English National Ballet dancers in Tamara Rojo's Raymonda  © Johan Persson (5).jpg

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World famous American dancer Brooklyn Mack will be joining the English National Ballet as a principal during a performance of Raymonda at the Bristol Hippodrome this November.

This classical ballet, with original choreography by Marius Petipa of Swan Lake and Nutcracker fame, has one of the most glorious ballet scores ever written and is rarely performed in this country.

Reimagined by ENB artistic director and acclaimed ballerina Tamara Rojo, it is bursting with beautiful music, stunning set pieces and superb dancing.

The UK Tour is at the Bristol Hippodrome from Wednesday to Saturday, November 23- 26.

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Miss Rojo said: “English National Ballet is committed to bringing world class ballet to the widest possible audience and so I am particularly delighted to return to UK touring and to Bristol with Raymonda – and we can’t wait to perform for audiences at partner venues.

“Raymonda is a beautiful ballet, with extraordinary music, exquisite and intricate original choreography, but with a female lead who I felt deserved more agency in her own story.

“Working with my incredible creative team I have set Raymonda in a new historical setting to bring something unique, relevant and inspiring for audiences.

“This story is about many themes; duty, war, patriotism, culture, but at its centre are the nurse characters, inspired by Florence Nightingale’s vision, drive and passion.

“Reflecting on recent years we have seen how nurses and many others in the medical sector sacrifice so much to take care of people. I hope this, in some small way, pays homage to them.”

Updating the ballet’s setting to the Crimean war and drawing inspiration from the ground-breaking spirit and work of the women supporting the war effort, including Florence Nightingale, Raymonda is recast as a young woman with a calling to become a nurse.

Starring a huge cast of dancers, this critically acclaimed adaptation keeps the best of the 19th-century original including Alexander Glazunov’s score, adapted and edited by Gavin Sutherland and Lars Payne, which is performed live by English National Ballet Philharmonic.

Raymonda was first performed by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre on in January 1898 in St Petersburg, Russia. 

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Precious Adams as Sister Clemence in Tamara Rojo's Raymonda by English National Ballet  ©

Precious Adams as Sister Clemence in Tamara Rojo's Raymonda by English National Ballet  © Johan Persson

Shiori Kase and Jeffrey Cirio in Tamara Rojo's Raymonda by English National Ballet  © Joha

Shiori Kase and Jeffrey Cirio in Tamara Rojo's Raymonda by English National Ballet  © Johan Persson

Fernando Carratalá Coloma and Aitor Arrieta in Tamara Rojo's Raymonda by English National

Fernando Carratalá Coloma and Aitor Arrieta in Tamara Rojo's Raymonda by English National Ballet  © Johan Persson