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Performer: Erina Takahashi

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A roller-coaster of diverse dance as ENB celebrates its 70th

Erina Takahashi and James Forbat in Harald Lander's Etudes © Laurent Liotardo
A slick and stylish celebration at the Coliseum of this great company's achievements over 70 years.
****1
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A piratical carry-on: English National Ballet revives Le Corsaire

Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Jeffrey Cirio © Laurent Liotardo
The spectacular dancing of Erina Takahashi, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Jeffrey Cirio is the principal reason to catch ENB's revival of this creaky swashbuckler. 
***11
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Erina Takahashi sparkles as ENB’s Nutcracker returns

Erina Takahashi (Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy) and Francesco Gabriele Frola (Nephew) © Laurent Liotardo
Despite confused storytelling in Wayne Eagling's version of ETA Hoffmann's tale, ENB's Nutcracker has some lovely dancing. 
***11
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Cinematic storytelling in ENB’s fine Romeo and Juliet

Death lurks around every corner in Rudolf Nureyev’s Romeo and Juliet, created for English National Ballet (then named London Festival Ballet) back in 1977 and energetically revived here.
***11
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Ecstasy and Death: An excellent triple bill by English National Ballet

For their second show in the London Coliseum this year, English National Ballet has presented the first programme entirely designed by its new artistic director Tamara Rojo. In the line of her vision of enriching the company’s repertory with new works, while at the same time honouring the classics, the triple bill built for the occasion is a fascinating combination of old and recent masterpieces.
****1
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