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Archive listings for Birmingham Royal Ballet

Work type: Dance or ballet.

Lazuli Sky - T0876757037

Birmingham Royal Ballet's triple bill, Lazuli Sky is Sadler's Wells' first socially-distanced public performance. Will Tuckett's hopeful and regenerative new piece for 12 dancers, is inspired by the birdsong and wind-shaped skies experienced during lockdown, once day to day noise disappeared. Lazuli Sky uses design and projection to create a socially distanced stage architecture, set to Shaker Loops by John Adams and played by a live string septet. Our Waltzes, performed by ten dancers is a Latin infused collection of neo-classical work celebrating love and passion by choreographer Vicente Nebrada is set to a score by 19th and 20th century Venezuelan composers. Wagner's powerful music from Tristan und Isolde inspires emotive and dextrous dance in choreographer Valery Panov's visceral Liebestod a powerful, athletic solo for the company's male principals. Accompanied by live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and one hour approximate running time. Lazuli Sky is the first one-act ballet commissioned and presented by Carlos Acosta as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
29 Oct 20 to 31 Oct 20Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0732388262

Mixed Programme: Theme and Variations/Chacona/New Cardim - T357380729

Choreographer George Balanchine (Theme and Variations). Music Ilyrich Tchaikovsky (Theme and Variations). Design Peter Farmer (Theme and Variations). Lighting Peter Teigen (Theme and Variations). Choreographer Goyo Montero (Chacona). Music Sebastian Bach (Chacona). Costume Verena Hemmerlein (Chacona). Choreographer Daniela Cardim (New Cardim). Music Paul Englishby (New Cardim). Design April Dalton (New Cardim). Lighting Peter Teigen (New Cardim).
10 Jun 20 to 13 Jun 20Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01627242969
15 Feb 20Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
listing details L01604501672

A Valentine's Celebration of Music and Dance - T1050371639

Celebrate your Valentine's weekend in the company of Birmingham Royal Ballet's world-class dancers and its internationally acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
15 Feb 20Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
listing details L0716855602

An Eveninng of Music and Dance - T461694874

14 Feb 20Symphony Hall, Birmingham :: V148
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8 Nov 19 to 9 Nov 19Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
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15 Feb 19Symphony Hall, Birmingham :: V148
listing details L686658779

Peter and the Wolf - T0111673261

Especially for families and younger audiences, Birmingham Royal Ballet will present a programme which includes a danced performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, and an orchestral performance of Tubby the Tuba - introduced and narrated by Birmingham Royal Ballet's own storyteller. The performance will also feature the famous and well-loved pas de deux from The Nutcracker.
9 Nov 19Grand Opera House, Belfast :: V548
listing details L405845722

New Lister/The Suit/Nine Sinatra Songs - T654527851

Company Birmingham Royal Ballet. Company Queensland Ballet (New Lister). Choreographer Jack Lister (New Lister). Music Tom Harrold (New Lister). Design Thomas Mika (New Lister). Lighting Alex Berlage (New Lister). Choreographer Cathy Marston (The Suit). Music Philip Feeney (The Suit). Design Jane Heather (The Suit). Lighting David Plater (The Suit). DramaturgEdward Kemp (The Suit). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (Nine Sinatra Songs). Other Frank Sinatra (Nine Sinatra Songs - songs sung by). Design Santo Loquasto (original design - Nine Sinatra Songs). Costume Oscar de la Renta (Nine Sinatra Songs). Lighting Jennifer Tipton (Nine Sinatra Songs).
29 Oct 19 to 30 Oct 19Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1617182097
19 Sep 19 to 21 Sep 19Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0550060206

Hobson's Choice - T0218771840

Behind the scenes at a shoeshop in Edwardian Salford, headstrong Maggie manages to ditch her drunkard dad, and find success in both love and business. With choreography by David Bintley, and a score by Paul Reade, played live by Royal Ballet Sinfonia and influenced by music hall, opera and brass bands, Hobson's Choice is a gleefully comedic modern classic.Choreographer David Bintley. Music Paul Reade. Company Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
28 Jun 19 to 29 Jun 19Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0960872741

[Un]leashed - T01209210217

Following the success of Arcadia last year, comes a new work from Ruth Brill, first artist with the company and choreographer. Peter and the Wolf fuses ballet with urban influences for a contemporary take on Sergei Prokofiev's original. For the third Ballet Now commission Didy Veldman creates a new work set to a score by Gabriel Prokofiev. Jessica Lang's surprising Lyric Pieces, with its ingenious giant folding props, and beautiful piano music from Edvard Grieg, receives its first London revival.Choreographer Didy Veldman. Music Gabriel Prokofiev. Music Jessica Lang. Music Edvard Grieg.
25 Jun 19 to 26 Jun 19Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0451585874

Ballet's Class on Stage - T0594668367

Ever wondered what a ballet dancer does to prepare for a day of rehearsal and performance? This is your chance to watch an open company class on stage and find out. Free to BRB Friends.
9 Mar 19Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L0345733776

First Steps - T509863217

This hour-long, interactive show, specially adapted for children aged from three to seven, features ballet excerpts from Aladdin, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet's amazing dancers and orchestra, interspersed with scenes in which a storyteller introduces the children to the music and the leading characters, and shares some technical magic. A feast of dance, music, costumes and lots of fun, this is a perfect introduction to ballet.
8 Mar 19Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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12 Oct 18Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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23 Mar 18Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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27 Oct 17Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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Fire & Fury: The King Dances/Ignite - T964722328

Two incredible ballets, one from established choreographer, Director David Bintley, and one from a choreographer working on this scale for the first time, Juanjo Arques. When young King Louis XIV of France danced the role of the Sun God in a spectacular court entertainment he earned himself the soubriquet The Sun King. In The King Dances, David Bintley casts a modern eye on the very beginnings of ballet, when men were kings of dance. As part of Birmingham Royal Ballet's innovative Ballet Now programme, Juanjo Arqu?s's Ignite, inspired by Turner's painting The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons, receives its world premiere in Birmingham.Choreographer David Bintley (The King Dances). Music Stephen Montague (The King Dances). Design Katrina Lindsay (The King Dances). Lighting Peter Mumford (The King Dances). Choreographer Juanjo Arques (Ignite). Music Kate Whitley (Ignite). Design Tatyana Vann Walsum (Ignite). Lighting Bert Dalhuysen (Ignite). DramaturgFabienne Vegt (Ignite).
30 Oct 18 to 31 Oct 18Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0510047740
9 Oct 18 to 10 Oct 18Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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3 Oct 18 to 6 Oct 18Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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In the Upper Room - T01256573249

Mixed programme.
20 Jun 18 to 23 Jun 18Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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In the Upper Room Mixed Programme - T01184839297

