Linbury Studio 2013 Gala

In 2013, NEBT performed six pieces for its Gala at the Linbury Theatre on Thursday 10th October. Emma Bailey, the winner of the 2011 Linbury Prize for Stage Design, was commissioned to design for this show.

Orbital Motion

Choreographer: Valentino Zucchetti
Music: Music Philip Glass Violin Concerto No.1 © 1987 Dunvagen Music Publishers Inc.
Design: Emma Bailey, Karen Pilkington-Miksa and Valentino Zucchetti
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis

“Orbital Motion was originally choreographed for The Royal Ballet’s Draft Works, an annual event which that year had the audience surrounding the stage from all angles. When I started choreographing the piece the general idea was to give the audience from every side a facade of the choreographic patterns and aesthetic lines. This train of thought introduced a circular motion throughout the piece in order to have most of the choreography facing outwards towards the audience” Valentino Zucchetti

The Dying Swan

Choreographer: Mikhail Fokine
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns’ cello solo Le Cygne, Le Carnaval des Animaux
Soloist: Melissa Hamilton
Lighting Design: Andrew Ellis
Cellist: George Ives
Pianist: Robert Clarke

The Dying Swan is arguably classical ballet’s most famous solo. Created in 1907 by Mikhail Fokine for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova, astonishing film footage of her performing it in 1925 can be seen on YouTube. Set to The Swan from Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals, The Dying Swan has been subject to many interpretations over the past century by both dancers and choreographers and has become a firm favourite in galas across the world.

Wesendonck Lieder 

Choreographer: Érico Montes
Music: Richard Wagner, Wesendonck Lieder for female voice and piano
Design: Emma Bailey
Artwork: Lincoln Seligman
Pianist: Anne Lovett
Mezzo-Soprano: Justina Gringyte
Lighting: Andrew Ellis

“This is the first time I’ve choreographed to vocal music and, because the words are so beautiful, it felt like I had a guide to help me with my interpretation. Also, the history of how Wagner and Mathilde were possibly lovers, all of that makes the choreography come out easier because you have a lot to work with; in a way you’re just putting the steps into something that’s already there.” Érico Montes

Le corsaire pas de deux

Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev
Music: Riccardo Drigo and Adolphe Adam
Lighting: Andrew Ellis
Soloists: Yonah Acosta and Erina Takahashi

Le Corsaire was originally created by Joseph Mazilier for Paris Opera in 1856 but it is Marius Petipa’s 1899 revision for the Mariinsky Ballet that audiences are familiar with today. Based loosely on Lord Byron’s poem The Corsaire, it relates the unlikely tale of Medora, a young Greek slave who, through a series of rescuers and adventures, falls into the romantic arms of the pirate Conrad. It’s a ballet that unusually offers four lead male roles and is a dazzling demonstration of virtuoso dancing, epitomised in the technical fireworks of this striking pas de deux.

Lonesome Gun

Choreography: Kristen McNally
Music: Western Melodies
Costumes: Jessica Edgley, Kristen McNally, Karen Pilkington-Miksa
Lighting: Andrew Ellis

“This is a work I originally created for The Royal Ballet as part of the First Drafts performances and which I revisited for NEBT’s Synergies show last year. For this year’s Gala I’m hoping to develop the central pas de deux further. Looking at the ballet again I felt this particular part is over far too quickly and doesn’t establish itself as the important relationship that it is. I could happily revisit Lonesome Gun for the rest of my choreographic days – it’s a genre of music and story I love and it would be amazing to one day lengthen it further and have a set and live orchestra.” – Kristen McNally 

Kreutzer Sonata – new work

Choregraphy: Andrew McNichol
Music: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Violin Sonata No.9 Op.47, “Kreutzer Sonata”
Libretto: Garth Bardsley
Costume and Design: Emma Bailey
Artwork: Lincoln Seligman
String Quartet: Sacconi Quartet
Piano: Anne Lovett
Violin: Andrew Harvey
Lighting: Andrew Ellis

“For this piece it’s been particularly challenging to find a way to convey the complexity and depth of character in a short running time. Finding places for the narrative to land and breath, avoiding sentimentality or cliché and developing a particular punctuation to get through the whole story without it seeming rushed or unbelievable were all key.” Andrew McNicol

