“It’s great to see that the standard of dancing is increasing year by year, especially regarding partnering. This year’s crop looked assured, confident and completely at home on the London stage.”
“5-star Quint-Essential Five New Ballets at The Peacock Theatre.
The vibrancy of the London Arts scene is well illustrated by the success of the “New English Ballet Theatre”.”
“This evening was a rich menu of thoughtful and engaging choreography, very well performed by consistently excellent emerging dancers and musicians: fulfilling the company’s mission perfectly.”
“What a gorgeous jewel box of a dance event is this. Five new ballets choreographed by five brilliant choreographers, describing stories and sensibility through movement, not found before.
Everything about this show is very fine. From the production and lighting values. creating tone and atmosphere, to the live music and the nuanced dancing by the talented performers of the New English National Ballet Theatre.”
New English Ballet Theatre hold an open rehearsal for pupils at Lanterns School of the Performing Arts.
“Dancing in a programme that consists of a number of works, each created by a different choreographer, can be a challenging process. The dancers have to learn to switch between styles, to go from the grounded movements of contemporary to neoclassical and traditional ballet technique. “It’s hard,” dancer Riccardo Rodighiero admits, “but it’s interesting to challenge yourself across different styles.”
“SeeingDance editor David Mead spends a day with New English Ballet Theatre, looking ahead to their new Quintessential programme, and even learning a short section of one ballet.
When the invitation dropped into the Inbox, it was impossible to turn down. Come along and join in with New English Ballet Theatre’s (NEBT) ‘ballet boot camp’ for web-based writers. Meet the company, watch rehearsal of some ballets from the company’s forthcoming programme of five new ballets, and the biggie, learn part of one of those ballets.”
“NEBT is uniquely defined in the world of competitive ballet: founded by its artistic director, the visionary Karen Pilkington-Miksa in 2011, NEBT has commissioned and produced 16 new ballets deploying the exciting talents of dancers, choreographers, musicians and designers.”
“Feminism and female empowerment are buzz words in the press at the minute, and we have noticed a definite change in the way our ballets are received because of this,” observes Karen Pilkington-Miksa, the company’s Founding and Artistic Director, when talking about her focus on female choreographers. “We are always striving to include and promote those people who might not have any other opportunity to get themselves, or their work, noticed and the work of female choreographers definitely fits that bill!”
Andrew trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and designs lighting for ballet, musical theatre, contemporary dance, TV and drama. His work has been seen internationally across Europe, Australia and North America, as well as at venues across the UK.
Lighting Design: “Eugenius” (London Palladium), “Seasons of Larson” (Lyric Theatre), “Him” (Royal Festival Hall and national tour), Jose Agudo’s “Ten” for Ace Dance and Music (National Tour), “Re>Generation” for Masters Performing Arts (Shaw Theatre), “Golden Gala” for Urdang Academy (Hackney Empire), “Encore” for Tring Park School for the Performing Arts (UK Tour), “Redhead” for London School of Musical Theatre (Bridewell), “Kama Sutra” for BalletBoyz (Sky Arts), “Bring it On” & “A Man of No Importance” for Urdang Academy (Pleasance), “Murmur” for Aakash Odedra Company (Linbury and international tour), English National Ballet’s Choreographics (Barbican), Constella Ballet & Orchestra (Lilian Baylis), English National Ballet School (New Wimbledon Theatre), Hertfordshire Schools Music Gala (Royal Albert Hall), “Kreutzer Sonata” for New English Ballet Theatre (Linbury Theatre), “Void” and “Alpha” for Balletboyz (Sadler’s Wells, New York City Centre and international tour, “Celtic Journey” (Marlowe Theatre).
Relights: Michael Hulls’ “Vespertine” for Atlanta Ballet and Nice Ballet and “Torsion”, “Fallen” and “Serpent” in Europe, Australia and North America, Jackie Shemesh’s “The Murmuring” and Natasha Chivers’ “Mesmerics” (all for BalletBoyz), Chris Davey’s “Mary Shelley” for Shared Experience (UK Tour) and Adam Carree’s “kith/kin” for Company Chameleon (The Place and danSAT festival in Barcelona).