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Sadler's Wells in June 2018 with a mixed programme that includes In the Upper Room, one of American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp's most iconic ballets, Kin., created for the company by former member Alexander Whitley, and a new ballet commissioned from choreographer George Williamson as part of Ballet Now. Quick-witted and even quicker footed, In the Upper Room is an exhilarating, athletic ballet in which dancers in sneakers and striking red pointe shoes dominate the stage with energy, flair and finesse. Alexander Whitley's Kin. is an athletic, abstract piece danced to a pulsing, hypnotic score by Phil Kline, played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Kin. celebrates the raw kinetics of dance, the virtuosity of ballet technique and the potential for movement to bring us together in different ways.
15 Jun 18 to 16 Jun 18Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L076370890

Class on Stage - T0925902746

Ever wondered what a ballet dancer does to prepare for a day of rehearsal and performance? This is your chance to watch an open Company class on stage and find out. Free to BRB Friends.
24 Mar 18Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L01628989927

An Evening of Music and Dance - T1373237149

Birmingham Royal Ballet make a long-awaited return to Northampton with An Evening Of Music And Dance, featuring popular orchestral classics alongside highlights from the world of ballet. The company's acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, share the stage with some of the leading dancers for an evening that includes show-stopping pas de deux and other short excerpts from the repertory, alongside spectacular music.
20 Jan 18Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
listing details L1888267148

Arcadia/Le Baiser de la fee/Still Life at the Penguin Cafe - T01234628475

A triple bill of new and much loved pieces, beginning with Arcadia - the ancient god Pan is unleashed in Birmingham Royal Ballet's first artist Ruth Brill's new work, with a new score by saxophonist John Harle. Michael Corder's Le Baiser de la f?e is a beautiful interpretation of this classic fairy-tale. Finally, a morris-dancing flea, a ballroom-dancing ram and many more endangered animals seek shelter from the storm at the Penguin Cafe
3 Nov 17 to 4 Nov 17Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1567459604

Aladdin - T01235168909

A cave of riches is waiting to be explored in David Bintley's glittering production of the classic story of Aladdin and his adventures with the magic lamp. Featuring lavish sets and costumes, stunning special effects, beautiful choreography and a larger-than-life Chinese lion, and also boasts a score by BAFTA awardwinning composer Carl Davis, played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, and dazzling designs from Dick Bird and Sue Blane.
31 Oct 17 to 4 Nov 17Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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27 Sep 17 to 30 Sep 17Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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20 Sep 17 to 23 Sep 17The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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Kenneth Mac Millan: a National Celebration - Concerto - T1467336297

Concerto marked the start of a new phase in Kenneth MacMillan's career. He had recently become director of Berlin's Deutsche Oper Ballet, and was keen to redefine the company and showcase its full range. He selected a score of youthful vivacity - Dmitry Shostakovich's Piano Concerto no.2 in F, which was created to mark the 19th birthday of the composer's son. Concerto was greeted with a standing ovation on its premiere in 1966 and MacMillan received immediate performance requests from ballet companies worldwide. MacMillan's choreography complements the precision and invention of Shostakovich's score perfectly. In the energetic first movement, the corps de ballet marches en pointe in unison, in response to a military flourish in the music. A slow, sensuous Andante follows, featuring a pas de deux that was inspired by seeing Lynn Seymour, MacMillan's friend and muse, warming up at the barre. The final movement brings the work to a spirited close, with a large corps de ballet dancing with quick, joyous steps. Jurgen Rose's bright designs confirm the ballet's warmth and energy.Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Music Dmitry Shostakovich. Design Jurgen Rose. Lighting John B Read.
18 Oct 17 to 19 Oct 17Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L01609365240

Baiser Triple Bill - T1838456189

22 Jun 17 to 24 Jun 17Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L01433297684

Solitaire/5 Tangos/Pineapple Poll - T44351247

In Kenneth MacMillan's Solitaire, a beautifully English ballet, we inhabit a lone girl's imagination as she dreams up playmates for herself. Set to composer Malcolm Arnold's rip-roaring English Dances, it features stunning period design. In contrast, Hans van Manen's 5 Tangos translates Astor Piazzolla's fiery and passionate music into powerful Latin-inspired ballet. Finally, in Pineapple Poll, a gaggle of girls fall in love with the dashing captain of HMS Hot Cross Bun, so dress up as sailors and sneak aboard. Despite the ensuing chaos, it all ends well in this thoroughly ?Gilbert and Sullivan' affair!Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Solitaire). Music Malcolm Arnold (Soltaire). Choreographer Astor Piazzolla (5 Tangos). Music Hans van Manen (5 Tangos).
12 May 17 to 13 May 17Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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9 May 17 to 10 May 17Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
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Arcadia/Wink/Moors Pavane - T169902156

Birmingham Royal Ballet's sparkling triple bill celebrates the power of storytelling alongside the versatility and virtuosity of the Company's world-class dancers. Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane distils the passion and tension of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focused on four characters and their jealousy. In the beautiful Wink, danced to music and the spoken word, Jessica Lang captures the poetry of five Shakespearean Sonnets. Finally, in Arcadia the ancient god Pan is unleashed, as Birmingham Royal Ballet's Ruth Brill makes her first commissioned piece to a new score composed by renowned saxophonist John Harle.
12 May 17 to 13 May 17Hall for Cornwall, Truro :: V1183
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9 May 17 to 10 May 17Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
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5 May 17 to 6 May 17Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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The Tempest and Shakespeare Triple Bill - T420136047

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents an evening of work to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. David Bintley's new ballet, The Tempest, conjures Prospero's magical isle from Shakespeare's final work. At once enchanting and elemental, this is the powerful story of a man determined to right past wrongs. Birmingham Royal Ballet's second programme begins with Jos? Limon's The Moor's Pavane, a one-act tragedy of Othello, followed by the Shakespeare Suite, which sees Bintley set the Bard's best-loved characters to a swinging Duke Ellington score. The evening ends with Jessica Lang's new one-act ballet Wink, inspired by the poetry of Shakespeare's sonnets.Music Sally Beamish. Design Rae Smith.
20 Oct 16 to 22 Oct 16Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
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13 Oct 16 to 15 Oct 16Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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10 Oct 16 to 11 Oct 16Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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4 Oct 16Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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The Taming of the Shrew - T01408762168

In this sparkling comedy, independent and tempestuous Kate gives her suitor Petruchio considerably more than he bargained for. Cranko breathes new life into this witty battle of the sexes, set to a sparkling baroque score by Domenico Scarlatti, and achieves a memorable and truly funny mix of comedy, romance and bravura dancing.Choreographer John Cranko. Music Domenico Scarlatti.
29 Jun 16 to 2 Jul 16Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol :: V856
listing details L0942852726

Wink/Romeo and Juliet excerpts/The Dream/The Taming of the Shrew/The Moor's Pavane - T623796534

