English National Ballet announced its 2018 – 19 season at a press conference on London City Island (its future home) on 13 March. Plans include: English National Ballet and English National Ballet School set to move into joint state-of-the-art home in Canning Town, East London; ENB's success in stage two application to Arts Council England's Capital Large Grants programme for a £3 million investment in its new home; Christopher Wheeldon to create a new in-the-round version of Cinderella for English National Ballet and the Royal Albert Hall; ENB’s second bill featuring female choreographers, She Persisted includes a new work inspired by Ibsen’s A Doll’s House by first artist Stina Quagebeur; She Persisted also features Pina Bausch’s Le Sacre du printemps and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings; Lest We Forget returns to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War; Akram Khan’s Giselle tours internationally to the Harris Theater, Chicago and to the Chekov International Festival at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow; Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s Manon performed on tour and at the London Coliseum; ENB in Paris, following the company’s performances at the Palais Garnier, to be released via YouTube. Pictured – Tamara Rojo in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings. © Emma Kauldhar


The Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards were presented at the Barbican Centre, London, on 19 February. The ceremony was hosted by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Dane Hurst. A full list of nominees and winners - HERE 


Founded by David Makhateli in 2016, this year’s Grand Audition attracted 194 young dancers from around the world to Barcelona’s Teatre Auditori Sant Cugat. The auditionees were split into four classes and observed by the nine directors – Yuri Fateyev, Nicolas Le Riche, Ernst Meisner, Kaloyan Boyadjiev, Sampo Kivela, Ruta Butviliene, Mario Schroder, Xin Peng Wang and Denys Matvienko. Each director then drew up a list of dancers they wanted to see perform a variation and 70 were duly selected. After this second selection, 23 contracts were offered and 45 interviews with directors took place. A full report will be published in the March issue. GALLERY


Congratulations to  this year’s eight Prix de Lausanne winners: Shale Wagman (pictured - who will be joining ENB from the start of the 2018- 19 season) – Canada (Princess Grace Academy, Monaco); Hanna Park - South Korea (Sunhwa Arts Middle & High School; Ehwa Ballet Academy); Wenjin Guo – China (Shanghai Dance School); Junsu Lee – South Korea (Yewon School; Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts); Xinyue Zhao – China (The Secondary Dance School of Beijing Dance Academy); Miguel Angel David Aranda Maidana – Paraguay (Brussels Interational Ballet School; Academiade Ballet Moscow, Argentina); Carolyne Galvao  – Brazil (Balé do Teatro Escola Basileu França) and Aviva Gelfer-Mündl – USA (V&T Classical Ballet & Dance Academy; Canada’s National Ballet School). GALLERY


Director General of the Paris Opera Stéphane Lissner, Musical Director Philippe Jordan and Director of Dance Aurélie Dupont launched the Paris Opera's 2018-19 anniversary season during a Soirée Exceptionelle comprising excerpts from ballets and operas and live interviews on the Palais Garnier stage last night. The new season will see revivals of Nureyev’s Swan Lake and Cinderella, a Jerome Robbins evening, Neumeier’s la Dame aux camelias and two guest companies – the Martha Graham Dance Company and Rosas. New works include two creations by Mats Ek, coaxed out of retirement by Dupont to create a Boléro to Ravel’s score and Another Place to Liszt’s Sonata in B Minor. Other world premieres will be choreographed by Marco Goecke and Pontus Lidberg. Company premieres include Sleight of Hand and Speak for Yourself by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, and Decadance by Ohad Naharin. Revivals include Hans van Manen’s Trois Gnossiennes (performed during the evening by Ludmila Pagliero and Hugo Marchand), Wayne McGregor’s Tree of Codes, The Nutcracker, performed as a diptych with the opera Iolanta, with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Édouard Lock and Arthur Pita. The season has been heralded as special as it will celebrate the institution’s 350th anniversary – Louis XIV signed the letter of patent in Saint-Germain-en-Laye authorising Pierre Perrin to establish the Académie royale de Musique on 28 June 1669. Various events outside of the Opera are planned throughout the season in association with the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and Metz, The National Library of France, the Collège de France and numerous theatres in the regions.