Synergies 2012

NEBT’s inaugural show at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre, 5th July 2012. It was a showcase of 10 different ballets and a truly collaborative project, bringing together visual artists, musicians, choreographers and dancers.


Piece 1: Classical Symphony

Choreography by Jenna Lee
Music: Sergei Profokiev – Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25
Set & Costumes: Jemima Robinson

‘I have a flexible approach to choreography and always try to tailor the piece to my dancers; taking time to explore and experiment with them is very important as I value enormously the contributions that they make.’ – Jenna Lee

Piece 2: Legends pas de deux

Choreography by Michael Corder
Music: Antonin Dvorak – Legends, Op.59
Costumes donated by Royal Opera House

‘Legends Pas de Deux is set to the first two and the seventh of Dvorak’s set of ten Legends written in 1881. Originally composed for piano and four hands, as performed at these performances, Dvorak later orchestrated the entire set. […] The many variations of tempo and mood in these compositions come and go as if in a dream world.’ – Michael Corder

Piece 3: Threefold

Choreography by George Williamson
Music: Francis Poulenc – Aubade 

‘This ballet is an exploration of personal identity and the idea that the present is shaped by one’s past and future selves, by memories and unfulfilled desires. Three female dancers simultaneously portray the same girl at each of these stages’ – George Williamson

Piece 4: Lonesome Gun

Choreography by Kristen McNally
Music: Western melodies

‘A big love of mine is the desert: the landscape, the smell, the heat, the sounds and, most of all, the cowboys!’ – Kristen McNally

Piece 5: Joy

Choreography by Rebecca Wilson
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Rondo from Serenade No.13 for strings in G major, K525, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Piece 6: Le Carnaval des Vérités

Choregraphy by Andrew McNicol
Music: Gabriel Fauré – Elégie in C minor for cello and orchestra, Op. 24

‘Le Carnaval des Vérités is infused with running themes and hints of narratives that are rooted in sonata and the music concludes by singing itself into nothingness.’ – Andrew McNichol

Piece 7: Toca

Choreography by Érico Montes
Music: Heitor Villa-Lobos – Etudes

‘My ballet was inspired by the central relationship in the novel between the Maias by the great Portuguese author Eça de Queiroz, and explores the fine line between the rational and irrational sides in peple. Toca – meaning ‘den’ or ‘lair’ – is the name of a house that features in the novel’ – Érico Montes

Piece 8: Resolution

Choreography by Wayne Eagling
Music: Gustav Mahler – Ruckert-Lieder for voice and orchestra

‘Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a severe recessive form of muscular dystrophy that, in general, only affects males. Resolution explores the desperate feelings I first felt when I saw the suffering of the children [boys suffering with DMD via the charity, Duchenne], but also captures in motion the serenity in acceptance of their condition. We all face the same eventual destiny.’ – Wayne Eagling

Piece 9: Sixes and Sevens

Choreography by Samantha Raine

Music: Ludovico Einaudi – Dietro l’Incanto from Le Onde

‘NEBT has given me the opportunity to work on it and create a pas de deux to suit the talented dancers I’m working with. In Sixes and Sevens, the feeling I’m trying to portray is you can’t live with someone yet can’t live without them!’ – Samantha Raine

Piece 10: Bright Young Things

Choreography by Ernst Meisner
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543

‘My intention with this ballet for NEBT was to create a large group piece that will show off the company’s wonderful dancers. […] After its grand opening, Mozart’s Symphony No.39 gives many opportunities for character, solo and group dances, during what I imagine as a brilliant party that builds to a wonderful and joyous finale.’ – Ernst Meisner


Ria PeriHead of Dance / Ernst MeisnerProject Manager / Craig EdwardsMusic Director Conductor / Malcolm GlanvilleTechnical Director / Mark JamesHead of Projection Art / Jessica EdgleyBallet Mistress / Resmi MalkoBallet Master / Elodie StanleyNutrition and Diet Advisor / Gerard DavisProgramme Consultant / Jane Bourvis – Costume Design Consultant

Artists / Designers

Zachary Eastwood-Bloom / Mark James / Guoda Jaruseviciute / Patrick Hearn / Kevin Osmond / Jemima Robinson / Isabel Seligman / Lincoln Seligman / Karoline Young-Weber


The Westminster Festival Orchestra

Julia HamosPiano / Shin Suzuma Piano / Alex RoltonCello / Martha JonesMezzo-Sopranos