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to York performing an illuminating mix of works inspired by Shakespeare, which showcase the range and beauty of ballet. The programme starts with Jessica Lang's new Wink, a one-act ballet that captures the poetry of Shakespeare's sonnets. Then comes a series of excerpts from best-loved ballets including Romeo and Juliet (the romantic balcony pas de deux), The Dream (pas de deux), and The Taming of the Shrew (the fiery fight pas de deux). Lastly, The Moor's Pavane distills the passion and drama of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focussed on four characters and their jealousy. This thrilling programme showcases the versatility of the Company's world-class dancers and features live accompaniment by the acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
13 May 16 to 14 May 16Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L01413082071

Ashton Double Bill - T76002515

Choreographer Ashton.
18 Feb 16 to 20 Feb 16Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L984649050

Triple Bill: The King Dances/Theme and Variations/Enigma Variations - T01574010227

In this Triple Bill Director David Bintley's newest work is The King Dances, which re-imagines the very beginnings of ballet, when men were quite literally, the kings of dance. Theme and Variations is a joyous ballet. With its thrilling Tchaikovsky music, it has delighted audiences all over the world. Enigma Variations was Elgar's springboard to fame, containing such famous pieces as the majestic 'Nimrod'. The piece is a series of musical and balletic sketches with Elgar's friends and Ashton's choreography giving new life to each character. This work will be shown alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet's Swan Lake, set to Tchaikovsky's legendary score.
30 Oct 15 to 31 Oct 15Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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16 Oct 15 to 17 Oct 15Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Sylvia - T1882489218

A humorous trip through time to learn valuable lessons in love. Count Guiccioli's infidelities cause marital strife between him and his wife and threaten both their anniversary celebration and the burgeoning love between Amynta and Sylvia, their servants. It is left to the God of Love, Eros (in disguise as a gardener), to reconcile their differences as he takes them, and us, back to the age of mythical Rome in order to teach them all a lesson about Love. David Bintley's time-hopping comedy features music by L?o Delibes, the composer of Copp?lia, and a colourful cast of Gods and Goddesses, slave girls and pirates. Tchaikovsky wrote of Delibes' score, that his own music for Swan Lake was 'poor stuff' in comparison.Music Delibes. Choreographer David Bintley. Design Sue Blane. Lighting Mark Jonathan.
24 Jun 15 to 27 Jun 15Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L962285861

Les Rendezvous/Kin/Elite Syncopations - T1615992279

Ashton's Les Rendezvous is flirtatious and lighter than air, an irresistibly charming showcase of pure dance technique. Kin., by Alexander Whitley, is an athletic, abstract piece danced to a pulsing, hypnotic score by Phil Kline. And in Elite Syncopations, a dance hall bursts to colourful life with jazz syncopation and a whirl of waltzes and cakewalks. One of MacMillan's best-loved creations, Elite Syncopations is flashy and laugh-out-loud funny.Choreographer Ashton (Les Rendezvous). Choreographer Alexander Whitley (Kin). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Sir - Elite Syncopations). Music Phil Kline (Kin). Company Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
21 May 15 to 23 May 15Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
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Les Rendezvous/Kin/Elite Syncopations - T01536905415

Les Rendezvous - A huge hit when it was first performed in 1933, Les Rendezvous was the first ballet in which Ashton concentrated on pure technique. Loosely based round a group of friends meeting up in a park, the ballet gives the whole cast the chance to show off their talent. Kin - An exciting new ballet from former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer, Alexander Whitley. The ballet, to music by young American composer Phil Kline, will receive its premiere at the 2013 International Dance Festival Birmingham. Not to be missed! Elite Syncopations - A completely stripped back theatre bursts into life as dancers in brilliantly coloured costumes gather for a dance competition in one of Kenneth MacMillan's best-loved creations. A rag-time band play old favourites to accompany a string of sketches, as each dancer at the competition takes their turn.Choreographer Frederick Ashton. Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Choreographer Alexander Whitley.
19 May 15 to 20 May 15Grand Opera House, York :: V957
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16 May 14 to 17 May 14Hall for Cornwall, Truro :: V1183
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9 May 14 to 10 May 14Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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Moving Stateside: Serenade/Lyric Pieces/In the Upper Room - T2083115437

Three ballets spanning nearly a century of US creativity, from George Balanchine's earliest American creation to one of the Company's most recent commissions. Serenade - is a stunning piece of pure dance from master-choreographer George Balanchine, performed to the glorious music of Tchaikovsky. Wearing romantic costumes in shades of blue, dancers move elegantly on a bare stage, set against a midnight blue background. A milestone in the history of dance, Serenade is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America. Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces, commissioned for International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012, was one of the highlights of that season and makes a welcome return. For her first piece for a major European company, award-winning American choreographer Lang used the romantic musical miniatures by Norwegian master Edvard Grieg and complemented them with a hand-picked design team, creating a ballet which The Stage described as 'a ballet of dreams and romantic moods which succeeds beautifully'. 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'. A high-octane, all-American evening!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 Grieg (Lyric Pieces). Choreographer Jessica Lang (Lyric Pieces). Costume Elena Comendador (Lyric Pieces). Lighting Nicole Pearce (Lyric Pieces). Music Tchaikovsky (Serenade). Choreographer George Balanchine (Serenade). Other Patricia Neary (staging - Serenade). Costume Karinska (Serenade). Lighting Peter Teigen (Serenade).
24 Mar 15 to 25 Mar 15Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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18 Feb 15 to 21 Feb 15Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1333850076

Carmina Burana and Serenade - T1769807705

Music Carl Orff (Carmina Burana). Choreographer David Bintley (Carmina Burana). Design Philip Prowse (Carmina Burana). Lighting Peter Mumford (Carmina Burana). Choreographer George Balanchine (Serenade). Music Tchaikovsky (Serenade for Strings).
19 Mar 15 to 21 Mar 15London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L47893432

Beauty and the Beast - T01312360921

In Beauty and the Beast, a cruel Prince, cursed to spend his life living in a castle finds salvation in the heart of a beautiful girl. The girl, a hideous beast, a golden ballroom full of animals, two haughty sisters and a grumpy grandmother dance through the unfolding pages of Philip Prowse's stunning storybook set. To a score by Glenn Buhr, rich choreography brings to life magical transformations, wild waltzes, and a relationship that is at first terrifying, but ultimately beautiful. Running time: 2hrs 10mins (inclu. two 20 min intervals).Music Glenn Buhr. Choreographer David Bintley. Design Philip Prowse. Lighting Mark Jonathan.
6 Nov 14 to 8 Nov 14Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
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30 Oct 14 to 1 Nov 14Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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14 Oct 14 to 16 Oct 14Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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30 Sep 14 to 4 Oct 14Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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24 Sep 14 to 27 Sep 14The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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Shadows of War: La Fin du jour/Miracle in the Gorbals/Flowers of the Forest - T082332248

