English National Ballet launches Ballet on Demand and BalletActive

English National Ballet -Lest We Forget -Dust by Akram Khan. Photo by Ash

English National Ballet’s dedicated on-demand video platform, ENB at Home, is now available to stream your favourite ballets at home.

ENB at Home offers two services, Ballet on Demand which features world class ballet productions available to rent for 72 hours; and BalletActive, which offers a variety of ballet-based classes, available by subscription.

In November and December, Ballet on Demand will host the world premieres of five pieces created for English National Ballet’s new digital season.

Filmmaker Amy Becker-Burnett has worked with choreographer Arielle Smith to create the energetic, old movie musical inspired, Jolly Folly; Shaun James Grant has collaborated with Stina Quagebeur on Take Five Blues, a response to Bach’s Vivace and Paul Desmond’s jazz standard, Take Five; Michael Nunn and William Trevitt have teamed up with Russell Maliphant on a mesmerising piece which uses light as an integral partner; and Thomas James has worked on the creation of two films, Laid in Earth which sees a ‘torn apart’ quartet from choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Senseless Kindness choreographed by Yuri Possokhov and based on Vasily Grossman’s great novel, Life and Fate.

English National Ballet’s Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo CBE, said: “Amongst the challenges of 2020, we have been able to find opportunity for creation and collaboration. It’s been fascinating to see these filmmakers and choreographers work together, sharing their talent and blending their artistry, in the creation of five very diverse and beautiful films.”

Available now on Ballet on Demand are Akram Khan’s award-winning Giselle and the epic pirate adventure Le Corsaire, both of which were recorded specifically for screen, as well as selections from the Company’s archives including Akram Khan’s poignant reflection on the First World War, Dust and one of the jewels of Romantic ballet, La Sylphide. 

Building on the popular series of classes which ENB made available online during lockdown BalletActive continues to give people the opportunity to actively engage with ballet-based exercise from home with a monthly or annual subscription-based class programme.

A wide variety of classes appealing to a range of levels will feature, including technique masterclasses from members of ENB’s own Artistic team, Renato Paroni de Castro and Mayumi Ganley; professional level classes from Artistic Director Tamara Rojo; yoga sessions to complement ballet practice; exercises designed especially for small spaces, contemporary dance for beginners and much more.

Ballet on Demand
72hr rentals from £4.99, no subscription required
Stream to your favourite devices
Premiere dates for the digital season and further archive titles to be announced soon

Ballet Active
7-day free trial then £9.99 a month, cancel anytime; or £99.99 for an annual plan
Stream to your favourite devices