p r o j e c t s

t h e   n u t c r a c k e r   b a l l   -   e n g l i s h   n a t i o n a l   b a l l e t


Program cover and costume design by Christial Lacroix

Markova House, 39 Jay Mews 
London, SW7-2ES, England

With HRH The Princess of Wales, after the premier of ENB's Nutcracker Ball at the Foreign Office, London, UK   


Finale of Burning Sun, the Chinese dance The English National Ballet (ENB), established in the 1950's, has a multi-faceted repertoire ranging from classics such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Giselle to works made popular by the Ballet Russes, as well as new works from the international repertoire. The company's major award-winning productions include Coppelia, Onegin, The Taming of the Shrew, and La Sylphide, as well as two different productions of Romeo and Juliet
In 1992, Pantelis Vassilakis was commissioned to create an original soundtrack for "The Nutcracker Ball", a special event to celebrate 100 years of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. He composed, recorded, and produced three pieces paying tribute to musical traditions from China, Near East, and Russia, and the ballet was performed by ENB's principle dancers and Wayne Sleep. The project explored the possibilities of a diverse musical ensemble that included traditional instruments from the musical tradition honored, a string orchestra, and a series of computer-controlled synthesizers. The audience (including Secretaries of State, the late HRH The Princess of Wales, TV reporters, and critics) gave the performance a warm and enthusiastic reception. The project was recognized by ENB and HRH The Princess of Wales for offering an original and fresh approach to the musical traditions involved. Its success led to a commission by the London Chinese Orchestra.
m u s i c
Burning Sun  / Colors  Rising