Three one-act ballets each touched in some way by war. Kenneth MacMillan's La Fin du jour captures the glamorous 'la plage' lifestyle of the depression era. A group of trendy, bright young things while away their days with swimming, golf and new-fangled aeroplanes. They studiously ignore the looming threat of war which will eventually call time on their careless enjoyment and high spirits. Robert Helpmann's (Royal Ballet dancer and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) 1944 ballet Miracle in the Gorbals was a great leap forward for British ballet. Set in a run-down and dangerous Glasgow suburb, it dispensed with all the frippery of traditional ballets, replacing it with a gritty realism that proved an enormous success. After the shock of a girl's suicide, the arrival of a mysterious stranger who is able to bring her back to life creates waves among the violent inhabitants of the tenements. This ground-breaking dance drama is being re-created by Dame Gillian Lynne (a member of the original cast), using original set designs by Edward Burra, a leading 20th-century British artist. David Bintley's Flowers of the Forest is a ballet in two parts. Set to music by Malcolm Arnold,'Four Scottish Dances' presents a light-hearted and nostalgic, 'picture postcard' view of Scotland, whilst 'Scottish Ballad' strikes a more serious note, and is danced to a folk-inspired score by the young Benjamin Britten. The composer's pacifist views found voice in this piece, which takes its title from the famous ballad for the flower of Scottish youth slain on Flodden Field.Music Malcolm Arnold (Flowers of the Forest). Music Benjamin Britten (Flowers of the Forest). Choreographer David Bintley (Flowers of the Forest). Costume Jan Blake (Flowers of the Forest). Lighting Peter Teigen (Flowers of the Forest). Music Maurice Ravel (La Fin du jour). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Flowers of the Forest). Design Ian Spurting (Flowers of the Forest). Lighting John B. Read (Flowers of the Forest). Music Arthur Bliss (Miracle in the Gorbals). Choreographer Gilian Lynne (Miracle in the Gorbals after Robert Helpmann). Other Michael Benthall (Miracle in the Gorbals - scenario). Design Adam Wiltshire (Miracle in the Gorbals after Edward Burra). Lighting Peter Teigen (Miracle in the Gorbals).
28 Oct 14 to 29 Oct 14Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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8 Oct 14 to 11 Oct 14Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Shadows of War - T01677344662

Shadows of War opens with Kenneth MacMillan's La Fin du Jour, capturing the glamorous lifestyle of the 1930s wealthy, using Maurice Ravel's score to create an elegy to a lifestyle lost to World War II. Miracle in the Gorbals has been specially re-created for the company by Dame Gillian Lynne, from Robert Helpmann's original work set in 1940s Glasgow and danced to music by Sir Arthur Bliss. The programme closes with David Bintley's Flowers of the Forest; with music by Malcolm Arnold and Benjamin Britten, it contrasts picture-postcard Scotland with its own bloody history.
17 Oct 14 to 18 Oct 14Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1413973165

South tour Spring 2014: Les Rendezvous/Kin/Elite Syncopations - T132770783

This breathtaking programme presents a thrilling programme featuring works by two of the greats of British ballet, Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan, alongside an exciting new work from upcoming choreographer Alexander Whitley, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. LES RENDEZVOUS - A huge hit when it was first performed in 1933, Les Rendezvous was the first ballet in which Ashton put aside the comedy for which he was known and concentrated on pure technique. Loosely based round a group of friends meeting up in a park, the ballet is a series of fiercly difficult divertissements which give the whole cast the chance to show off their virtuosity. KIN - An exciting new ballet from Royal Opera House Choreographic Affiliate, Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate and former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer, Alexander Whitley. The ballet, to music by young American composer Phil Kline, will receive its premiere at the 2014 International Dance Festival Birmingham. Not to be missed! ELITE SYNCOPATIONS - A completely stripped back theatre bursts into life as dancers in brilliantly coloured costumes gather for a dance competition. An equally vibrant rag-time band play old favourites from Scott Joplin and his contemporaries to accompany a string of sketches, spanning the dazzling, the witty and the touching, as each dancer at the competition takes their turn. One of his best-loved creations, Kenneth MacMillan's Elite Syncopations is certain to leave you smiling.Music Scott Joplin (Elite Syncopations). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Elite Syncopations). Design Ian Spurtling (Elite Syncopations). Lighting John B. Read (Elite Syncopations). Music Phil Kline (Kin). Choreographer Alexander Whitley (Kin). Design Jean-Marc Puissant (Kin). Lighting Peter Teigen (Kin). Music Daniel Auber (Les Rendezvous). Music Constant Lambert (arranged and orchestrated) - Les Rendezvous). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Les Rendezvous). Design Anthony Ward (Les Rendezvous). Lighting Peter Teigen (Les Rendezvous).
20 Jun 14 to 21 Jun 14Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe :: V749
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The King Dances/Carmina burana - T699139457

Marking Director David Bintley's 20th year with Birmingham Royal Ballet, this programme contrasts his acclaimed Carmina burana from 1995 with his latest work, The King Dances. In 1653 the 14-year-old Louis XIV of France danced the role of Apollo the sun god in Le Ballet de la nuit, and earned himself forever the soubriquet the Sun King. In The King Dances, David Bintley re-imagines the very beginnings of ballet, when men were quite literally, the kings of dance. In Carmina burana, the first ballet Bintley created for the Company as Director, an encounter with the mind-blowing Goddess Fortuna deals three seminarians a major lesson in the fickle nature of fate. Compelled to abandon their sacred studies to pursue a more sensual approach to life, forbidden pleasures and physical temptations quickly become the young men's most eager areas of revision. Soon the young celebrants are soaring with passion, love and alcohol. Carmina burana is a thrilling, large-scale production, danced to Carl Orff's dramatic and emotionally charged choral music, for which the Royal Ballet Sinfonia are joined by Birmingham's Ex Cathedra. Inspired by the satirical writings of medieval priests, Orff's rousing choral tour de force is a feast in its own right. Bintley's breathtaking choreography ensures an unforgettable experience that has been astonishing and delighting audiences for nearly 20 years.Music Carl Orff (Carmina Burana). Choreographer David Bintley (Carmina Burana). Design Philip Prowse (Carmina burana). Lighting Peter Mumford (Carmina burana). Music Stephen Montague (The King Dances). Choreographer David Bintley (The King Dances). Design Katrina Lindsay (The King Dances). Lighting Peter Mumford (The King Dances).
17 Jun 14 to 20 Jun 14Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Darkness and Light: Les Rendezvous/Dante Sonata/Facade - T426903962

