The new tour will bring together American Ballet Theatre's Marcelo Gomes and Ivan Vasiliev, the Mariinsky's Denis Matvienko, and the Mikhailovsky's Leonid Sarafanov, all who have been seen in previous editions. La Scala and ABT's Roberto Bolle will forget about playing princes for a while, and join them.
The self-proclaimed kings will dance eight works by Frederick Ashton, Roland Petit, Edward Clug, Patrick De Bana, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, and Marcelo Gomes. Gomes, apart from performing, will choreograph a new piece with music by Canadian Ballet's Guillaume Côté, who won't participate in this tour as a dancer, but will be still appear in the programme wearing his other hat.
Bolle and Vasiliev will both dance in Petit's Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, so unless they take turns in putting on the yellow dress, I guess there will be a Queen present in next year's line-up too!
Tickets are available from 19 March 2014 through the English National Opera site.
Photo: Patrick de Bana with Ivan Vasiliev
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
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