August 11, 2019, Queen Mary 2.
This Transatlantic Crossing will offer an up-close and personal perspective of the elegant magic the English National Ballet creates on stage – and the effort that goes into it.
Guests will be joined on board by six ballet dancers, including lead principal Erina Takahashi and first soloist James Streeter. Watch their morning ballet class and drop in on afternoon rehearsals. Spectacular performances will take place in Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theater, with extracts from the enthralling classic Swan Lake, the poignant contemporary work Dust and the stunningly visual Le Corsaire - demonstrating the huge breadth of the company’s repertoire.
Take part in dance workshops throughout the week, with a fantastic opportunity to experience the joy of dancing and learn from professionals. There will also be insight talks, offering a fascinating understanding of the dedication and exhilaration of a dancer’s life, along with dance-themed movies and documentaries.
Special guests on board.
Erina Takahashi – Lead Principal.
James Streeter – First Soloist.
Rina Kanehara – Soloist.
Aitor Arrieta – Soloist.
Francesca Velicu – First Artist.
Daniel McCormick – Artist.
Dr. Merritt Moore.
Currently, Merritt works at the intersection of science and art, spearheading a movement which integrates the two at the highest caliber. Whether it be at the Barbican, Imagine Science Festival, or for the London Design Festival at the Victoria and Albert Museum, she creates state-of-the-art work that integrates quantum physics and dance in the form of VR movies, dance installations with robots, and online content.
Merritt has integrated her love for physics and dance for a TEDx talk at Oxford and for the international "Dance Your PhD" contest (and won the Physics category). She has organized a group of Science-Art-Sisters (aka SASters) and been on the organizing committee for the Oxford Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) UK 2016. She was awarded the title of one of the Top Ten College Women of 2010 by Glamor Magazine and the Suzanne Farrell Award at Harvard. She was awarded the Michael von Clemm Fellowship (awarded to only one Harvard student a year) to study at Oxford.