ENB Emerging Dancer returns to Sadler's Wells

Published: 19 May 2024
Reporter: Vera Liber

The 2024 Emerging Dancer Finalists Credit: Laurent Liotardo

English National Baller's Emerging Dancer will returns to Sadler’s Wells, London on Friday 24 May featuring six of English National Ballet’s most promising dancers, selected by their peers, performing in front of a panel of judges for the Emerging Dancer Award.

The finalists will each perform a classical pas de deux and a contemporary duet. Anna-Babette Winkler and Jose María Lorca Menchón will perform an excerpt from La Bayadère, Breanna Foad and Thiago Pereira will perform the Venetian Carnival duet from Satanella and Anna Ciriano and Shunhei Fuchiyama will perform the Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote.

Rentaro Nakaaki, a previous Emerging Dancer finalist, is choreographing a new work, Moya, for Anna Ciriano and Shunhei Fuchiyama, with original music composed by Fabian Reimair.

Breanna Foad and Thiago Pereira will perform a new work by London-based Taiwanese choreographer Ching-Ying Chien. Anna-Babette Winkler and Jose María Lorca Menchón will perform Dust by Akram Khan.

The event will be hosted by Aaron S. Watkin, Artistic Director of English National Ballet. This year’s judging panel comprises Amanda Britton MA, Chief Executive, Principal and Artistic Director of Rambert School, Monica Zamora, Former Principal Dancer of Birmingham Royal Ballet;,Edward Watson MBE, Former Principal Dancer of The Royal Ballet, and Isabela Coracy, Senior Artist of Ballet Black.

The recipients of the People’s Choice Award will also be announced. There will be special performances by 2022 Emerging Dancer winner Eric Snyder and People’s Choice winner Precious Adams. English National Ballet Philharmonic will perform live, conducted by Principal Guest Conductor Gavin Sutherland.

Emerging Dancer 2024 will be available to stream for free on ENB’s YouTube channel from Thursday 30 May for 30 days.

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