The sputtering stop-start of lockdown measures in the U.K. has wiped most of the 2020 dance season from the calendar, including a few live holiday performances that were optimistically (and, in hindsight, unrealistically) scheduled this autumn, like a bill of world premieres from English National Ballet. But it’s the year of make-do, and few companies have the leadership and resources to salvage so much from the wreckage as ENB, who swiftly rejigged those new works into a series of pay-per-view films for homebound audiences. It might be an emergency stopgap, but the digital programme works hard to capture the versatility of ENB’s dancers and dancemakers. It also underscores their resilience in the face of unprecedented (and ongoing) interruption.
Fernanda Oliveira and Fabian Reimair in Russell Maliphant's Echoes. Image courtesy of English National Ballet