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ENB Emerging Dancer live-stream

Published: 16 April 2022
Reporter: Vera Liber

Ivana Bueno Credit: Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet’s Emerging Dancer competition will be broadcast live from the company’s east London home, the Mulryan Centre for Dance, on YouTube on 19 May.

Selected by their peers, six of the company’s most promising dancers perform in front of a panel of judges, before one is named the winner. The finalists are Matthew Astley, Ashley Coupal, Noam Durand, Chloe Keneally, Eric Snyder and Angela Wood.

Hosted by presenter Jordan Lee, the judging panel for this year’s competition comprises former dancer with the Royal Ballet and Russell Maliphant Dance Company Dana Fouras, Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Céline Gittens, Artistic Director of Artistry Youth Dance Kamara Gray, Artistic Director of English National Ballet Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells Sir Alistair Spalding and Joseph Toonga, choreographer and Artistic Director of Just Us Dance Theatre.

The nominees will each perform a contemporary and classical pas de deux. Inspired by the theme of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, three new contemporary works will be created for the event by Ceyda Tanc, Hamish Longley and Rentaro Nakaaki.

The recipients of the People’s Choice Award, voted for by audiences, and the Corps de Ballet Award, which acknowledges the work on and off-stage of an Artist of the Company, will also be revealed. There will be special performances by the reigning Emerging Dancer winner Ivana Bueno and the 2020 People’s Choice Award winner Victor Prigent. English National Ballet Philharmonic will perform live, conducted by Timothy Henty, and ENB First Soloist Fabian Reimair will create a piece of music to accompany one of the contemporary pieces.

The finalists will be mentored by senior company dancers including Lead Principals Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Shiori Kase, First Soloists James Streeter and Junor Souza and First Artist Sarah Kundi.