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2022 Season

NEBT’s 2022 live performance season includes 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.

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

Into the Spotlight: Female ChoreograpHERs

One of the season’s highlights is the Royal Opera House’s Next Generation Festival at the Linbury Theatre on the 17th and 18th of June. NEBT was 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.

“…the company look in fine fettle, maybe as good as I’ve ever seen them. It was an evening of varying colours, from emotionally intense and thoughtful to fizzing like the best English sparkling wine…” – David Mead (Seeing Dance)

Domino, chor. Ruth Brill. Photo (c) Deborah Jaffe
Domino, chor. Ruth Brill. Photo (c) Deborah Jaffe

NEBT’s bright-eyed dancers demonstrate their nascent talents across a range of dance styles and endear themselves to the audience along the way … ‘Very nice’ a man in the row behind me said when this opening piece (Ruth Brill’s ‘Domino’) had come to its logical and satisfying conclusion.”
John O’Dwyer (Seen & Heard International)

Daniela Cardim’s Nocturne was a deeply expressive pas de deux to Chopin’s Nocturne No.13 in C Minor. Camino Llonch and Daniel Corthorn absolutely captured the underlying current of experiencing grief and the choreography echoed the music in all its light and shade in a series of beautifully crafted passages.” (Dance for You Magazine)

Nocturne, chor. Daniela Cardim. Photo (c) Deborah Jaffe
Nocturne, chor. Daniela Cardim. Photo (c) Deborah Jaffe

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 on 13th and 14th July as part of their Dance@TheGrange 2022 programme Baroque Syncopations. Additional to The Four Seasons our progamme at The Grange includes the famous Grand Pas de Deux from Don Quixote.

We are delighted to work with guest performers Sophie Allnatt, Artist of The Royal Ballet, Haruhi Otani, Soloist at English National Ballet, and Luca Acri, First Soloist of The Royal Ballet for this programme.

“Jenna Lee’s The Four Seasons, the evening’s most strictly classical piece, was also its climax…” – Donald Hutera (The Times)
The Four Seasons, chor. Jenna Lee. Photo (c) Deborah Jaffe
The Four Seasons, chor. Jenna Lee. Photo (c) Deborah Jaffe

Our third stop on the festival circle this year is Latitude on 23rd July, with Rosamunde and two brand-new works by Valentino Zucchetti and Kristen McNally, part of the Genesis Dance Project.

Photo (c) Andrej Uspenski
Genesis Dance Project, Photo (c) Andrej Uspenski

Into the Spotlight | Genesis Dance Project

Private Preview Performance

On 3rd of August we are delighted to perform at the Aud Jebsen Studio Theatre, Royal Academy of Dance, London, with an exciting mixed programme, featuring Domino, Nocturne, Rosamunde and the Genesis Dance Project, a suite of four new works by four different choreographers, connected by the music of Genesis, with imaginative costumes, spectacular imagery and a soundtrack spanning Genesis’ early 1970s days as prog-rockers to their 1990s era as pop chart toppers:

  • The Cinema Show by Ruth Brill
  • Watcher of the Skies (dance film) by Wayne Eagling whose most recent work for NEBT, ‘Remembrance’, was a critically acclaimed stage show and film. 
  • Firth of Fifth by Royal Ballet First Soloist Valentino Zucchetti, and
  • I Can’t Dance by the Royal Ballet’s Principal Character Artist, Kristen McNally.

For more information about this performance, email info@nebt.co.uk.

I Can't Dance, chor. Kristen McNally. Photo (c) Nina Kobiashvili
I Can't Dance, chor. Kristen McNally. Photo (c) Nina Kobiashvili
“Kristen McNally has choreographed a charming, very chilled out piece to the music of Genesis … with gorgeous 1960s costume designs by Nina Kobiashvili …” (Dance For You)

2022 Season – All 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 Limited
Costume 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 of a couple’s relationship whilst experiencing grief.

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.

Solace

Choreography: Georgie Rose
Music: ‘I am Sorry Not Sorry’ by  RUBY FULTON, performed by KATE AMRINE
‘Pale Blue Dot’ by ROGER GOULA. Used by permission of Manners McDade Artist Management LLP
Costume Design: April Dalton
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

We can take solace in the words “I’m sorry”, but how do we know if they are honest or manipulative?

Watcher of the Skies

Choreography: Wayne EaglingMusic: Genesis
Costume Design: Nina Kobiashvili
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

Firth of Fifth

Choreography: Valentino Zucchetti
Music: Genesis
Costume Design: Nina Kobiashvili
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

The Cinema Show

Choreography: Ruth Brill
Music: Genesis
Costume Design: Nina Kobiashvili
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

I Can’t Dance

Choreography: Kristen McNally
Filmed by: Alice Pennefather
Music: Genesis
Costume Design: Nina Kobiashvili
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

Schedule

  • 17th & 18th June, Next Generation Festival, ROH Linbury Theatre
  • 10th July, Cheltenham Music Festival – Everyman Theatre
  • 13th & 14th July, Dance@TheGrange
  • 23rd July, Latitude Festival
  • 3rd August, Aud Jebsen Studio Theatre, Royal Academy of Dance (Private Preview Performance). For more information, please email info@nebt.co.uk