Three early works from the founder choreographer of the Royal Ballet Companies, master of the art form, Frederick Ashton. Fragile innocence confronts desperate evil in the simple and poignant Dante Sonata, created at the height of World War II. The elegant white-clad Children of Light battle the dark and serpentine Children of Darkness with only one certain outcome - like every war, there will be casualties on both sides. Danced to a passionate, virtuoso score by Franz Liszt, inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy, the piece still holds a chilling resonance today. Created in 1933, Les Rendezvous was Ashton's first major ballet for the then Vic-Wells Ballet. This gentle piece, in which friends and acquaintances meet and dance together in a park, allows each of the dancers an opportunity to display virtuoso skills and technique in a series of solos, pas de deux and ensemble dances. Based on Edith Sitwell's deliciously nonsensical poetry, Facade embraces the fun of it all with whole-hearted and wilful abandon. Be entertained by a series of delightful characters - an enjoyable break from the sanity of everyday life.Music Liszt. Choreographer Frederick Ashton. Design Sophie Fedorovitch. Lighting Mark Jonathan.
4 Jun 14 to 7 Jun 14Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Quatrain/Bitesized Ballet/Facade - T01079158085

Quatrain - An exciting new piece by Birmingham Royal Ballet's own dancer and choreographer Kit Holder, set to music from cult tango/classical fusion composer Astor Piazzolla. Bitesized ballet - Includes excerpts from Beauty and the Beast. Birmingham Royal Ballet presents highlights of some of our most loved ballets, giving audiences a chance to delight in some of the the best bits from our world-renowned classical ballet repertory. Fa?ade - The piece which launched Frederick Ashton's career, Fa?ade is a hilarious comic ballet based on Edith Sitwell's deliciously nonsensical poetry. Enjoy a break from the sanity of everyday life with this series of delightful characters.Music Walton (Facade). Choreographer Fred Ashton (Facade). Design John Armstron (Facade). Lighting Peter Teigen (Facade). Music Astor Piazzolla (Quatrain). Music Leonid Desyatnikov (arranger - Quatrain). Choreographer Kit Holder (Quatrain). Design Adam Wiltshire (Quatrain). Lighting Johnny Westall-Eyre (Quatrain).
20 May 14 to 21 May 14Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
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Still Life at the Pengiun Cafe/Slaughter on 10th Avenue/Elite Syncopations - T016306740

7 Mar 14 to 8 Mar 14Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
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Three of a Kind - T0862336896

19 Feb 14 to 22 Feb 14Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Penguin Cafe Triple Bill (Programme 1) - T2106891826

Tombeaux is David Bintley's homage to classical ballet, a lament on the death of his mentor, the great Frederick Ashton. E=mc? is a truly exhilarating experience; exploring Einstein's celebrated ?Special Theory of Relativity' in music and dance, it was the winner of the last-ever South Bank Show Award for Dance. Meet a colourful host of animals seeking shelter from the storm in ?Still Life' at the Penguin Caf?. Be introduced to a morris-dancing flea, a ballroom-dancing ram, a woolly monkey and many more. This is a witty and poignant look at man's effect on the world. Running time: 2hrs 30mins (including two 20min intervals)
15 Oct 13 to 16 Oct 13Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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3 Oct 13 to 5 Oct 13Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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The Grand Tour/Take Five/Diverts - T01549945928

Take Five - Director David Bintley invites you to share his love of jazz and, in particular, the music of Dave Brubeck. In homage to one of his heroes, he created this sexy and energetic series of vignettes to some of Brubeck's most famous tracks including, Take Five and Unsquare Dance. The Grand Tour - All aboard for the roaring 20s! Setting out for Europe, our heroine, a doughty American spinster, can't believe her luck when she embarks on her cruise and finds herself in the company of a feast of famous faces. However, it turns out that No?l Coward, Gertrude Stein and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few, aren't necessarily the friendliest of shipmates. Add stowaways and a rather handsome Chief Steward into the mix and things might get a little... complicated. Diverts - To complete this wonderful programme the company will perform some of its favourite moments from some of its most popular ballets, including Giselle, please check the website for further announcements.Music Dave Brubeck (Take Five). Choreographer David Bintley (Take Five). Design Jean-Marc Puissant (Take Five). Lighting Peter Mumford (Take Five). Music Noel Coward (The Grand Tour - freely adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay). Choreographer Joe Layton (The Grand Tour). Design John Conklin (The Grand Tour). Lighting Peter Teigen (The Grand Tour).
21 May 13 to 22 May 13Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
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Take Five/The Grand Tour/Bitesized Ballet - T1179598162

Take Five - Director David Bintley invites you to share his love of jazz and, in particular, the music of Dave Brubeck. In homage to one of his heroes, he created this sexy and energetic series of vignettes to some of Brubeck's most famous tracks including, Take Five and Unsquare Dance. The Grand Tour - All aboard for the roaring 20s! Setting out for Europe, our heroine, a doughty American spinster, can't believe her luck when she embarks on her cruise and finds herself in the company of a feast of famous faces. However, it turns out that No?l Coward, Gertrude Stein and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few, aren't necessarily the friendliest of shipmates. Bitesized Ballet - To complete this wonderful programme the company will perform some of its favourite moments from some of its most popular ballets, including Giselle.Music Dave Brubeck Quartet (Take Five). Choreographer David Bintley (Take Five). Design Jean-Marc Puissant (Take Five). Lighting Peter Mumford (Take Five). Music Noel Coward (The Grand Tour). Music Hershy Kay (Freely adapted and orchestrated - The Grand Tour). Choreographer Joe Layton (The Grand Tour). Design John Conklin (The Grand Tour). Lighting Peter Teigen (The Grand Tour).
14 May 13 to 15 May 13Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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10 May 13 to 11 May 13Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
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Lyric Pieces/Bitesized Ballet/Pineapple Poll/ - T01521409771

This breathtaking programme presents a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside Jessica Lang's beautiful Lyric Pieces, and thrilling excerpts from some of the world-famous classics with which Birmingham Royal Ballet has made its name, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. LYRIC PIECES - An exciting new work from award-winning American choreographer, Jessica Lang. Set to romantic piano miniatures by Edvard Grieg, this is her first work for a major European company. BITESIZED BALLET - Birmingham Royal Ballet once again brings you a selection of stunning exceprts from some of the world's best-loved ballets. This year's excerpts include a section of Giselle Act I. Further details to be confirmed. PINEAPPLE POLL - What might a classic cartoon look like if brought to life on stage? With the aid of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko, this is your opportunity to find out. When the dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population swoon! Chief amongst them is Poll. Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the Potboy at a local inn, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, love-lorn ladies, all seeking the attentions of the admirable officer, who is unwittingly taking the town by storm. Wrapped up in his own little world, when will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice that half his crew have mysteriously shrunk and don't seem very at home in their beards?Music Edvard Grieg (Lyric Pieces). Choreographer Jessica Lang (Lyric Pieces). Costume Elena Comendador (Lyric Pieces). Lighting Nicole Pearce (Lyric Pieces). Music Arthur Sullivan (Pineapple Poll). Music Charles Mackerras (music arrangement - Pineapple Poll). Choreographer John Cranko (Pineapple Poll). Design Osbert Lancaster (Pineapple Poll). Lighting Neil Austin (Pineapple Poll).
10 May 13 to 11 May 13Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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Autumn Celebration!: The Grand Tour/Faster/The Dream - T201972907

