Moving audiences since its premiere in 2014, English National Ballet’s reflection on the First World War, Lest We Forget, returns to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Winner of the 2015 South Bank Sky Arts Award for Dance, Lest We Forget features three works expressing the experiences of those who fought in the war and those who stayed behind. Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett choreograph.
Principal casting for Lest We Forget sees Lead Principal Tamara Rojo reprise the role of Lead Woman in Dust alongside First Soloists James Streeter and Fabian Reimair whilst First Soloist Crystal Costa, Soloist Aitor Arrieta and Artist of the Company Henry Dowden make their debuts in these roles. New Lead Principal Jeffrey Cirio dances alongside Lead Principal Erina Takahashi and Reimair.
In addition to its 13 public performances, English National Ballet, with the support of Sadler’s Wells, will gift a special performance of Lest We Forget to The Royal British Legion on Monday 24 September in support of its Thank You movement, remembering all who served, sacrificed, and changed our world during the First World War. This performance will be attended by members of serving and veteran communities.
Winner of Best Modern Choreography at the 2014 Critic’s Circle National Dance Awards, Akram Khan’s Dust is “full of pain and power” (The Independent). Featuring 24 dancers, Dust is accompanied by a pounding soundtrack by Jocelyn Pook. Upon invitation, English National Ballet became the first ballet company to perform on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury, when it presented Dust to an audience of 30,000 in 2014.
A “devastatingly effective” (Daily Telegraph) piece, 20 dancers tilt and sway in semi-darkness – conjured by Michael Hulls’ lighting design, rising and falling, in Second Breath, by Russell Maliphant.
Featuring 14 dancers, seven male and seven female, Liam Scarlett’s No Man’s Land evokes the entwined destinies of the women working in munition factories at home and the men fighting in the trenches, culminating in an emotional pas de deux set to a score by Franz Liszt performed live on piano.
Thursday 20 – Saturday 29 September 2018
Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TN
Tickets £12-£60. ballet.org.uk/lestweforget