Akram Khan and Tamara Rojo to dance together on closing night of English National Ballet’s Lest We Forget

March 20, 2014

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Akram Khan and Tamara Rojo to dance together on closing night of  English National Ballet’s Lest We Forget

Full principal casting announced

Tamara Rojo & Akram Khan Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Tamara Rojo & Akram Khan Photograph : Cheryl Angear

English National Ballet today reveals full principal casting for Lest We Forget which includes the announcement that Akram Khan and Tamara Rojo will dance together on closing night (Saturday 12th April). This is in addition to performances on Wednesday 2nd April and both the matinee and evening performances on Thursday 3rd April.

Full principal casting details as follows:

Wednesday 2nd April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Rojo / Berlanga / Takahashi / Forbat / Oliveira / Westwell

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Cojocaru / Souza

Dust:                                        Rojo / Khan

 

 

Thursday 3nd April 2014 [Matinee]

No Man’s Land:                       Cojocaru / Konvalina / Takahashi / Forbat / Oliveira / Westwell

Firebird:                                   Summerscales / Forbat / Hudson / Kou / Westwell

Second Breath:                       Stott / Young

Dust:                                        Rojo / Khan

 

 

Thursday 3nd April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Cojocaru / Konvalina / Wood / Reimair / Ovsyanick / Liotardo

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Cojocaru / Souza

Dust:                                        Rojo / Khan

 

 

Friday 4 April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Cojocaru / Konvalina / Takahashi / Forbat / Oliveira / Westwell

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Cojocaru / Souza

Dust:                                        Oliveira / Streeter / Reimair

 

 

Saturday 5 April 2014 [Matinee]

No Man’s Land:                       Rojo / Berlanga / Wood / Reimair / Ovsyanick / Liotardo

Firebird:                                   Summerscales / Forbat / Hudson / Kou / Westwell

Second Breath:                       Stott / Young

Dust:                                        Oliveira / Streeter / Reimair

 

 

Saturday 5 April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Cojocaru / Konvalina / Takahashi / Forbat / Oliveira / Westwell

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Cojocaru / Souza

Dust:                                        Rojo / Streeter / Reimair

 

 

Sunday 6 April 2014 [Matinee]

No Man’s Land:                       Rojo / Berlanga / Wood / Reimair / Ovsyanick / Liotardo

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Hudson / McSherry-Grey

Dust:                                        Oliveira / Streeter / Reimair

 

 

Wednesday 9 April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Cojocaru / Konvalina / Takahashi / Forbat / Oliveira / Westwell

Firebird:                                   Summerscales / Forbat / Hudson / Kou / Westwell

Second Breath:                       Cojocaru / Souza

Dust:                                        Rojo / Streeter / Reimair

 

Thursday 10 April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Cojocaru / Konvalina / Takahashi / Forbat / Oliveira / Westwell

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Cojocaru / Souza

Dust:                                        Oliveira / Streeter / Reimair

 

 

Friday 11 April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Rojo / Berlanga / Wood / Reimair / Ovsyanick / Liotardo

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Stott / Young

Dust:                                        Rojo / Streeter / Reimair

 

 

Saturday 12 April 2014 [Matinee]

No Man’s Land:                       Rojo / Berlanga / Wood / Reimair / Ovsyanick / Liotardo

Firebird:                                   Summerscales / Forbat / Hudson / Kou / Westwell

Second Breath:                       Hudson / McSherry-Grey

Dust:                                        Oliveira / Streeter / Reimair

 

 

Saturday 12 April 2014 [Evening]

No Man’s Land:                       Rojo / Berlanga / Wood / Reimair / Ovsyanick / Liotardo

Firebird:                                   Ovsyanick / Konvalina / Cao / Osbaldeston / Souza

Second Breath:                       Stott / Young

Dust:                                        Rojo / Khan

 

 

Akram Khan’s work Dust is about the empowerment of women in the war, especially as they became the main workforce in the country. As well as 2 April, Tamara and Akram can be seen in both the 3 April matinee and evening shows.

Akram said: “The piece is inspired by two things. First, the concept of a trench, of the young men and old men all going into trenches, and disappearing. The other substantial part was inspired by the women. In WW1 there was a huge social shift towards women. They needed weapons made for the war, they needed a huge workforce. I felt this shift in role was interesting. They knew they would be letting go of fathers, husbands, and sons; they might lose them. Yet they were making weapons that would kill others’ fathers, husbands, and sons. It didn’t matter which side you were on – they both felt loss and death. But in order for someone to live someone else was putting their life on the line. That cyclical thing was what I wanted to explore.”

Russell Maliphant’s Second Breath is about the men and the sacrifice of the men. Principal couples include Alina Cojocaru and Junor Souza (2, 3 (eve) & 5 April) Tamarin Stott and Nathan Young (Further details to follow).

Russell said: “I’m using 20 dancers here, which is the largest number I’ve ever used. The challenge is having a reason to use them all. There is a sense that you need a lot of people, somehow, for the subject – even if you use just two, you know it’s a reference to thousands, millions.”

Liam Scarlett’s piece No Man’s Land is about the relationship between men and the women they leave behind, the loss and longing. Casting includes Tamara Rojo and Esteban Berlanga (Guest artist), Alina Cojocaru and Zdenek Konvalina, Ksenia Ovsyanick and Laurent Liotardo, Angela Wood and Fabian Reimair. Erina Takahashi and James Forbat, Fernanda Oliveira and Max Westwell will perform on 2, 3 (eve) 5 (eve) (Further details to follow).

Liam said: “It’s paying respect to how much people went through. What I’m interested in really is that when the men went off, the women almost took over their roles. And you get these objects that pass between them… a loved one went off to war, but the women were in factories making ammunition, packing explosive into ammunition to be shipped out to them, or making uniforms. In a curious way those objects were the only contact between them. It’s a very lonesome, powerful image. We triumphed and we came through, but it was an intensely sad period.”

Tamara said: “I need the public to see the choreographers of today, and how this company can embrace this new modern language, without threatening what you know of them,” she says. “At the Barbican audiences are very much accustomed to go outside their comfort zone, and I hope we will all be challenged. This subject is so serious that all of these choreographers are treading very reflectively with it. You will see from each of them a different path.”

This World Premiere will be a landmark event in British ballet appealing to contemporary dance audiences as well as ballet devotees. This is the first time that Akram Khan and Russell Maliphant have collaborated with a classical ballet company in creating work which fuses the classical ballet traditions with modern contemporary dance. Completing this programme is George Williamson’s Firebird.

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