ENB at HOME: Wednesday Watch Parties

15 May 2020

English National Ballet perform Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings. Photography by Laurent Liotardo

English National Ballet announces the next instalments of their Wednesday Watch Party series. Following three successful streams, which saw over 350,000 people tuning in, Stina Quagebeur’s Nora will receive its online premiere on 20 May, followed by Derek Deane’s Swan Lake on 27 May.

Through their Wednesday Watch Parties, which are a part of ENB at HOME, English National Ballet invites audiences around the world to enjoy never before seen full-length recordings of Company performances.The Wednesday evening (7pm) premieres on Facebook and YouTube give people the chance to see some of English National Ballet’s most loved productions, for free, from their own homes. Recordings are available for 48 hours.

The online premiere of Nora showcases ENB’s Associate Choreographer and First Artist of the Company Stina Quagebeur’s first work for the main stage. Nora is inspired by the lead character in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, and follows a woman on the path to independence. With a small cast of eight dancers, including Crystal Costa as Nora and Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio as Nora’s husband, and music by Oscar-nominated composer Philip Glass, the piece premiered as part of the ‘She Persisted’ triple bill of female works in April 2019, sponsored by Cunard, production supporters and our Principal Partner, NatWest.

Derek Deane’s version of the iconic Swan Lake has delighted audiences worldwide for over two decades but has never been streamed online in full, until now. Featuring Lead Principals Isaac Hernández as Prince Siegfried and Jurgita Dronina as Odette/Odile, this performance of Swan Lake captures all the magic of the classic ballet, from the ballerinas in white tutus moving in unison, to the captivating romance between Prince Siegfried and the Swan Queen Odette. This performance of Swan Lake was recorded at the Liverpool Empire in 2018 as part of the English National Ballet’s annual Autumn UK tour and features Tchaikovsky’s score performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Whilst English National Ballet’s building is closed and some future performances and events have been cancelled, ENB at HOME sees the Company continue to give free access to great ballet content as well as providing ways to keep people fit and moving during these uncertain times. This includes online ballet classes tailored to suit a range of abilities, virtual performances from ENB Philharmonic, blogs, playlists and behind the scenes insights.

The programme for further Wednesday Watch Parties will be announced in due course.