Sarah Frater – The Stage

“Given the limited opportunities available to classical dancers, any new ballet company is good news. Debuting in 2012, New English Ballet Theatre’s aim is to stage new works with art-grade designs and live music – ably provided by the Westminster Festival Orchestra. Founded by the dancer and teacher Karen Pilkington-Miksa, it boasts an impressive team of teachers, advisers and patrons – not least Carlos Acosta, Darcey Bussell, Anya Sainsbury and Doreen Wells. Its first London’s season was staged at the Peacock Theatre, and the short run had many promising features. Foremost are the young dancers, whose commitment and focus are considerable. ”

“Another strong feature of the programme were the designs. The company has rightly avoided detailed props and sets, which are costly to commission and unwieldy to store. Instead it uses projections of art work, which are essentially colourful, mood-making backdrops that create effective context for the dancers without distracting from them. The costumes are also well chosen, with simple leotards in various styles and trim enhancing the dancers and hinting at mood and theme.”