Feature: The female side

“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!”

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Andrew Ellis

Lighting Designer

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).

Marcelino Sambé

Portuguese dancer Marcelino Sambé is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. He was selected as one of the UK’s emerging choreographers by Youth Dance England in 2012. His M’ cã cré sabi won second prize at the 2011 Ursula Morton Choreographic Awards. He has created very innovative works for the two last editions of the Royal Ballet’s Draft Works.

Description of the ballet – Land of Nod 

NEBT is commissioning Sambé to create the piece for three dancers taking the audience into a surrealistic dream in the land of the subconscious!

Music: Nathan Halpern and Yann Tiersen
Number of dancers: 3
Duration: 12 minutes


Marcellino Sambe’s Ballet ‘Land of Nod.’ Dancers Riccardo Rodighiero and Hannah Sofo