Autumn Celebration! brings together Shakespeare, Noel Coward and an Olympic theme. The Grand Tour by Broadway show choreographer Joe Layton is an amusing take on the celebrities of the 1920s. Faster ? a ballet inspired by the Olympic motto, ?Faster, Higher, Stronger' from David Bintley and composer Matthew Hindson, focuses on speed, power and athleticism. Finally, The Dream is Frederick Ashton's elfin comedy based on A Midsummer Night's Dream performed to Mendelssohn's instantly recognisable score.Choreographer Joe Layton (The Grand Tour). Choreographer David Bintley (Faster). Music Matthew Hindson (Faster). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (The Dream).
25 Oct 12 to 27 Oct 12Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Opposites Attract: Lyric Pieces/Take Five/Grosse Fuge - T0838095416

Opposites Attract features three modern ballets. Lyric Pieces is American choreographer Jessica Lang's first ballet for a major European company, set to music by Norwegian romantic Edvard Grieg. Take Five is director David Bintley's personal tribute to jazz icon Dave Brubeck. Completing the bill, one of Hans van Manen's most famous works, Gr?sse Fuge, is an invigorating and uplifting experience that has lost none of its power over the last 40 years.Choreographer Jessica Lang (Lyric Pieces). Music Edvard Grieg (Lyric Pieces). Choreographer David Bintley (Take Five). Choreographer Hans van Manen (Grosse Fuge).
23 Oct 12 to 24 Oct 12Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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26 Sep 12 to 29 Sep 12Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Summer Celebration - T990074582

27 Jun 12 to 30 Jun 12Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Madding Crowd - T1497514851

20 Jun 12 to 23 Jun 12Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Pineapple Poll/The Clog Dance/Lily of Laguna pas de deux (from Hobson's Choice)Pas de deux from Don Quixote - T0979590367

This breathtaking programme presents a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside a brand-new ballet by Jessica Lang, and thrilling excerpts from some of the world-famous classics with which Birmingham Royal Ballet has made its name. In Pineapple Poll we get to see what a classic cartoon might look like if brought to life on stage. With the aid of a foottapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan and a comic choreographic touch, this is your opportunity to find out. Following the success of the excerpts on last year's tour, Birmingham Royal Ballet presents two more highlights from some of our best-loved ballets. The Clog Dance and Lily of Laguna pas de deux from Director David Bintley's Hobson's Choice, is a funny and warming peek into the lives of two unlikely lovers. The programme finishes with the stunning, virtuoso pas de deux from Marius Petipa's great classic, Don Quixote.
11 May 12 to 12 May 12Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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Spring Passions: Daphnis and Chloe/The Two Pigeons - T1842744841

An island paradise in ancient Greece: lost in their love for each other, Daphnis and Chlo? struggle against jealous rivals and marauding pirates to be together. Considered by many to be Maurice Ravel's greatest orchestral score and with choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton, Daphnis and Chlo? is one of the many great ballets from the outstanding legacy left by Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. Sir Frederick Ashton's poignant Parisian idyll, The Two Pigeons, tells of a young man as he experiences frustration, excitement, love and loss. He flies the nest, leaving his fianc?e and falls in love with a wild, beautiful gypsy only to be pursued by her jealous lover. Realising what he has lost, he returns to his apartment in Paris and falls into the forgiving arms of his sweetheart.Music Maurice Ravel (Daphnis and Chloe). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Daphnis and Chloe). Design John Craxton (Daphnis and Chloe). Lighting Peter Teigen (Daphnis and Chloe). Music Andre Messager (The Two Pigeons). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (The Two Pigeons). Design Jacques Dupont (The Two Pigeons). Lighting Mark Jonathan (The Two Pigeons).
13 Mar 12 to 14 Mar 12London Coliseum, West End :: V376
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Spring Passions - T0692979556

29 Feb 12 to 3 Mar 12Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Hobson's Choice - T0257311663

Music Paul Reade. Design Hayden Griffin. Costume Hayden Griffin. Choreographer David Bintley. Performer Davide Morse. Performer Elisha Willis. Performer Robert Parker. Performer Victoria Marr. Performer Carol-Anne Millar. Performer Marion Tait.
22 Feb 12 to 25 Feb 12Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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La Fille mal gardee - T1572539986

When country beauty Lise falls in love with farm lad Colas, she's about to upset the apple cart. Her mother, Widow Simone, has her own ideas about who her daughter should marry. Enter Thomas, a pompous and wealthy vineyard owner. And Alain, his rich son - attractive as a potato, smart as a turnip and the proud possessor of two left feet. Now watch as each of this merry crew try to meet their heart's desires. Ever popular because of its simple, engaging story, wonderful wit and pulsating passion, La Fille mal gard?e remains a firm favourite for all the family. Created in 1960 by one of the greatest choreographers of the 20th century, this charming ballet was an instant hit. Funny, tender and true, this lovely ballet of rural bliss will put a spectacular spring in your step.
27 Oct 11 to 29 Oct 11Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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Triple Bill: Checkmate/Symphonic Variations/Pineapple Poll - T1962898287

Three distinguished ballets from the heart of this country s rich heritage. Ninette de Valois choreography for Checkmate is a dramatic and stylised war of lust, trickery and betrayal. A gallant Red Knight, devoted to his king, is seduced and destroyed by the ruthless Black Queen in de Valois allegorical story of a game of chess played between love and death. With a score by Sir Arthur Bliss, and iconic designs by E. McKnight Kauffer, the ballet prophetically anticipated the merciless savagery of World War II and, at nearly 75 years old, is deservedly one of the earliest English ballets still in the repertory. The pared-down purity of Frederick Ashton s Symphonic Variations showcases technically brilliant dance from a master choreographer. Danced to C?sar Franck s exquisitely concise Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, this ballet for six dancers is rightly hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces of English ballet. With the aid of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko, Pineapple Poll is a 3-D cartoon classic! When dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population, Poll included, swoon! Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the local Inn s Potboy, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, love-lorn ladies. When will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice his crew have mysteriously shrunk and aren t at home in their beards?Choreographer Ninette de Valois (Checkmate). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Symphonic Variations). Choreographer John Cranko (Pineapple Poll).
25 Oct 11 to 26 Oct 11Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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La Fille mal gardee and Autumn Glory - T2013597007

