For the past few weeks, we have been counting down to English National Ballet’s Voices of America, a new mixed bill that will feature not one, but two ballets by William Forsythe (one being a world premiere, YASSSS!), alongside the revival of Aszure Barton’s Fantastic Beings, and the company premiere of Jerome Robbins’sÂ The Cage.Â Originally choreographed for New York City Ballet, The CageÂ is also in the repertory of companies like San Francisco Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and the Bolshoi.Â SetÂ to Stravinsky’s haunting Concerto in D, the ballet is a chilling depiction of a world ruled by natural selection and dominated by female insects.
These performances are ENB’s homage to Robbins’s centenary year andÂ we recently had the opportunity to drop in on company rehearsals to watch the work of repetiteur Diana White, a former NYCB dancer and Robbins contemporary, as she coached the corps de ballet, as well as dancersÂ Jurgita Dronina and BegoÃ±a Cao, respectively, the Novice and the Queen:All photos: Â© The Ballet Bag, courtesy of English National Ballet.
English National Ballet performs Voices of AmericaÂ at Sadler’s Wells, London from 12 to 21 April, 2018. For more information and to book tickets, visit ENB’s website.