ENB School Winter Showcase online release

Published: 18 December 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

English National Ballet School Credit: Courtesy of ENBS

Filmed at The Roundhouse by Michael Nunn and William Trevitt, English National Ballet School's Winter Showcase will be available online (via the ENb web site, YouTube and Facebook) from Monday 21 December at 7:30PM for 30 days.

Under the direction of Viviana Durante, Artistic Director, the school’s three year groups worked with choreographer Andrew McNicol and contemporary dance teacher Hannah Cameron, who has brought together various Extracts from contemporary classwork. The students have been working with styles and techniques ranging from Cunningham-based to improvisation and release. They are accompanied live by musician Ronen Kozokaro.

Of Space and Time, choreographed by Andrew McNicol, is a 'socially distanced' ballet in masks, set to music by Beethoven, Rossini, Weber, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky with costumes by Omar Bayoumi, as a response to the restrictions posed by COVID-19.

Durante said, “I am delighted to be able to showcase our immensely talented students on the magnificent Roundhouse stage. Giving our students the opportunity to work with our wonderful choreographers, Andrew McNicol and Hannah Cameron, and experience performing in a professional setting is vital to ensure they continue to develop as well-rounded artists. Throughout this challenging year, our students have shown their strength, dedication and passion and I couldn’t be happier to see them perform for audiences around the world.”

McNicol added, “I wanted to capture something of the strangeness of this moment in time, contrasted with the resilience of the young dancers who, despite the current challenges, remain passionately committed to our art-form and developing themselves as individual artists.”