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns with two contrasting evenings; perennial family favourite, La Fille mal gardée and Autumn Glory, a triple bill of ballets from the heart of Britain's dance heritage. Ever popular because of its engaging plot, wonderful wit and charming love story, La Fille mal gardée was choreographed in 1960 by Frederick Ashton. Revolving around a love triangle between country beauty Lise, her true love Colas, and Alain, the son of a rich vineyard owner, this enchanting ballet was an instant hit when it premiered and has remained in the repertoire of the world's leading ballet companies ever since. This season’s triple bill, Autumn Glory, features Ninette de Valois' Checkmate, with a score by Sir Arthur Bliss and iconic designs by E. McKnight Kauffer, Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations performed by six dancers to one of Cesar Franck’s finest works and Pineapple Poll, choreographed by John Cranko and danced to a foot tapping medley of Gilbert and Sullivan.
18 Oct 11 to 22 Oct 11Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Autumn Glory - T01042459482

6 Oct 11 to 8 Oct 11Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Beauty and the Beast - T891672563

28 Sep 11 to 2 Oct 11Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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T0210999268

One of Britain’s leading ballet companies shows off its extraordinary diversity in performances that feature a selection of highlights from our favourite classical ballets, including the witty and engaging family treat La Fille mal Gardee and The Dream. This beautiful and breathtaking montage is followed by George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, a crazy 30s comedy; its humour and vitality provide sparkling entertainment. After discovering a hitman in the audience is to target him as soon as his stage routine is over, a luckless leading man has no option but to extend his frantic solo until the cops can arrive!
22 Apr 11 to 23 Apr 11Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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19 Apr 11 to 20 Apr 11Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
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Allegri Diversi/Classical Ballet Excerpts - T01910832632

One of Britain's leading classical ballet companies shows off its extraordinary diversity in performances that feature a selection of highlights from our favourite ballets, including excerpts from The Dream, The Sleeping Beauty and from Coppelia, a joyous, witty ballet that is an ever-popular celebration of love that is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family. This beautiful montage is accompanied by Allegri diversi, a sparklingly energetic classical ballet to Rossini's bubbly score. Full of quivering jumps and turns, dance phrases that freeze into glitteringly unpredictable poses, and speeds that reach apparently impossible highs. It will leave you breathless.Music Rossini. Design Terry Bartlett. Lighting Peter Teigen. Choreographer David Bintley. Performer Nao Sakuma. Performer Elisha Willis. Performer Jenna Roberts. Performer Cesar Morales. Performer Chi Cao. Performer Joseph Caley. Performer Carol-Anne Millar. Performer Iain Mackay. Performer Jonathan Caguioa. Performer Lewis Turner. Performer David Morse. Performer Rory Mackay.
19 Apr 11 to 20 Apr 11Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
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Concerto/Slaughter on Tenth Avenue/In the Upper Room - T01726089790

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 Richard Rodgers (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Choreographer George Balanchine (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Design Kate Ford (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Lighting Nicholas Royle (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue).
19 Oct 10 to 20 Oct 10Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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Pointes of View - T02134807760

Pointes of View features MacMillan's uplifting Concerto, a sparkling display of classical ballet. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue was created as part of the Rodgers and Hart musical On Your Toes, and is a tale of a happy-go-lucky hero who literally has to dance for his life. In the Upper Room is an exhilarating, athletic ballet by American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp. Philip Glass's score builds to an emotional peak with dancing that critics described as "quick witted and even quicker footed".
15 Oct 10 to 16 Oct 10Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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Points of View - Concerto/The Lady and the Fool/In the Upper Room - T01993880955

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'.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).
22 Sep 10 to 25 Sep 10Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Passion and Ecstacy - Allegri diversi/Carmina burana - T0869493131

Full of quivering jumps and turns, dance phrases that freeze into glitteringly unpredictable poses, and speeds that reach apparently impossible highs, Allegri diversi is a sparklingly energetic classical ballet to Rossini's bubbly score. It will leave you breathless. In Carmina burana, an encounter with the mindblowing Goddess Fortuna deals three seminarians a major lesson in the fickle nature of fate. Compelled to abandon their sacred studies to pursue a more sensual approach to life, forbidden pleasures and physical temptations quickly become the young men's most eager areas of revision. Soon the young celebrants are soaring with passion, love and alcohol. Carmina burana is a thrilling, large-scale production, made to Carl Orff's rousing and emotionally charged choral tour de force - a feast in its own right. Bintley's breathtaking choreography for both ballets ensures an unforgettable experience.Music Rossini (Allegri diversi). Choreographer David Bintley (CBE - Allegri diversi). Design Terry Bartlett (Allegri diversi). Lighting John B. Read (Allegri diversi). Music Carl Orff (Carmina burana). Choreographer David Bintley (CBE - Carmina burana). Design Philip Prowse (Carmina burana). Lighting Peter Mumford (Carmina burana).
22 Jun 10 to 25 Jun 10Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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On Their Toes! - Grosse Fuge/Slaughter on Tenth Avenue/Theme and Variations - T534401027

Three one-act ballets of energy, joy and entertainment. Grosse Fuge sees the delicate interplay between groups of men and women who initially seem to ignore one another, before finally dancing together in glorious celebration. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a crazy 30s comedy, its humour and vitality providing sparkling entertainment. After discovering a hitman in the audience is to target him as soon as his stage routine is over, a luckless leading man has no option but to extend his frantic solo until the cops can arrive! Finally Theme and Variations is a joyous ballet, and the first that Birmingham Royal Ballet performed following the Company's move to the midlands. With its thrilling Tchaikovsky music and sumptuous décor, it has delighted audiences all over the world, being described as 'a compressed Sleeping Beauty'!Music Beethoven (Grosse Fuge). Choreographer Hans van Manen (Grosse Fuge). Other Mea Venema (staged - Grosse Fuge). Design Jean-Paul Vroom (Grosse Fuge). Costume Hans van Manen (Grosse Fuge). Lighting Jan Hofstra (Grosse Fuge). Music Richard Rodgers (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Choreographer George Balanchine (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Design Kate Ford (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Lighting Nicholas Royld (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Music Tchaikovsky (Theme and Variations). Choreographer George Balanchine (Theme and Variations). Other Patricia Neary (staging - Theme and Variations). Design Peter Farmer (Theme and Variations). Lighting John B. Read (Theme and Variations).
16 Jun 10 to 19 Jun 10Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Brouillards/The Dance House/Slaughter on Tenty Avenue - T1929046755

