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Total duration 2 h 55 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
12 performances
24.2.2023 – 23.3.2023
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-119 €

A journey into the heart of love and courage

The world famous dancer Tamara Rojo, artistic director of the English National Ballet, has created a new version of the iconic ballet, Raymonda. Set in the midst of the Crimean War, the production has been inspired by the story of the pioneer of nursing, Florence Nightingale, as well as other women who supported the war effort.

Suggested age guidance 7+.

“Raymonda is a serene experience with its beautiful sets and imaginative choreography. The choreography is strong in both delicate and dynamic scenes, and the new libretto presents a bold story.”

– The Stage 19.1.2022

Tickets to performances in spring 2023 will go on sale 4 October at noon.

Performances and tickets

2 h 55 min
2 intermissions (25 min)
12 performances
24.2.2023 – 23.3.2023
Ballets
Main Stage
tickets
20-119 €
Fri 24.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Tue 28.2.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Wed 1.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Fri 3.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Wed 8.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Thu 9.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Sat 11.3.2023
at 14:00
Main Stage
Wed 15.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Thu 16.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Sat 18.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Wed 22.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage
Thu 23.3.2023
at 19:00
Main Stage

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Synopsis

Britain is involved in the Crimean War. At home, Raymonda is reading news from the war and would like to participate in the effort. The son of family friends, John de Bryan, is saying his goodbyes before leaving for the front. Raymonda, too, decides to travel to the Crimean peninsula.

The soldiers wake up and head out of their camp towards the battle in Sevastopol. John and his friends are enthusiastic about finally joining in the action. Raymonda and the other nurses are treating the wounded at the camp. John wants to marry Raymonda before the battle and she accepts his proposal for the sake of compassion.

Suddenly officers of Britain’s allied armies arrive, including John’s friend, prince Abdur Rahman, an agha of the Ottoman Empire. John introduces Raymonda to Abdur and asks him to look after her while he is away.

Raymonda goes to bed and dreams of nurses dancing with dead soldiers. She dances with both John and Abdur. She is woken up, because Abdur is throwing a party to keep the soldiers’ morale, and the nurses are invited, too. Raymonda gets excited, but John’s scarf reminds her of their engagement.

At the party, the Ottoman peoples perform their traditional dances. Raymonda’s colleague, sister  Clemence, notices the attraction between Raymonda and Abdur. She tries to stop them from getting more intimate but eventually leaves as she realises her efforts are futile. Suddenly the party is interrupted by soldiers returning from the front, including John.

Raymonda and John are about to get married. One of the guests is Abdur, which makes Raymonda melancholic. At the wedding, Raymonda finally understands her destiny and makes a decision that will define her entire future.

The full synopsis can be found in the programme leaflet.

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Production photos: Johan Persson / English National Ballet

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From the crusades to the 19th century

Raymonda, which had its world premiere at the Russian Imperial Ballet in 1898, is set to Aleksander Glazunov’s glorious music. Choreographer Marius Petipa originally placed the story in the era of the crusades. The central character was a lady of nobility who had to choose between two suitors: a dependable and familiar knight and a fascinating stranger from afar.

Rojo has moved the events to the Crimean War years, enabling her to bring in more dramatic twists. Her updated choreography is based on Petipa’s original version, with dances added from 100-year-old dance notation and new elements that give credit to today’s dancers’ technical virtuosity. Rojo’s version premiered at the English National Ballet in London in January 2022.

Creative team

Direction, choreography
Tamara Rojo
Music
Alexander Glazunov
Conductor
Gavin Sutherland
Set design, costumes
Antony McDonald
Lighting design
Mark Henderson

Raymonda is a co-production of the English National Ballet and the Finnish National Ballet.

Tamara Rojo talks about preserving Petipa’s choreography

Tamara Rojo

Tamara Rojo and other choreographic team members talk about preserving Petipa’s choreography in the video by English National Ballet.

Listen to Raymonda

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