Quint-Essential: Five New Ballets at The Peacock Theatre – Review

“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.”

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In the studio with New English Ballet Theatre

“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.”

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Dance writers dancing! A Quintessential ‘ballet boot camp

“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.”

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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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