By Robert Dex
Dancer Tamara Rojo will choreograph her first ballet with a production inspired by Florence Nightingale.
The star will also direct the show as part of the English National Ballet’s (ENB) new season which was announced today.
Ms Rojo, who as artistic director of the company has overseen its move to a new HQ in east London, will adapt the classic 19th century ballet, Raymonda, setting it during the Crimean war.
She said: “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.
“Raymonda is a beautiful ballet – extraordinary music, exquisite and intricate choreography – with a female lead who I felt deserved more of a voice, more agency in her own story. Working with my incredible creative team, I am setting Raymonda in a new context and adapting the narrative in order to bring something unique, relevant and inspiring to our audiences.
“I have truly enjoyed delving into the creative process of adapting and choreographing a large-scale ballet and have been inspired by Florence Nightingale’s drive and passion.”
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