Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal

Tickets now on sale at the Sadler’s Wells box office (Tel. 0844 412 4300)
Wednesday 2nd – Saturday 5th July 2014
This July, we return to Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre with Tryst: Devotion and Betrayal, an evening of five world premieres from the UK’s most talented emerging choreographers.

Opening proceedings, we present Tangents, choreographed by former Dutch National Ballet dancer Daniela Cardim Fonteyne. This captivating work will be performed to live music with movements from Mussorgsky’s most famous composition, Pictures at an Exhibition. The Royal Ballet’s Erico Montes has created Toca, a short ballet set to music by Brazilian composer Villa-Lobas, while Royal Ballet Soloist Valentino Zucchetti will be premiering Orbital, set to the arresting sounds of Philip Glass. Bringing the first half to a close is the latest highly anticipated new work from Royal Ballet star Kristen McNally.

The evening will conclude with a newly commissioned work by rising star and Andrew McNicol. Based on Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata, this tragic ballet is a tale of passionate love and jealous rage. Against a backdrop of spectacular designs by Linbury Prize winner Emma Bailey, this dramatic performance will also feature the world-class Sacconi string quartet and concert pianist Anne Lovett.


May 7th 2015:

Gala Dinner and Short Performance at the Royal Opera House, Paul Hamlyn Hall

July 5th 2015:

Performance of our ‘Kreutzer Sonata and Other Works’ programme at the premiere of the Dance Programme at the Cheltenham Music Festival

July 7th 2015:

Performance of our ‘Kreutzer Sonata and Other Works’ programme at the Richmond Theatre, Surrey

July 9th 2015:

Performance of our ‘Kreutzer Sonata and Other Works’ programme at The Swan Theatre in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Mid July 2015:

Outreach performances at Rambert on the Southbank, London to be announced

August 2015:

Performances of a brand new ballet for children at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival



Carlos Acosta is a world famous Premier Danseur and guest artist whose style is known to millions.

Richard Blackford is a composer of concert and stage works as well as film and TV scores, and is also a recognised conductor especially of choral scores and ballets. He also serves as Director of Music for the New English Ballet Theatre.

Federico Bonelli has been a principle dancer with the Royal Ballet since 2003. Federico has participated in Performances and Galas around the world. In 2005 he was awarded the Positano Prix for Ballet and in 2007 he was nominated for the “Best Male Dancer” award by the National Dance Awards Critic’ Circle.

Darcey Bussell is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet and one of the most famous British dancers of her generation. During her nearly twenty years as a Principal of the Company she won renown for her unique combination of a tall, athletic physique with soft lyricism. Her extensive broadcast work includes appearing as a judge on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and presenting The Royal Ballet’s cinema simulcasts, broadcast worldwide.

Nina Campbell is the founder of the world famous interior design company that bears her name, and a noted sponsor of the performing arts.

Michael Corder is a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and a highly distinguished choreographer, with some 50 works to his credit.

Olivia Cowley is a Soloist of The Royal Ballet. She trained at The Royal Ballet Upper School and graduated into the Company, and was promoted to Soloist in 2013. She has created numerous roles for Wayne McGregor, including Raven (Raven Girl) and roles in Carbon Life and Acis and Galatea.

Viviana Durante is acknowledged by critics and audiences worldwide to be one of the finest and most dramatic ballerinas of our time. Born in Rome, she trained at the Royal Ballet School from ten years old. At 17 she joined the Royal Ballet and at 21 she became principal dancer.

Wayne Eagling, a former Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet in London and a leading international choreographer and director.

Mara Galeazzi is currently a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and is the founder of the charity “Dancing for the Children” which provides financial support for charities for children in developing countries.

Melissa Hamilton Born in Northern Ireland, dancer Melissa Hamilton is a First Soloist with The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 2007 as an Artist and was promoted to First Artist in 2009, Soloist in 2010 and First Soloist in 2013.. She joined the Company in 2007 as an Artist and was promoted to First Artist in 2009, Soloist in 2010 and First Soloist in 2013.

