The anticipated world premiere of a classical ballet that is not often performed in its entirety will be presented in the UK with a new twist. The female protagonist is recast as young woman with a calling to become a nurse during the Crimean War. This adaptation of Marius Petipa’s choreography marks Artistic Director Tamara Rojo’s debut in choreography and direction.
It continues to be a part of my vision for English National Ballet to look at classics with fresh eyes, to make them relevant, find new contexts, amplify new voices and ultimately evolve the art form. I have truly enjoyed delving into the creative process of adapting and choreographing a large-scale ballet.
This story is about many themes: duty, war, patriotism, culture, but at its centre are the nurse characters – inspired by Florence Nightingale’s vision, drive and passion. Reflecting on the last year, we have seen how nurses, and many others in the medical sector, sacrifice so much to take care of other people and I hope this, in some small way, pays homage to them.”