Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath. © Dana Fouras
Location – Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
English National Ballet’s first ever season at the Barbican Theatre, opens on Wednesday 2 April with Lest We Forget, a new programme of works marking the centenary of the First World War .
Choreographers Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant are both collaborating with a classical ballet company for the first time – and it has been announced that Artistic Director Tamara Rojo will be performing with Akram Khan on the opening night, as well as the matinee and evening shows on 3 April and the final show on 12 April.
Each piece of work will present different aspects of the conflict, highlighting the complex relationships of men and women thrust into new roles in society.
Khan’s work Dust is about the empowerment of women in the war, especially as they became the main workforce in the country.
Maliphant’s Second Breath is about the men and the sacrifice of the men. Principal couples include Alina Cojocaru with Junor Souza (2, 3 (eve) & 5 April) and Tamarin Stott with Nathan Young.
Royal Ballet Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land is about the relationship between men and the women they leave behind, the loss and longing. Casting includes Tamara Rojo and Esteban Berlanga; Alina Cojocaru and Zdenek Konvalina, Ksenia Ovsyanick and Laurent Liotardo, Angela Wood and Fabian Reimair. Erina Takahashi and James Forbat, Fernanda Oliveira and Max Westwell will perform on 2, 3 (eve) & 5 (eve) April.
English National Ballet Associate Artist George Williamson’s Firebird completes the programme, which looks set to appeal to ballet and contemporary dance audiences alike
Tickets will be £10-50 and can be bought here