Rosamund Horwood-Smart QC ( Rosamund Bernays) is a Recorder and Governing Bencher of Inner Temple and serves as a trustee or patron of a number of charitable foundations.

Nehemiah Kish is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. He joined the National Ballet of Canada School aged 13 and graduated into the company in 2001, promoted to principal in 2005. Then in 2008 Kish joined Royal Danish Ballet as a principal. He joined the Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2010 and his role creations there include Alastair Marriott and Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Trespass’ (Metamorphosis: Titian 2012) and Wheeldon’s Aeternum.

Damon de Laszlo is an Industrialist and Philanthropist, who has long been a great supporter of the arts.

Sienna Miller is a British and American actress, model, and fashion designer, famous for her roles in Layer Cake, That Girl, Foxcatcher and American Sniper.

Sir Christopher Ondatje, a Sri Lankan born Canadia-English businessman, philanthropist, adventurer, writer and bob-sledding Olympian for Canada.

Ashley Page is a former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet, and is now the Artistic Director of Scottish Ballet, as well as a recognised choreographer.

Ria Peri is a former principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet whose particular interest is in maximising the inherent potential of the individual dancer.

Anya Sainsbury CBE is the former ballerina of the Royal Ballet, Anya Linden. Through the Linbury Trust, she and her husband have supported many projects related to Ballet, Dance and the Arts.

Lincoln Seligman was born in London in 1950. After reading jurisprudence at Balliol Oxford, he worked as a shipping lawyer before becoming a full-time artist and sculptor in 1980. He began as a painter but in the 1990s extended his repertoire to large-scale abstract sculptures and mobiles, mainly for atrium spaces in new buildings. Most of his works are in high profile locations in Europe and Asia. His most recent sculptures commissioned by the Chinese Government now hang in the Phoenix Building in central Beijing. He has been a selector for the ING Discerning Eye and continues to have regular exhibitions of his paintings in London and New York.

Wayne Sleep OBE was a Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet and has appeared as a Guest Artist with several other ballet companies.

Thiago Soares is a Brazilian Principle dancer of the Royal Ballet.

Erina Takahashi is a renowned Senior Principal Dancer at the English National Ballet.

Janet Viola is the Executive Director, Founder and Artistic Director of Lanterns Schools Ltd, Lanterns Studio Theatre and Lanterns School of the Performing Arts based in Canary Wharf, Docklands. Janet, who danced with various Ballet and Contemporary companies alongside a musical theatre and commercial career, has developed the Lanterns Arts complex over the past 20 years.

Slavica Waite was born in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia, is a successful business woman in the International energy trade sector. In 2000 she was awarded the medal of St Clement, in honour of her work in promoting business and cultural relations between the UK and Macedonia. She founded, in memory of her late brother, the Kiril Trajkovski Foundation, a research and educational foundation which is dedicated to adding to the collective knowledge and understanding of Archaeology.

Doreen Wells, Marchioness of Londonderry is a British former ballerina and theatre dancer.

Valentino Zucchetti Italian dancer Valentino Zucchetti is a Soloist with The Royal Ballet. He trained at The Royal Ballet School and graduated into Zürich Ballet. He returned to the Company in 2010, promoted to First Artist in 2011 and Soloist in 2012.



Deborah Bennett has served on the Board of The English National Ballet School, and the Board of Highgrove Enterprises. She is also involved in several committees for The Courtauld Institute of Art, and will oversee the Company’s strategic marketing and image building activities.

Julian Flitter FCA is a Partner in Goodman Jones LLP, where he is Head of the Charity and Social Business team. He has over 25 years of experience dealing with Companies and individuals drawn from a wide range of commercial areas as well as extensive experience dealing with Charity, Arts and Social Business clients. Julian also has a keen personal interest in Theatre and Dance, serving as advisor to a number of theatrical and dance companies and is currently Chairman of Dance UK and company secretary of Dancing for the Children.

Hugh Paget is the Senior Partner of Mewburn Ellis LLP, Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys.

