With the motto – Stay Connected And Keep Dancing – the English National Ballet have launched English National Ballet at Home, an initiative designed to keep fans of dance active and amused until the current lockdown is over.
The project will see the company stream an array of “classes, repertoire highlights, challenges and more” on a weekly basis. And if that wasn’t enough, the ENB have also announced a series of mid week streaming events which will see a new production screened every week courtesy of You Tube. Each show will be free and available for 48 hours from the date and time of release.
The Watch Parties will begin on Wednesday the 22nd of April with Broken Wings, a Frida Kahlo inspired production starring the English National Ballet’s Artistic Director Tamara Rojo. The piece, which was recorded in 2016, is choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Broken Wings tells the story of Frida Kahlo and her many trials, with Rojo starring as Kahlo, and Irek Mukhamedov as the artist’s husband, Diego Rivera.
Then, on the 29th of April 2020, the ENB will screen Akram Khan’s Dust. Also featuring Rojo, the production explores the role of crucial women in the 1st World War.
Khan said of the piece: “Dust is inspired by two things. First, the concept of a trench, of the young men and old men all going into trenches and disappearing. The other substantial part was inspired by the women. In WW1 there was a huge social shift towards women. They needed weapons made for the war, they needed a huge workforce. I felt this shift in role was interesting. They knew they would be letting go of fathers, husbands, and sons; they might lose them. Yet they were making weapons that would kill others’ fathers, husbands, and sons. It didn’t matter which side you were on – they both felt loss and death. But in order for someone to live someone else was putting their life on the line. That cyclical thing was what I wanted to explore”.
More information about English National Ballet at Home can be found here.
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