English National Ballet (1×60′) – With unique access to one of the country’s most respected and successful arts institutions, this documentary profiles the English National Ballet in its 60th anniversary year as it strives for success and survival and endeavours to attract a larger, more varied audience.
Like the rest of the world, the elite ballet touring company faces potentially its toughest 12 months since it was founded in 1950, as the economic downturn takes its toll. Box office success is vital and everything rests on the success of high profile productions like Swan Lake and the challenging end of year run of the newly-staged Nutcracker.
Individual dreams are realised and shattered every day as young dancers from an extraordinary range of backgrounds compete for the principal roles. From the rehearsal room to the boardroom to the magical first night, this film follows the main players within English National Ballet over an industry-defining year.
Producer: Tiger Aspect Productions
TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011
Source: BBC Press Office