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English National Ballet

Media Release: May 1, 2012 in Dance |

One Of The Greatest Classical Ballet Companies Of All Time
Exclusive 2012 Australian Season
14 performances only 8-17 June 2012
The Concourse, Chatswood
APOLLO choreography George Balanchine
CELEBRATIONS a selection of favourite classical pas de deux Manon, Don Quixote, Black Swan & Trois Gnossiennes
SUITE EN BLANC choreography Serge Lifar

english national balletThe world-renowned English National Ballet will tour to Australia for an exclusive season in Sydney at The Concourse, Chatswood, from Friday 8 June to Sunday 17 June, 2012.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Wayne Eagling, this highly respected European company will present a programme ideally suited to young and old in the intimate 500 seat theatre at The Concourse. The English National Ballet was established in the 1950s respected European company will bring its top soloists and principal artists, and has since emerged as one of the foremost touring companies in Europe. This internationally acclaimed classical ballet company tours both nationally and worldwide.

The programme, accompanied by a live orchestra, will open with George Balanchine‘s heartstoppingly beautiful Apollo and close with Serge Lifar‘s spectacular bravura piece, Suite en blanc. These two great classics will frame a selection of favourite pas de deux, Manon, Don Quixote, Black Swan & Trois Gnossiennes, featuring the company’s stars.

Suite en blanc was described by its choreographer, Serge Lifar, as “a real parade of stars”. A plotless display of classical technique, with strict emphasis on the perfection of line, the ballet was created in 1943 to showcase the virtuosity and elegance of the Paris Opera Ballet. With its white costumes against an inky black setting, the ballet remains a stunning showcase of dance, as glittering and exhilarating as its first performance nearly seven decades ago.

Celebrations — a selection of favourite classical pas de deux, including: Kenneth McMillan‘s sensual pas de deux from the bedroom scene of his superb Manon; the spectacular showpiece from the traditional Swan Lake Act III, known as the Black Swan pas de deux; the bravura Petipa grand pas de deux from Don Quixote; and, set to an Erik Satie solo piano piece, contemporary choreographer Hans Van Manen‘s Trois Gnossiennes, requiring great finesse and control, and a superb classical technique.

Apollo — A ballet by George Balanchine, himself a dancer with The Ballets Russes, became a neo-classical masterpiece which marked the young, choreography pushes the boundaries of the traditional classical technique. The story is of Apollo, the god of music visited by three muses; Terpsichore, muse of dance and song; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Calliope, the muse of poetry. This is a ballet that shows stunning footwork, clean lines and instrumental force.

Founded by two British ballet greats Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin, the English National Ballet grew out of a series of gala performances. Today with 67 dancers from 20 different countries, they provide a group of dancers who enrich each repertoire they perform. The original 1950s aspiration for the Company, to take popular ballet to the widest geographical audience at a price they can afford, remains as valid today as when first expressed by the Company’s founders.

Recently the subject of the popular BBC reality series The Agony and the Ecstasy the English National Ballet is enjoying an international recognition unheard of in classical dance circles. And it is not only the public who are supporters of the English National Ballet. The prestigious company has enjoyed the patronage of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales and currently HRH Andrew, The Duke of York.

The Century Group is proud to present the English National Ballet in their exclusive only Australian appearance from Friday 8 June to Sunday 17 June 2012 at The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, cnr Victoria Avenue and Anderson Street, Chatswood.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the English National Ballet.

On sale Saturday 11 February

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1 Review

Feb 8, 2012

The Company to watch. The Guardian

The most outstanding Company. The Stage

Suite en Blanc most supremely elegant of crowd-pleasers. Judith Mackrell, The Guardian

Apollo dazzling choreography Clement Crisp, The Financial Times