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20 Apr 2020

ENB at HOME: Wednesday Watch Parties

English National Ballet invites audiences around the world to join them for Wednesday Watch Parties. As part of ENB at HOME, never before seen full-length recordings of Company performances will be premiered online (Facebook/ YouTube) every Wednesday evening over the next month, giving people the chance to see some of English National Ballet’s most loved productions, for free, from their own homes. Recordings will be available for 48 hours.

The first Wednesday Watch Party will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 22 April, with the online premiere of Broken Wings, a critically acclaimed ballet based on the life of iconic 20th century artist Frida Kahlo. Choreographed by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, this performance features English National Ballet Artistic Director and Lead Principal Tamara Rojo in the role of Kahlo alongside legendary ballet star Irek Mukhamedov as Diego Rivera. This performance of Broken Wings was recorded at Sadler’s Wells in 2016 and was part of English National Ballet’s first triple bill
dedicated to female choreography, She Said.

The second instalment of the Wednesday Watch Party series (29 April) sees award-winning ballet, Dust, by Akram Khan, streamed in full for the first time. This performance, recorded at Milton Keynes Theatre in October 2015 as part of English National Ballet’s poignant reflection on World War One, Lest We Forget, sees Tamara Rojo dancing alongside First Soloist, James Streeter. Dust explores the empowerment of women in war and was the first collaboration between Khan and English National Ballet.

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 Wednesday Watch Parties on 6 and 13 May will be announced in due course.

Find out more about ENB at HOME online content here: ballet.org.uk/enb-at-home