English National Ballet is one of the world’s great ballet companies, which celebrated its 60th year in 2010. The original vision - to take classical ballet of the highest quality to the widest geographical audience, at a price everyone can afford - remains the cornerstone of the company’s philosophy today. The Company of 67 dancers and full orchestra performs large-scale, high-quality classical ballet nationally and internationally, presenting the same scale and excellence on tour as in London.
It is a truth widely acknowledged that you can never have too much sparkle on a dance costume. This has seldom been more apparent than in Strictly Gershwin, the English National Ballet’s intoxicating celebration of George Gershwin and the golden age of 1930s Hollywood music and dance. Spectacularly choreographed by Derek Dean, with costume design by Roberta di Bagno, the dancers wear dazzling outfits unstintingly trimmed with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, so that even the smallest body movement prompts a rippling shower of light.
It’s not the first time that Swarovski has gilded the theatrical wardrobes of a big production. They did it for Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (remember those twinkly red shoes?), and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. More recently, Christina Aguilera in Burlesque and Natalie Portman in Black Swan were also crystallized, along with ballets such at La Source at the Opéra national de Paris.