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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2013 1:45 pm 
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An interview with ENB principal dancer Daria Klimentova by Jessica Salter in the Telegraph.

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Reviews of Kenneth MacMillan's "The Sleeping Beauty" at London's Coliseum, with Tamara Rojo as Aurora.

Zoe Anderson for the Independent.

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Mark Monahan for the Telegraph.

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Clement Crisp for the Financial Times.

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Lyndsey Winship reviews "The Sleeping Beauty" for the Evening Standard.

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Sam Smith reviews "The Sleeping Beauty" for Londonist.

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Ismene Brown reviews "The Sleeping Beauty" for the Arts Desk.

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Judith Mackrell reviews "The Sleeping Beauty" for the Guardian.

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English National Ballet opens a season at the Coliseum on April 18, 2013 with a program subtitled "Ecstasy and Death" and including Jiri Kylian's "Petit Mort," Roland Petit's "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort" and Harald Lander's "Etudes." Vanessa Thorpe previews the program for the Observer.

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Rainesford Alexandra comments on the announced intentions of the 2013 season for the Huffington Post.

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Francis Timlin wrote:
English National Ballet opens a season at the Coliseum on April 18, 2013 with a program subtitled "Ecstasy and Death" and including Jiri Kylian's "Petit Mort," Roland Petit's "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort" and Harald Lander's "Etudes." Vanessa Thorpe previews the program for the Observer.

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Nice programme but only for the hardcore ENB fans I'm afraid. The truly hideous posters advertising this on the tube will most likely put the curious punter off and anyone actually attracted by this weird poster concept will be disappointed.

I predict swathes of empty seats.


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Ivan Putrov to guest in the Ecstasy and Death programme

English National Ballet has announced that Ivan Putrov will guest with the company in the forthcoming season at the Coliseum, making his debut in Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort. He will alternate in the title role with Nicolas Le Riche of the Paris Opera Ballet, and Company soloist Fabian Reimar, also making his debut in the role.

Full casting for the week is as follows:

Le Jeune Homme et la Mort
18 April Rojo – Le Riche
19 April Zhang – Putrov (Matinee)
19 April Rojo – Le Riche
20 April Rojo – Le Riche (Matinee)
20 April Zhang – Putrov
21 April Zhang – Reimar

Note: Ivan Putrov replaces Yonah Acosta.

Petite Mort
18 April Klimentova, Osbaldeston, Oliveira, Ovsyanick, Summerscales, Fumero, Streeter, Bosch, Reimair, Forbat, Berlanga, Muntagirov
19 April (Matinee) McWhinney, Glurdjidze, Takahashi, Zehr, Ramirez, Stott, Streeter, Forbat, Bosch, Young, Atymtayev, Westwell
19 April Klimentova, Osbaldeston, Oliveira, Ovsyanick, Summerscales, Fumero, Streeter, Bosch, Reimair, Forbat, Berlanga, Muntagirov
20 April (Matinee) McWhinney, Glurdjidze, Takahashi, Zehr, Ramirez, Stott, Streeter, Forbat, Bosch, Young, Atymtayev, Westwell
20 April Klimentova, Osbaldeston, Oliveira, Ovsyanick, Summerscales, Fumero, Streeter, Bosch, Reimair, Forbat, Berlanga, Muntagirov
21 April McWhinney, Glurdjidze, Takahashi, Zehr, Ramirez, Stott, Streeter, Forbat, Bosch, Young, Atymtayev, Westwell

Etudes
18 April Takahashi, Muntagirov, Forbat and Berlanga
19 April (Matinee) Kase, Saruhashi, Menezes and Vargas (Matinee)
19 April Takahashi, Muntagirov, Forbat and Berlanga
20 April (Matinee) Kase, Saruhashi, Menezes and Vargas (Matinee)
20 April Rojo, Muntagirov, Forbat and Atymtayev
21 April Rojo, Muntagirov, Forbat and Atymtayev (Matinee


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My prediction about the Ecstasy and Death programme proved correct: it isn't selling well at all. Those Londoners that quallify for standbys may be able to pick up a bargain in the next few days.

I recently spoke to an ENB dancer who shared my disquiet over the ghastly poster campaign, he also felt that coming hard on the heels of the Mikhailovsky company and Peter Schaufuss and coinciding with National Ballet of Canada at Sadlers Wells, the wisdom of choosing to go into the Coliseum this week needs to be questioned.


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Siobhan Murphy interviews Tamara Rojo for Metro.

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Ecstasy and Death (‘Petite Mort’, ‘Le Jeune Homme et la Mort’, ‘Etudes’)
English National Ballet
London Coliseum; April 18, 2013

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Tamara Rojo has stated that she wants to challenge the audience and bring something different to the ENB repertoire. Well, there is plenty in this programme to challenge the Company, perhaps less for the experienced audience members.

It is difficult to believe that Jiri Kylian’s “Petit Mort” is is more than two decades old, so fresh does it seems in this presentation. There are many choreographic difficulties that the Company tackle admirably which got the evening off to a fine start. Far too many pieces begin in silence which becomes more and more agonising for the audience as the dancers writhe to the sound of their own rasping breath. Not so “Petit Mort” which has the audience, if not quite on the edge of their seats, sitting up while the dancer’s partner foils. There was one sublime moment when all the cast used exactly the same amount of force to spin the blades on the floor and they all stopped as one in perfect unison as if they were radio controlled. Even the slight slip when one went astray was recovered from deftly.

