Tamara Rojo steps down at English National Ballet

English National Ballet’s artistic director Tamara Rojo is to leave later this year after ten years leading the company.

The Spanish-born dancer will take up a similar post at San Francisco Ballet where her husband, Isaac Hernandez, has been appointed principal dancer.

Rojo has led a small revolution at ENB, introducing ground-breaking works into the  repertoire with more than 40 works choreographed by women.  She is credited with giving the company a new international presence with innovative commissions such as Akram Khan’s Giselle. Later this month she is to make her choreographic and directorial debut with Raymonda, her first full-length ballet, at the London Coliseum.

In 2019 she moved the company to the new Mulryan Centre for Dance in East London, just weeks before the pandemic struck during which ENB had to furlough 85% of its workforce and many, including Rojo, took pay cuts.

 

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