English National Ballet’s Anton Lukovkin dances in front of ‘General Officers of World War I’ by John Singer Sargent and ‘Naval Officers of World War I’ by Sir Arthur Stockdale Cope at the National Portrait Gallery (c) Jorge Herrera
For a unique perspective into the First World War head along to the National Portrait Gallery this Friday 16 May, where English National Ballet will present a First World War themed world premiere for one night only as part of Museums at Night and the Gallery’s Late Shift programme.
The site-specific dance performance is inspired by David Jones’s seminal First World War poem In Parenthesis and is choreographed by English National Ballet Associate Artist George Williamson. The work which will make use of several gallery spaces evokes the poet’s experience of life on the front during the First World War.
The evening, which is free admission, is part of the Gallery’s four-year programme of events commemorating the centenary of the conflict which includes the free exhibition The Great War in Portraits.
English National Ballet Dancers: Jia Zhang, Daniele Silingardi, Joshua McSherry-Gray, Dynott, Stephen Wilson, Pedro Lapetra, Laurretta Summerscales, Max Westwell, Van Le Ngoc, Anton Lukovkin, Nicola Henshall, George Williamson. Choreography: George Williamson.
LATE SHIFT EXTRA: IN PARENTHESIS
National Portrait Gallery, Friday 16 May 2014 Performance 18.00 – 20.40, Gallery activities until 22.00, Admission free