This morning, Tamara Rojo announced her vision for English National Ballet and plans for the upcoming season. Aged 22, she joined the company as a dancer and now 15 years on is taking the role of artistic director. Her focus will be in balancing the need for classic ballets with the creation of new works.
Rojo wants to "inspire, entertain, stimulate and challenge" old and new audiences alike, making ballet relevant and accessible to all. In the next few months, the company will perform Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker, with Rojo dancing as Aurora in the season's opening performance. In 2013, they will take on two mixed bills at the London Coliseum, including a diverse range of works from Petrushka to Petite Mort, as well as performing Swan Lake again at the Royal Albert Hall.
Rojo is highly ambitious and wants to make English National Ballet one of the "most creative and most loved" companies in the world. She is keen to develop young choreographers and has appointed George Williamson as associate artist. He will create My First Cinderella for students of English National Ballet School in the new year. Rojo also intends for the company to collaborate extensively with other artforms.
Rojo's only worry is the effect of decreasing arts funding in the UK. But if she is able to fundraise successfully and implement her vision, English National Ballet clearly has a bright future ahead.