Tamara Rojo is a rare thing, the female director of a ballet company. But she is also English National Ballet’s star, lobbyist and spokeswoman.
The dancer, 43, who returned home to the Caribbean island after many years as principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet, set up Acosta Danza to train a new generation of Cuban dancers.
Choreographer Akram Khan creates a brand new version of the iconic romantic ballet Giselle for English National Ballet.The classic story of love, betrayal and redemption is given a new interpretation, with Academy-Award winning designer Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) creating a stunning set design, and composer Ben Frost adapting the original score, which will be performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic.“Giselle is a ballet that lives in both the real and spiritual world: this is why I thought it would be particularly appropriate for Akram Khan, whose work often represents those two worlds” says Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet.
The mould-breaking dance company is celebrating its ninth decade. We trace the nimble steps that took it from a raggle-taggle bunch of students to global name
Based on the 1934 F. Scott Fitzgerald novel ‘Tender Is the Night’, Up & Down follows the rise and fall of a promising young psychoanalyst and one of his patients; presenting the bizarre kaleidoscope of obsessions, fears and fragments of patients’ minds. Set in the Jazz Age – the piece evokes the unstoppable feast of life; the era of freedom, sensuality, and hedonism.
The ballet comes to the Coliseum from 6th to the 10th December
He’s the bad boy of ballet, she’s the Royal’s Russian superstar. Natalia Osipova and Sergei Polunin talk about fear, pain and falling in love on the dance floor.
Interview aside, the thing it is designed to puff looks good. She is spectacularly good and before he stalked out of the Royal Ballet in a hissy fit, Polunin was top class.
Natalia Osipova and Guests opens at Sadler’s Wells on 29 June, tours to Edinburgh’s Festival theatre, 12-14 August, and returns to Sadler’s Wells, 27 September-1 October