Song of the Earth

In Autumn 2017, English National Ballet performed Kenneth MacMillan’s Song of the Earth for the first time ever. This work is indisputably a masterpiece. The story of love, loss and inescapable death told through MacMillan’s beautiful, sparse choreography and Mahler’s epic song cycle will stay with you for days, if not years, after. So with […]


Nora is a one-act ballet inspired by the lead character in Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House, a woman on the path to independence. When past choices catch up with her and reveal a new side to her husband, Nora sees their relationship crumble and her illusions shatter – leading to a life-changing decision. The […]


In this acclaimed version by Akram Khan, the greatest Romantic ballet and its story of love, betrayal and redemption are reimagined. As the curtain rises, dancers in shadow push against a large wall. From that moment on, Akram Khan’s Giselle stuns with powerful images and mesmerising choreography. The “ominous, gothic” score (The Observer) by Vincenzo […]

Dancing Nation

Part One: Breakin’ Convention and Matthew Bourne’s classic, Spitfire World-class dance also featuring Candoco, HUMANHOOD, and English National Ballet. In this, the first of three Dancing Nation programmes, BBC Arts and Sadler’s Wells present a festival of dance featuring: Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures – Spitfire. Before his legendary Swan Lake, Nutcracker! and Cinderella, Matthew Bourne […]

Fantastic Beings

In 2016, choreographer Aszure Barton created Fantastic Beings as part of our She Said triple bill of works by female choreographers. The piece was reworked in 2018 and performed as part of our Voices of America programme at Sadler’s Wells, when this performance was filmed. Choreographer Aszure Barton started learning tap at the age of three, trained in classical ballet at […]

Broken Wings

English National Ballet presents Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s critically acclaimed Broken Wings, featuring Tamara Rojo in the role of Frida Kahlo alongside legendary ballet star Irek Mukhamedov as Diego Rivera. The music, by Peter Salem, the show is performed by English National Ballet Philharmonic. Iconic painter Frida Kahlo is the heroine of this vibrant ballet full […]

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