In partnership with the English National Ballet.

Bringing world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience.

Established in 1950 as Festival Ballet before rebranding as English National Ballet in 1989, English National Ballet (ENB) brings world-class classical ballet to the widest possible audience, delighting them with the traditional and inspiring them with the new. Under the leadership of Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, the Company stands for artistic excellence and creativity.

Cunard and English National Ballet have been in partnership since 2019, delivering the first ever special event voyage Dance the Atlantic. On land, Cunard is proud to sponsor some of the Company's most critically acclaimed productions, such as She Persisted in 2019 and Creature in 2021. In 2022 the partnership will present a brand new version of the classic ballet Raymonda and special event The Forsythe Evening.

Raymonda.

We are delighted to be Production Sponsors of English National Ballet’s highly anticipated adaptation of the classic story ballet, Raymonda, created by Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo. Keeping the best of its 19th-century original, this new version includes a dramatic new story, introducing a heroine in command of her own destiny. Introducing Tamara Rojo’s first foray into directing and choreographing, building on her illustrious career as a dancer and artistic director.

Raymonda premieres at the London Coliseum on January 13, 2022 and will open in Southampton on November 30, 2022.

The Forsythe Evening.

In 2018, choreographer William Forsythe and ENB dancers gave audiences a high when Playlist (Track 1, 2) premiered, juxtaposing ballet classicism and athleticism with the beats of neo-soul and house music. In 2022, it returns – now expanded into Playlist (EP) with up to 30 dancers on stage.

Rounding out the triple bill are two stunning works: Blake Works I, a soulful piece for 21 dancers set to seven songs from James Blake’s album The Colour in Anything; and Approximate Sonata 2016, a series of stripped-down duets reworked from a 1996 original piece.

We are proud to partner with ENB to honor this master choreographer, celebrating his enduring love for ballet.

Dance the Atlantic.

This special Transatlantic Crossing offered an up-close and personal perspective of the elegant magic English National Ballet creates on stage – and the effort that goes into it. Spectacular performances from six ENB dancers took place in Queen Mary 2’s Royal Court Theatre with extracts from the enthralling all-time classic Swan Lake, the poignant contemporary work Dust and the stunningly visual Le Corsaire – demonstrating the huge breadth of the company’s repertoire. Guests on board were invited to watch ENB’s morning ballet class and afternoon rehearsals, and took part in dance workshops throughout the week.

We are delighted that ‘Dance the Atlantic’ won the ‘Best Live Entertainment and Event Sponsorship’ 2020/2021 award at the UK Sponsorship Awards.

Creature goes global.

Following the success of Creature in its London debut, we are proud to continue supporting its international tour, premiering in Chicago at the Harris Theater in February 2022.

Creature is an unearthly tale of exploitation and human frontiers inspired by Georg Büchner’s expressionist classic Woyzeck, with shadows of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing on themes of abandonment, isolation and the fragility of the mind, Creature is the tale of an outsider and the search for belonging.

★★★★★ “Superb… A tight-wound drama that never lets up. [Khan] piles up themes and imagery into a monumental whole.” - The Independent

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