It was a big year for Rambert and its artistic director Baldwin. The touring dance company finally got the keys to its new £20 million home on the South Bank, which had been 12 years in the planning. It will offer the company top-class rehearsal facilities. Onstage, it presented a superb – and varied – trilogy of works at Sadler’s Wells, which is now out on the road.
Alex Beard/Antonio Pappano/Kevin O’Hare
Another new face at the Royal Opera House in 2013, with Beard replacing Tony Hall as chief executive. It marked a second senior change in quick succession, coming after O’Hare’s promotion to lead the Royal Ballet. Still, this old cultural jewel continued to sparkle as brightly as ever.
John Berry/Edward Gardner
English National Opera may have had a few wobbles financially over the last few years, but artistically it has been firing on all cylinders. Highlights of 2013 included Simon McBurney’s superb Magic Flute, Carrie Cracknell making her ENO debut with Wozzeck, and Philip Glass’ The Perfect American.
Sleeping Beauty has continued a run of fine form for Bourne and was an appropriate way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his company, New Adventures. It toured throughout 2013, while his Swan Lake has become a festive stalwart. Bourne has done more to popularise modern dance than anyone else and is now a brand in his own right.
English National Ballet’s out-spoken and media-savvy artistic director Rojo is 18 months into the post and doing a fine job. Having pinched principal ballerina Alina Cojocaru from the Royal Ballet, ENB now boasts an impressive roster of talent. Highlights included a new staging of Le Corsaire. This year Rojo will reunite with Carlos Acosta to dance Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Albert Hall.