N. E. B. T. They have lots of synergy
In July this year an extraordinary new ballet company makes its world debut at the Peacock Theatre in London. The New English Ballet Theatre features starry patrons such as Carlos Acosta and new Strictly judge Darcey Bussell and is able to draw on the talents of Wayne Eagling and Michael Corder for its choreographers but what really makes the company so special is the unique chance it gives to its dancers.
16 Graduates from some of the world’s top ballet schools, such as the Royal Ballet School, San Francisco Ballet School and English National Ballet School, are currently undergoing three months of intensive rehearsal in order to prepare them for the 10 neo-classical pieces, including 4 world premieres, that will form their first show Synergies, Furthermore they’ll be sharing the bill with Royal Ballet principles Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez for a special gala performance on July 5th.
Alongside the established choreographic names of Corder and Eagling there are also young emerging choreographers creating exciting new work for the company. These include George Williamson, who recently premiered his brand new Firebird for ENB at London’s Coliseum (Dance Europe magazine calls him “the new kid on the block… he shows admirable courage and masses of potential”), Jenna Lee, who can claim credit for the choreography for the current touring collaboration of ENB and Flawless, as well as Ernst Meisner from Dutch National Ballet and Kristen McNally and Samantha Raine from the Royal Ballet.
Another important aspect to NEBT’s philosophy is to place ballet into a wider artistic context; not only by employing the Westminster Festival Orchestra under Craig Edwards but also in encouraging young artistic talent in other creative fields. This includes commissioning the ceramic/digital artist Zachary Eastwood-Bloom (one of the V&A’s “ones to watch” in 2011) and two winners of the prestigious Linbury Prize to create many of the stage designs.
It should all add up to an exceptional experience, showcasing the very best of the young, creative talent to be found in the UK’s capital.
Synergies runs at London’s Peacock theatre from 4th-8th July 2012 and tickets are available from the theatre’s website – click here.
For more information on NEBT and who’s involved, here’s the website: http://www.nebt.co.uk/
And here’s a big up from Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director of Sadler’s Wells: “An interface between the arts, and one that supports emerging artists… We might find the next MacMillan from NEBT”.