Simon Weil is a partner at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP, Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2010 Charity Advisor of the Year and shortlisted for Charity Team of the Year (UK & Ireland) by the STEP Awards 2010 , who specialises in Private Wealth, Philanthropy and Charities. Simon also chairs the European Association for Philanthropy and Giving, itself a registered charity and sits on the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association.

Who we are:

We are a modern ballet company with a mission to present exciting new work to the widest possible audience. We are committed to the continual reinvention of classical ballet and giving artists the creative space to explore its boundaries. What makes us different is how we work with talented young people from a variety of disciplines. We have a company of exceptional dancers, but we also seek out choreographers, musicians, designers and visual artists. As a new company, we have the creative freedom to drive ballet forward, showcasing the strength, athleticism and agility of the next generation.


Our company is formed of outstanding dancers, choreographers, musicians, designers and artists.

Positions at NEBT are highly coveted and in 2012 we had over 700 dancers apply for just 14 places.

We pride ourselves on offering a supportive environment for everyone in our company and the chance to be part of a unique artistic community.

We can count some of the UK’s most prominent dance ambassadors among our supporters, including Darcey Bussell and Carlos Acosta.

On this page you can read more about the talented newcomers who make us one of the most exciting new dance companies in the UK.



Artistic Director & CEO – Karen Pilkington-Miksa

Company Manager & Ballet Mistress – Daniela Cardim

Ballet Mistress – Jessica Edgley

Company Administrator – Christine Cant

Director of Development – Fern Potter

Mezzo Soprano

After initial studies at Lithuania’s Academy of Music and Theatre, Justina Gringyte joined the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and London’s National Opera Studio. She is a former Samling Scholar and was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons.

For the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, her roles have included Flora (La traviata), Third Nymph (Rusalka), Maddalena (Rigoletto) in the Placido Domingo Gala, Third Innocent (Minotaur), Albina (La donna del lago), Maddalena (Il viaggio a Reims), and Suzy (La rondine).Additionally, she covered Fenena (Nabucco), Flosshilde (Rheingold/Götterdämmerung), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), Meg Page (Falstaff) and La Marchesa Melibea (Il viaggio a Reims).

In 2013/14, Justina returns to the ROH as Flowermaiden in Parsifal and makes house debuts with ENO as Maddalena (Rigoletto) in a new production by Christopher Alden, and with WNO as Fenena (Nabucco). The production will be also be presented at the Savonlinna Festival. She will return to the ROH in 2014/15 as Maddalena (Rigoletto).

In addition we are working with the Young Concert Artist TrustThe Royal College of MusicThe Royal Academy of MusicYouth Opera Great Britain and Jette Parker Young Artists Programme

Sacconi Quartet

Ben Hancox- violin
Hannah Dawson- violin
Robin Ashwell- viola
Cara Berridge- cello

“An exceptional ensemble…a unanimous sense of musical breath and a meticulous attention to detail.” Musical Opinion

The award winning Sacconi Quartet is recognised for its unanimous and compelling ensemble, consistently communicating with a fresh and imaginative approach. Performing with style and commitment the Quartet is known throughout the world for its creativity and integrity of interpretation. Formed in 2001, its four founder members continue to demonstrate a shared passion for string quartet repertoire, infectiously reaching out to audiences with their energy and enthusiasm. Over the past decade they have enjoyed a highly successful international career, performing regularly throughout Europe, at London’s major venues, in recordings and on radio broadcasts. The Sacconi is Quartet in Association at the Royal College of Music.

The Sacconi won First Prize at the Trondheim International String Quartet Competition and Second Prize, the Sidney Griller Award and the Esterhazy Prize at the 2006 London International String Quartet Competition. They also won the Kurtág Prize at the 2005 Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition and First Prize in the Royal Over Seas League Chamber Music Competition. In 2006 they were selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust (YCAT) and also nominated for a Royal Philharmonic Society Award. To date, the Quartet has given eighteen world premières and two British premières.