English National Ballet

Stina Quagebeur's Nora - a new ballet

ENB will partner with our own dancer and emerging choreographer Stina Quagebeur to create her debut for the main stage. Nora embodies our commitment to revitalising ballet, enriching it with fresh voices and opening up creative paths, ensuring it remains relevant for future generations.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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Campaign target

£40,000

Amount raised

£82,971

Donations

57

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Situation

The world of ballet choreography is disproportionately dominated by male artists, especially among those at the start of their career. This limits the diversity of the art form, leading to a creative world overly shaped by one viewpoint and missing the female perspective. The risk is not only to stifle the creative promise of exciting female choreographers, but also the failure to inspire the next generation of dancers and audiences to see ballet as a relevant art form that represents them.

Solution

In commissioning Stina Quagebeur, ENB will actively shine the spotlight on female talent, as part of our She Persisted triple bill. Using our platform as an award-winning, world-class company we will produce a high-quality ballet from a fresh new creative viewpoint. By adding an original, exciting piece to our repertoire, we will inspire audiences and our digital content, events and engagement projects will create a legacy of inspiration beyond the theatre.

  • When I was 3 years old, Swan Lake was on TV. I watched the whole 3 hour production and was completely captivated. A few years passed and ballet quickly became my world. I started creating and choreographing my own variations. I didn‚Äôt speak much as a child so dancing was my way of expressing myself.

    — Stina Quagebeur

  • ‚ÄúI had the idea for female choreographers four years ago before the current debate started. My original motive was simple: I had never done a piece by a female choreographer. In the theatre the dynamic of the piece is always from a male perspective.‚Äù

    — Tamara Rojo, of She Said in 2015

  • ‚ÄúCongratulations to Stina Quagebeur for bringing all aspects together, this was the best piece of the evening. With everybody noting the relative lack of female choreographers in ballet it‚Äôs good to see one doing so well and with a female subject to boot.‚Äù

    — Review of A Room in New York, part of ENB's Choreographics platform, from DanceTabs by Bruce Marriot

  • When I was 3 years old, Swan Lake was on TV. I watched the whole 3 hour production and was completely captivated. A few years passed and ballet quickly became my world. I started creating and choreographing my own variations. I didn’t speak much as a child so dancing was my way of expressing myself.

    — Stina Quagebeur

  • “I had the idea for female choreographers four years ago before the current debate started. My original motive was simple: I had never done a piece by a female choreographer. In the theatre the dynamic of the piece is always from a male perspective.”

    — Tamara Rojo, of She Said in 2015

  • “Congratulations to Stina Quagebeur for bringing all aspects together, this was the best piece of the evening. With everybody noting the relative lack of female choreographers in ballet it’s good to see one doing so well and with a female subject to boot.”

    — Review of A Room in New York, part of ENB's Choreographics platform, from DanceTabs by Bruce Marriot