English National Ballet in rehearsal for Jerome Robbins’s The Cage

Artists of English National Ballet rehearse Robbins' The Cage.

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’s The Cage. Originally choreographed for New York City Ballet, The Cage is also in the repertory of companies like San Francisco Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet and the Bolshoi. Set 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 and 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 dancers Jurgita Dronina and Begoña Cao, respectively, the Novice and the Queen:

All photos: © The Ballet Bag, courtesy of English National Ballet.

English National Ballet performs Voices of America at Sadler’s Wells, London from 12 to 21 April, 2018. For more information and to book tickets, visit ENB’s website.

Her favourite ballets feel like good books – one can see them 1,000 times and they always feel fresh. Linda loves Giselle, all full-length MacMillan plus Song of the Earth, Robbins’s Dances at a Gathering, Balanchine’s Serenade and Agon, Ashton’s Scènes de Ballet and Symphonic Variations.


  • April 17, 2018


    We also loved it! :)

  • April 17, 2018


    Saw this a few nights ago at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. Brilliant performance. So much passion and skill, it was spellbinding. Highly recommend going!