The dozen soloists dazzle with constant changes of dynamic, one minute producing razor-sharp turns, the next, controlled extensions. There are many demi-lifts where the women flex their feet in second position, echoing the shape of the farthingales that they later glide on to the amused titters of the audience. They are stretching up one minute, hugging the floor the next and all executed seamlessly. How lovely also, to hear the “Elvira Madigan” piano concerto played live instead of, as last week, with Schaufuss ballet, recorded. Older generations of classical dancers often found the transition to a more contemporary style difficult, rather like the way that some opera singers struggle with musicals without adjusting their technique. It is thus a mark of the strength of the current ENB crop of dancers that they seem to face no such difficulties.

Prior to here, and perhaps surprisingly, I had never seen Roland Petit’s “Le Jeune Homme et la Mort” live. It is far less stark than on film and loses some of its shocking effect on the large and rather clunky set. But such is the power of guest artist Nicolas le Riche that it avoids slipping into melodrama, although the ending seems de trop. Rojo has none of the gamin femme fatale that Zizi Jeanmaire brought to the role. She is more the careless coquette. She was not helped by the girlish yellow dress that made her look more like an escapee from Flemming Flindt’s “The Lesson”. It is easy to see why she would want to dance this juicy role, although it does not showcase her talents at their best.

The same cannot be said of Harald Lander’s “Etudes” which has enabled cohorts of London Festival/ENB dancers to show off. It is an unforgiving work that demands precision technique from everyone in the Company and they didn’t disappoint. There were one or two wobbles and the odd dodgy landing but not enough to mar the excitement. It may be an old warhorse but it is a delightful one with a score that demands that the orchestra play their socks off. Many years of grinding away at scales finally pay off as each section works their fingers to the bone in the fiendish opening. A special mention here to the brass for fine lip work! The diagonal work along the lines of light never ceases to please.

On this occasion we were especially fortunate in having the glorious Gavin Sutherland wielding the baton, surely one of the best conductors that ENB has ever had. The orchestra always display sensitivity to their dancers and this programme delivered as many challenges for them as were present on stage.

A jolly good time was had by all, and the Company deserved fully their vociferous curtain calls at the end of the evening.


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Ismene Brown reviews the Thursday, April 18, 2013 performance of "Ecstasy and Death" for the Arts Desk.

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Further reviews of "Ecstasy and Death."

Lyndsey Winship for the Evening Standard.

Evening Standard

Zoe Anderson for the Independent.

Independent

Neil Norman for The Stage.

The Stage

Mark Monahan for the Telegraph.

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Sam Smith reviews "Ecstasy and Death" for Londonist.

Londonist

Luke Jennings reviews "Ecstasy and Death" for the Observer.

Observer

Jenny Gilbert for the Independent.

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Principal Casting for Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall

ENB has announced the Principal casting for Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall this June.

Tamara Rojo will partner Matthew Golding (Principal with Dutch National Ballet), who makes his debut with the Company, in the lead roles. They will perform together on the opening night, Wednesday June 12, and also Saturday 15 and Tuesday 18 June.

The other lead pairings include Vadim Muntagirov and Daria Klimentova, Dmitiri Gruzdyev and Fernanada Oliviera, and Erina Takahashi and Zdenek Konvalina. Laurretta Summerscales, will make her debut appearance in the Odette/Odile role, with Arionel Vargas. Summerscales, a 22 year old former pupil of English National Ballet School, won this years’ Emerging Dancer Competition People’s Choice Award, where she performed the Black Swan solo in the Swan Lake Act III pas de deux.

Principal Casting
12.6.2013 - Rojo (Odette / Odile) / Golding (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
13.6.2013 - Klimentova (Odette / Odile) / Muntagirov (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
14.6.2013 - Takahashi (Odette / Odile) / Konvalina (Siegfried) / Reimair (Rothbart)
15.6.2013 [Matinee] - Oliveira (Odette / Odile) / Gruzdyev (Siegfried) / Atymtayev (Rothbart)
15.6.2013 - Rojo (Odette / Odile) / Golding (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
16.6.2013 [Matinee] - Takahashi (Odette / Odile) / Konvalina (Siegfried) / Reimair (Rothbart)
18.6.2013 - Rojo (Odette / Odile) / Golding (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
19.6.2013 - Klimentova (Odette / Odile) / Muntagirov (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
20.6.2013 [Matinee] - Summerscales* (Odette / Odile) / Vargas (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
20.6.2013 - Oliveira (Odette / Odile) / Gruzdyev (Siegfried) / Atymtayev (Rothbart)
21.6.2013 - Takahashi (Odette / Odile) / Konvalina (Siegfried) / Reimair (Rothbart)
22.6.2013 [Matinee] - Summerscales (Odette / Odile) / Vargas (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
22.6.2013 - Klimentova (Odette / Odile) / Muntagirov (Siegfried) / Streeter (Rothbart)
23.6.2013 [Matinee] - Oliveira (Odette / Odile) / Gruzdyev (Siegfried) / Atymtayev (Rothbart)

All casting is subject to alteration.
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