A joyous and uplifting ballet by the genius behind our stunning production of Romeo and Juliet. Kenneth MacMillan's Concerto
is one of his most popular works, in which sparkling displays of energy and virtuosity frame a warm and tender pas de deux of great beauty. How will we recognise true love? Especially if it arrives dressed as a buffoon? When a high society lady falls for a clown, everything she has ever known about love must be re-imagined. The Lady and the Fool
is a remarkably unsentimental but deeply passionate dance created by John Cranko, MacMillan's contemporary and friend, and another influential 20th-century choreographer. In the Upper Room
features dancers in trainers and striking red pointe shoes who dominate the stage with energy, flair and finesse in this exhilarating, athletic ballet by American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp. Philip Glass's score builds to an emotional peak with dancing that the press described as 'quick-witted and even quicker footed'. Birmingham Royal Ballet - Points of View - Concerto/The Lady and the Fool/In the Upper Room website
.Company Birmingham Royal Ballet. Music Shostakovich (Concerto). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Concerto). Costume Jurgen Rose (Concerto). Other Deborah MacMillan (Backcloth - Concerto). Lighting John B.Read (Concerto). Music Philip Glass (In the Upper Room). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (In the Upper Room). Costume Norma Kamali (In the Upper Room). Lighting Jennifer Tipton (In the Upper Room). Music Verdi (The Lady and the Fool). Music Charles Mackerras (music arrangement - The Lady and the Fool). Choreographer John Cranko (The Lady and the Fool). Other John Cranko (scenario - The Lady and the Fool). Design Kate Ford (The Lady and the Fool). Lighting Tim Mitchell (The Lady and the Fool).