English National Ballet has announced that Wayne Eagling, who has been artistic director of the company since 2005, will step down at the end of this season in August. He will be the third artistic director of a British ballet company to leave their job this summer. Monica Mason, director of the Royal Ballet, is departing after ten years at the top, while Ashley Page is leaving Scottish Ballet after a decade as artistic director.
The ENB statement, which came as a surprise, didn’t make any mention of a possible successor to Eagling. John Talbot, the company’s chairman, said,
I would like to thank Wayne Eagling for his outstanding contribution to the company over the last seven years, a time of tremendous achievement. We look forward to working with him on many projects in the future.”
Eagling, in a statement, said
It has been a privilege to work with such a wonderful group of dancers and ballet staff. The quality of performances, variety of repertoire, critical success and the innovative work of the learning and outreach programmes over the last seven years makes me incredibly proud of English National Ballet.”
The ENB will be advertising for a new artistic director to replace him.
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