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2022 Season

We are delighted to announce NEBT’s 2022 live performance season, which will include several mixed programmes of brand-new work and NEBT repertoire, with music reaching from classical to rock and contemporary.

With its breadth of dance and musical styles the season is promising to offer something for every taste, and we are proud to showcase the versatility and talent of our dancers, choreographers and artists in a variety of settings and venues.

In light of recent events NEBT are investigating ways to help and support Ukrainian dancers and their families.

Choreographers 2022
The 2022 choreographers (from left to right): Wayne Eagling, Ruth Brill, Daniela Cardim, Kristen McNally, Georgie Rose, Morgann Runacre-Temple and Valentino Zucchetti.

Into the Spotlight: Female ChoreograpHERs

One of the season’s highlights will be the Royal Opera House’s Next Generation Festival at the Linbury Theatre on the 17th and 18th of June. NEBT has been invited to present Into the Spotlight, a programme of works celebrating female choreographers. It includes Domino by Ruth Brill, Rosamunde by Morgann Runacre-Temple, an extract from Jenna Lee’s stylish ballet The Four Seasons, featuring Max Richter’s dynamic re-composition of Vivaldi’s masterpiece, as well as three brand-new works by Daniela Cardim, Kristen McNally and Georgie Rose.

“Visually attractive this work looks set to be a keeper with the change of pace and dynamics – most engaging.” – Dancetabs on a work-in-progress version of Rosamunde

Summer festival feelings …

Further into festival season, we’re delighted to be returning for the third time to the prestigious Cheltenham Music Festival on the 10th July, where we will also be presenting Into the Spotlight.

In an exciting first for NEBT, we have been invited to The Grange Festival in Hampshire, to present the full version of The Four Seasons in the stunning neoclassical surroundings of The Grange estate as part of their Dance@TheGrange 2022 programme Baroque Syncopations. We are delighted to announce Royal Ballet First Soloist and NEBT Patron Valentino Zucchetti as guest artist for this programme on the 13th and 14th of July.

“Lee’s well-crafted work has an attractively varied sweep with costumes (by April Dalton) to match” – The Times on The Four Seasons

… and a world premiere

We are especially looking forward to the world premiere of a retro rock ballet with works by Wayne Eagling, Valentino Zucchetti, Ruth Brill and Kristen McNally at the Crescent Theatre Birmingham, from the 20th to the 21st of July, which will be presented with other works from Into the Spotlight.

Programme of Works

Domino

Choreographer: Ruth Brill
Music: Ryuichi Sakamoto
Costume Design: Elin Steele
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

The shifting patterns and pairings in this piece suggest a game of human dominoes, where “players” engage in matching with a partner instead of matching pieces and numbers. The dancers explore personal connections through the choreography’s mirroring movements, symmetry and asymmetry.

Nocturne

Choreography: Daniela Cardim
Music: Frédéric Chopin
Nocturne No.13 in C Minor, Op.48 No.1
Performed by Daniel Barenboim
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon
Under licence from Universal Music Operations LimitedCostume Design: Lisa James
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

Echoing the melody of Chopin’s Nocturne No 13, this duet is an intimate and abstract exploration of the love and support that deepen between a couple during periods of uncertainty and loss.

Rosamunde

Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple
Music: composition and arrangement by Tom Lane; excerpts from Franz Schubert
Costume Design: Patrick McDowell
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

Rosamunde is set to a modern arrangement of Schubert’s Rosamunde Quartet, playing with ideas of revealing and concealing. Morgann was inspired by the image of Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel that is often linked to this piece of music.

The Four Seasons

Choreography: Jenna Lee
Music: Recomposed By Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
Costume Design: April Dalton
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

Written in 1721, Antonio Vivaldi’s four masterful violin concertos, famously known as The Four Seasons (Le quattro stagioni), may be the most widely heard piece of classical music ever composed. Choreographer Jenna Lee rejuvenates this much-loved classic into an elegant contemporary ballet, accompanied by Max Richter’s dynamic re-composition of Vivaldi’s score.

I Can’t Dance

Choreography: Kristen McNally
Music: Genesis
Costume Design: Nina Kobiashvili
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

New Work

Choreography: Georgie Rose
Music: Kate Amrine/Ruby Fulton; Roger Goula
Costume Design: April Dalton
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

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