Project information

The New English Ballet Theatre First Season

We are an innovative performance company created to showcase the wealth of young ballet, visual art, and artistic talent in the UK, and to develop the audience for innovative dance. Our first performances will be at the Peacock Theatre, London as part of "Sadler's Wells is Dance Spring/Summer 2012"

January 2012 - July 2012

Charity information: The New English Ballet Theatre

The New English Ballet Theatre
  • Need


    There is a lack of employment opportunities for most of the 150-200 dancers graduating from the leading UK arts vocational schools, only a few of whom are engaged by the major ballet companies. We have auditioned some excellent dancers, including some who might otherwise abandon their fledgling ballet careers or move overseas to work. This is despite the well-documented evidence that there is a vibrant and growing audience for innovative dance in the UK.


    The project will provide performance opportunities for 12 dancers and 4 apprentices, as well as a number of choreographers, musicians and technicians (lighting, sound, production), as well as the opportunity to work alongside established guest artists. We will also commission visual art in the form of projected theatre backdrops. The work of the Company will be substantially helpful to all the participants in terms of giving them current employment and advancing their careers.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Giving employment opportunities to young dancers, choreographers, artists and musicians


    » Putting on our first season programme at the Peacock Theatre (part of Sadler's Wells) in July, 2012

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by how well the careers of all the participants develop. We will give them every help and encouragement and, hopefully, future performance opportunities .

    Aim 2

    Growing the audience for innovative dance in the UK, especially among young people


    » Our first season programme will feature works by 6 choreographers set to a range of classical music scores, and featuring some live musicians.

    What success will look like

    Success will be.measured by the size of our audiences and the reviews we receive. We hope that there will be sufficient support for a second season in 2013.

  • Impact


    The project will bring another dimension to the overall ballet scene which risks becoming polarised between performances of traditional story ballets at one extreme, and abstract works set to ultra-modern electronic scores at the other. We will focus on the middle ground, performing ballets in the neoclassical style, set mostly to existing classical music scores and featuring exciting artwork, costumes and staging. Success will lie in demonstrating that we are fulfilling an unmet demand.


    Lack of funding in the current difficult climate may force us to make compromises in certain of the cost elements.We have a number of budgets based on different levels of funding, and are prepared to make compromises in certain areas (live musicians versus recorded music: smaller numbers of dancers: fixed lighting only versus a fixed/moving combination are three examples). We are confident we can put on a good show with the funds we have, but could stage a great show with additional backing.


    We already have a newsletter that goes out on a regular basis to our donors, including " Friends of NEBT", and which discusses not only our achievements, but also our challenges. We anticipate that if our First Season is successful we will be approaching donors for funding for subsequent seasons.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £285,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,000 Theatre Hire Theatre Hire
      £72,000 Administration Office costs, professional fees, PR
      £19,000 Operations Rehearsal Space, transportation
      £15,000 Box Office Box Office percentage
      £14,500 Technical Costs Peacock Theatre Technical Costs
      £29,500 Projection Costs Projection and Lighting
      £31,000 Dancers Dancers' fees
      £25,000 Choreographers Fees for choreographers and artists
      £57,000 Production Costs Fees and costs for technical support

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    D'Oyly Carte Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
    George Cadbury Foundation £5,000 Guaranteed
    Sir Christopher Ondaatje £13,000 Guaranteed
    Roger and Ingrid Pilkington Trust £7,500 Guaranteed
    Jan and Karen PilkingtonMiksa £10,000 Guaranteed
    Bircham DysonBell Charitable £1,500 Guaranteed
    Blyth Watson Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    De Laszlo Foundation £1,000 Guaranteed
    George Pilkington, Esq. £1,500 Guaranteed
    Friends of NEBT USA £5,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Performances will be at the Peacock Theatre, Holborn, London WC2 (six performances) and potentially at other theatres in London. Rehearsals will be in a Central London location to be decided, such as Danceworks, Balderton St, W1


    1) The performers (dancers, choreographers, artists, musicians) will benefit financially and in terms of their career development
    2) Audiences will be exposed to new ballets as well as music with which they may not previously have been familiar. Low-priced seats will be on offer to attract attendance by young people and those on low incomes.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are not aware of any other charity that is specifically sponsoring the employment and career development of young graduate dancers and choreographers, nor that has the artistic /educational objective of bringing ballets that interpret classical music to the attention of both existing ballet lovers and potential new audiences.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karen Pilkington-Miksa

    The Founding Principal and Trustee, Karen is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance, a choreographer and a former dancer.

    Ria Peri

    Ria Peri is Head of Dance for the company and was formerly a Principal Ballerina with the Royal Ballet.

    Sir Christopher Ondaatje

    Sir Christopher is a noted philanthropist and supporter of the arts, is a Patron of the company and serves on our Development Committee.

    Alistair Spalding

    As the CEO and Artistic Director of Sadler's Wells Theatres, he has lent invaluable support, advice and endorsement to the company.