Following the popular documentary series on BBC Four, Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet, the question has to be asked – just how much do you love the company ?
The three programmes covered Swan Lake (Daria Klimentová, Vadim Muntagirov and Rachel Ware), Romeo & Juliet (Max Westwell and Daniel Jones) & The Nutcracker (Fernanda Oliveira, Ksenia Ovsyanick and Wayne Eagling), and gave you a glimpse of life behind the scenes as part of the company. Rachel Ware joined the corps de ballet in Swan Lake in-the-round last summer on a temporary contract, and you can read more about her next week here on Ballet News.
So now I wanted to give something back you you, the viewers & my lovely readers, and it just so happens that English National Ballet have these groovy ‘I Love ENB’ ballet bags which are perfect for pointe shoes, Bloch warm-up boots, tape, ribbons, plasters, dance and ballet wear, ballet shoes and all the other bits and bobs you need to carry from class to rehearsal and home. And don’t worry if you’re not a dancer, these bags don’t look out of place outside the studio and you can still show your love for the company by using the ballet bag for your shopping or the extra books you need to take to school.
The ‘I Love ENB’ ballet bags come in black cotton with white lettering and a big red heart.
English National Ballet are offering a couple of these bags to my lucky winners, and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one is to tell me how much you love ENB.
In line with the documentary series, the winners will be chosen by a panel of ENB experts and will be those who can describe in the most realistic, innovative and fluent way just how much they love ENB. You don’t have to have watched the series (I know it’s not available to everyone) but you DO need to know about ENB, whether you’ve been to an event, watched a show or been involved in any other way.
Closing date for the competition is March 31st 5pm GMT.
If you missed any of the three episodes you can watch again with BBC iPlayer – Agony & Ecstasy : A Year With English National Ballet Episodes One and Two are available until next Tuesday – 29th March 10.59pm – so please be speedy if you want to catch up with them, and Episode Three is available until Sunday 3rd April 4.04am.
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