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DANCE ‣ Tamara Rojo’s Raymonda shortlisted for the FEDORA VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

Tamara Rojo’s new Raymonda celebrates the classics while evolving the artform.

Image: Tamara Rojo CBE. Photo © Karolina Kuras

Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director of English National Ballet, has taken inspiration from the ground-breaking spirit of Florence Nightingale and the women who supported the war effort in Crimea to create a new version of the classic story ballet, Raymonda.

This adaptation keeps the best of the 19th-century original – its glorious and sensuous score by Alexander Glazunov and the classical choreography of ballet genius Marius Petipa – and updates it with a dramatic new story, introducing a heroine in command of her own destiny.

The original Raymonda is very rarely performed in the UK, where no dance company performs it in its entirety. This new version marks Tamara Rojo’s first foray into directing and choreographing, building on her illustrious career as dancer and artistic director.

Read more about Tamara Rojo and Raymonda at

A co-production between English National Ballet and Finnish National Ballet



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