Dancers 2013

Sophie Allnatt

Born in Essex, Sophie joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and performed in a number of productions with The Royal Ballet’s main company including Swan Lake, and also toured with the company to Japan and Barcelona. 
“I joined NEBT because the company really promotes young dancers and choreographers. Also, with so many brilliant teachers involved you can really develop and mature as a dancer.”​Born in Essex, Sophie joined The Royal Ballet School aged 11 and performed in a number of productions with The Royal Ballet’s main company including Swan Lake, and also toured with the company to Japan and Barcelona. 
“I joined NEBT because the company really promotes young dancers and choreographers. Also, with so many brilliant teachers involved you can really develop and mature as a dancer.”

György Baán

György studied at the Hungarian Dance 

Academy (2000-2007) and in the Palucca Schule Dresden (2007-2009). He then danced with the Ballet der Oper Graz in Austria (2009-2011) and with the National Ballet of Portugal (CNB) (2011-2012). He has worked on numerous contemporary projects in Budapest during 2013 before joining NEBT.


Joshua Barwick

Joshua was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire. He started training from the age of 14 with Northern Ballet’s Academy and at 16 he moved to Elmhurst, the school of Birmingham Royal Ballet where he trained for 3 years. During his time there he worked with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s main company. Upon graduating at 18 Joshua joined Northern Ballet where he danced in many productions, performing throughout the UK and on foreign tours.

Lorenzo Bernardi

Born in Cremona, Italy Lorenzo joined the Teatro alla Scala at the age of 11 and performed in a number of productions. Lorenzo graduated from La Scala ballet school after 8 years with distinction, after which he worked at the Opera di Roma.

Christina Cecchini

Christina was born in Canada and trained at Canada’s National Ballet School where she graduated and completed the post-secondary programme. Christina spent four seasons with Ballet Kelowna, has done contract work with The National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets and recently did Swan Lake with English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall.

Jessica Clyde

Jessica was born and raised in Sheffield, training locally, before joining the Upper School at Elmhurst in Association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. She has toured in America with Birmingham Royal Ballet and performed with Northern Ballet, The National Ballet of Ireland and English National Ballet.

Jack Cussans

Jack is from York. He started training at the Hammond school at the age of 11. At 16 he was accepted into Central School of Ballet where he graduated with a BA hons degree this year. He has recently performed with Ballet Central throughout the UK, performing in a wide range of dance styles. This year he also performed at the Young British Dancer of the Year at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House.

Isabella Gasparini

Isabella was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At the age of 14, she won Gold Medal at Youth America Grand Prix, NY, receiving a scholarship to train at Canada’s National Ballet School. After graduating she joined Northern Ballet, where she had the opportunity to perform in several productions, touring all around the UK and overseas. She became coryphée in 2011. Most recently she performed in The Ugly Duckling broadcasted on the BBC, and with English National Ballet’s Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall.

Daniela Giannuzzi

Born in Italy, Daniela attended the Choreographical Center of Carcano Theatre (Milan) and the Ballet department of School of Balletto di Toscana in Florence. She started her professional experience in 2011, working with Balletto di Milano, then in 2013 with Vienna Festival Ballet.

Fabio Lo Giudice

Fabio Lo Giudice was born and raised in Italy until the age of 10. He attended the Royal Ballet School from the age of 11 to 18. In 2010 he was offered a contract with the Joffrey Ballet where he has spent the past 3 seasons.

Valerio Polverari

Valerio was born in Rome and started to dance when he was 15 years old. He trained at Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Italian National Ballet Academy and Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. Valerio was a soloist at Teatro Real di San Carlo in Naples and danced with stars such as Sabrina Brazzo, Alessandro Macario, Mikhail Lobukin and Svetlana Zakharova.

Francesca Tennant

Born in London, Francesca trained at the Central School of Ballet where she graduated with a First Class degree. She has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Sadler’s Wells and during the London 2012 Olympics at the O2 Arena, ExCel Arena and in the Olympic Park

Justine Wisznia

Justine studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille,and the Conservatoire Supérieure de Danse de Paris. Last Year she performed in the Junior Ballet of Paris and toured with pieces by Benjamin Millepied, Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Jiří Kylián.