English National Ballet dancing on London City Island
English National Ballet are moving into its new and recently completed home on London City Island. The cultural anchor in London's newest neighbourhood in East London is five minutes from Stratford, where the new Sadler's Wells, V&A and London College of Fashion are opening.
The ballet company says that the new facilities are' transformational' and gives it the space to develop world-class artists, creating outstanding ballet for the future.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, facilities cover 93,000 square feet with rehearsal studios, a lecture theatre, gym and green room. There is also a costume workshop with dye and shoe room, public access, cafe and exhibition space.
ENB Artistic Director, Tamara Rojo, CBE who led the design process said:
'I truly believe that this is the best ballet centre in the world, which will transform the way ballet is created and open up the creative process to the audience.
'Our ambition is to be the most exciting and creative ballet company in the UK and the world, performing classical ballet to the highest standards, cherishing and refreshing the classical repertoire as well as introducing new work.
The project is also home to the English National Ballet School and the layout of the building is designed to connect the two organisations for the first time.
ENB has a long and distinguished history. Founded in 1950, it is one of the UK's leading arts organisations and one of the foremost touring companies in Europe.