Six Reasons Why We Love ENB’s Modern Masters

Laurretta Summerscales and Junor Souza

English National Ballet has just wrapped its first official season as a Sadler’s Wells associate ballet company. The programme, Modern Masters, brought together acclaimed works by three of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century: Jiří Kylián, John Neumeier and William Forsythe. To highlight their styles, influences and roots, we had the honour of making this interactive infographic which was published on ENB’s blog.

We also had the opportunity to catch the opening night of Modern Masters at Sadler’s, so here are our six reasons why we loved the programme:

Alina Cojocaru in John Neumeier's Spring and Fall.

Alina Cojocaru in John Neumeier’s Spring and Fall. Photo: © Alice Pennefather

1) ENB added two new ballets to its ever-increasing repertory.

2) Kylián’s skill in blending the physical with the theatrical. Plus, crinolines! Foils! Silk!

3) We finally got to see a John Neumeier ballet in the UK, led by his muse Alina Cojocaru, no less. It was particularly moving to see Alina take a curtain call with him, there was so much love and respect between these two.

Begoña Cao in Forsythe's In the Middle Somewhat Elevated.

Begoña Cao in Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated. Photo: © Alice Pennefather

4) ENB put its up and coming stars centre stage…

5) … and established dancers also got the chance to really devour the stage.

6) They did FORSYTHE!!!

Some more beautiful images of Modern Masters courtesy of Alice Pennefather:

All Photos: © Alice Pennefather

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