ENB School summer performance and graduation goes virtual

Published: 24 June 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Delia Matthews in Didi Veldman's Sense of Time Credit: Bill Cooper
Andrew McNichol's Kreutzer Sonata Credit: John Ross

English National Ballet School's summer performance and graduation ceremony will be streamed online, edited by the BalletBoyz, for the first time on the school’s web site on Saturday 11 July from 7:30PM and on demand for 30 days after.

In the first summer performance under the direction of Viviana Durante, students will perform three new works from leading choreographers created through virtual classes and rehearsals throughout lockdown.

Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, whose recent choreography has included Broken Wings for English National Ballet, Red Riding Hood for Ballet Black and Frida for Dutch National Ballet, has used her Memorias del Dorado as inspiration for a piece for the school’s first year students. Third year students will perform a new creation choreographed by Andrew McNicol, who has previously choreographed for the Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Ballet, BalletX, NYCB’s Choreographic Institute, Royal Ballet of Flanders and McNicol Ballet Collective.

The Summer Performance is completed by a new work from Didy Veldman, Not so Strictly, featuring the music from social dances including the waltz and foxtrot. Veldman has created works for 27 international companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert, Goteborg Ballet, Introdans and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.

With its building closed until further notice, English National Ballet School has been operating online since March. Its online learning platform is constantly growing in order to provide support and teaching that matches as closely as possible the range of provision at the school.