Wayne Eagling resigns from English National Ballet

The English National Ballet has announced the resignation of the artistic director, Wayne Eagling.

News of his departure (which will take place in August) follows that of the Australian, Craig Hassall, the managing director, who left the company early last month to join the entertainment impresario, Raymond Gubbay.

I interviewed Eagling one month ago in London. He showed no sign that he was resigning, telling me of future plans for the company and his plan to visit Australia in June.

Eagling was appointed artistic director at the end of 2005, six months after Hassall’s appointment.

Tensions between them led to the relatively recent resignation of ENB director, Australian-born Carole McPhee.

There were signs that Eagling would leave ENB last year, but the problems were temporarily smoothed over.

The company has contracted to send 22 members of ENB (including stars Daria Klimentova and Vadim Muntagirov) to Sydney this winter where they are to perform at the Concourse in Chatswood.

This tour was the result of discussions between Eagling, Maina Gielgud (ENB’s artistic adviser), Greg Khoury, executive director of the Concourse, and Sue Davidson, formerly a colleague of Gielgud’s at the Australian Ballet.

I’ll be writing more on the background to this story tomorrow.

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Wayne Eagling with Daria Klimentova, English National Ballet, photo © Bex Singleton

Wayne Eagling with Daria Klimentova, English National Ballet, photo © Bex Singleton