English National Ballet returns to the Royal Festival Hall this July after an absence of 11 years, with a promisingly lyrical, accessible and pleasing mixed bill. The Company was formed in 1950 - the same year as the Festival Hall as part of the Festival of Britain so it's apt that this show is called Festival Ballet.
Yes, there will be tutus but this is no frou frou event. It's a celebration of classical dance with the fairy stories and fluff set aside. First up, from the archive, Etudes, created in 1948, which glamourises the routine of the daily ballet class progressing from barre to centre showcasing a ballerina's glorious technique (clip!) Next up, A Million Kisses To My Skin, from 2000, set to a fluid Bach piano concerto (mini clip here) which attempts to convey the absolute physical bliss a dancer feels during a shit hot performance (we know how carried away we get just watching dance, sometimes, so will be thrilled if ENB pull this off.) Topping the bill is a brand new work - woop - Resolution by Wayne Eagling, the current Artistic Director.
This should be an evening of sublime classical dance, spanning the past, present and future of the company and featuring some of its brightest stars.
For a chance to win a free pair of tickets to opening night, Wednesday 2 July at 7.30pm simply fill in your details below. The winner will be drawn at close of play, Monday 16 June. Good luck!Festival Ballet is at the Royal Festival Hall from 2-5 July, tickets £10-50. Book online now or call the RFH on 0871 663 2500. Click here for more information on English National Ballet.
Image of David Dawson's A Million Kisses to my Skin by Michael Garner courtesy of ENB.