Three diverse works that each seek to preserve an individual moment in time. John Cranko's Brouillards takes inspiration from such fleeting images as rolling mists, the fall of autumn leaves, and the fragile strands of a spider's web. Meanwhile David Bintley's The Dance House honours a deceased friend of the Director, to a nostaligic but anarchic Shostakovich score. Finally Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a crazy 30s comedy. After discovering a hitman in the audience is to target him as soon as his stage routine is over, our leading man has no option but to extend his energetic solo until the cops can arrive! A work of sparkling vitality and pure entertainment, the piece is the perfect ending to a programme of unforgettable moments.Music Debussy (Brouillards). Choreographer John Cranko (Brouillards). Lighting Nicholas Ware (Brouillards). Music Richard Rodgers (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Choreographer George Balanchine (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Design Kate Ford (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Lighting Nicholas Royle (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Music Shostakovich (The Dance House). Choreographer David Bintley (CBE - The Dance House). Design Robert Heindel (The Dance House). Lighting Lisa J. Pinkham (The Dance House).
4 Jun 10 to 5 Jun 10Hall for Cornwall, Truro :: V1183
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28 May 10 to 29 May 10Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
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25 May 10 to 26 May 10Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
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Allegri diversi/Grosse Fuge/The Centre and its Opposite - T01189547760

Allegri diversi, by Company Director David Bintley, gives life to Rossini's light and playful score with effortless elegance. Grosse Fuge, by Hans van Manen, sees delicate interplay between groups of men and women to the music of Beethoven. Finally Harry Stewart's The Centre and its Opposite sees dancers directly competing for the attention of theaudience, in a stylish and dynamic piece fusing classical ballet with hard-edged contemporary dance. Set to a rhythmically powerful electronic soundscape, this piece wowed audiences on the Southern leg of this tour last year. Be sure to secure your tickets and see it for yourself.Music Rossini (Allegri diversi). Choreographer David Bintley (CBE - Allegri diversi). Design Terry Bartlett (Allegri diversi). Lighting John B. Read (Allegri diversi). Music Beethoven (Grosse Fuge). Choreographer Hans van Manen (Grosse Fuge). Other Mea Venema (staged - Grosse Fuge). Design Jean-Paul Vroom (Grosse Fuge). Costume Hans van Manen (Grosse Fuge). Lighting Jan Hofstra (Grosse Fuge). Music Huey Benjamin (The Centre and its Opposite). Music Huey Benjamin (The Centre and its Opposite). Choreographer Garry Stewart (The Centre and its Opposite). Costume Georg Meyer-Weil (The Centre and its Opposite). Lighting Michael Mannion (The Centre and its Opposite).
1 Jun 10 to 2 Jun 10Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
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28 May 10 to 29 May 10Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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25 May 10 to 26 May 10Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
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20 Year Celebration - T01430656144

9 Mar 10 to 10 Mar 10Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L340809099

20 Years Celebration - T0815332432

Three performances to mark the start of the 20th anniversary celebrations of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s arrival in the City. The Company will perform excerpts from the brilliant and varied repertory of its first 20 years in Birmingham.
9 Mar 10Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L349124299

The Nutcracker - T412535637

27 Nov 09 to 13 Dec 09Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0851885788

Cryano - T221316537

Showcases more David Bintley choreography with the well known story Cyrano, with music by Carl Davis which tells the story of one man’s truly self-sacrificing devotionChoreographer David Bintley. Music Carl Davis.
10 Nov 09 to 14 Nov 09Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0150769293

Quantum Leaps - Powder/The Centre and its Opposite/E=mc2 - T01656217859

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns with two contrasting programmes. Quantum Leaps features Stanton Welch’s Powder, danced to Mozart’s popular clarinet concerto. The Centre and its Opposite is a new work from contemporary choreographer Garry Stewart, Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, set to a powerful electronic soundscape. Programme one is completed with Birmingham Royal Ballet Director David Bintley’s E=mc² which has a specially commissioned score by Matthew Hindson, and explores Einstein’s ‘Special Theory of Relativity’.Choreographer Stanton Welch (Powder). Music Mozart (Powder). Choreographer Gary Stewart (The Centre and its Opposite). Choreographer David Bintley (E=mc2). Music Matthew Hindson (E=mc2). Performer Elisha Willis. Performer Nao Sakuma. Performer Gaylene Cummerfield. Performer Carol-Anne Millar. Performer Ambra Vallo. Performer Natasha Oughtred. Performer Chi Cao. Performer Robert Parker. Performer Matthew Lawrence. Performer Cesar Morales. Performer Jamie Bond.
10 Nov 09 to 14 Nov 09Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L239703148
4 Nov 09 to 5 Nov 09Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L1263570994
23 Sep 09Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L01092999718

Sir Fred and Mr B: Two Pigeons/Mozartiana - T0439386879

Choreographer Fredrick Ashton. Choreographer George Balanchine. Performer Robert Parker. Performer Chi Cao. Performer Jamie Bond. Performer Nao Sakuma. Performer Ambra Vallo. Performer Natasha Oughtred. Performer Elisha Willis. Performer Carol-Anne Millar. Performer Gaylene Cummerfield. Performer Dominic Antonucci. Performer Matthew Lawrence. Performer Aaron Robison. Performer Kosuke Yamamoto. Performer Alenxander Campbell. Performer Andrea Tredinnick. Performer Victoria Marr. Performer Cesar Morales. Performer Momoko Hirata. Performer Joseph Caley.
3 Jul 09 to 4 Jul 09The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0653882976
17 Jun 09 to 20 Jun 09Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0302264155

Love and Loss - T1867635362

1 Jul 09 to 2 Jul 09The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0654187835

Love and Loss - T959978331

24 Jun 09 to 27 Jun 09Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L01023939838

Galanteries/The Dance House/Elite Syncopations - T548527593

Galanteries - The classical perfection of Mozart’s music is mirrored in Bintley’s elegant choreography for Galanteries. One of his best pure dance works, this ballet is sublime entertainment. The Dance House - the creation of The Dance House was prompted by the early death of a friend and colleague who was a dancer. Bintley balances a light and witty tone whilst fully exploring the darker resonances of Shostakovich’s music in this poignant re-interpretation of the ‘Dance of Death’. Elite Syncopations - A completely stripped-back theatre bursts into life as dancers in brilliantly coloured costumes gather for a dance competition. An equally vibrant rag-time band play old favourites from Scott Joplin and his contemporaries to accompany a string of dazzling and witty sketches. One of Kenneth MacMillan's best-loved creations it is certain to leave you smiling.Choreographer David Bintley (Galanteries). Design Jan Blake (Galanteries). Lighting John B Read (Galanteries). Music Dmitri Shostakovich (The Dance House). Choreographer David Bintley (The Dance House). Design Robert Heindel (The Dance House). Lighting Lisa Pinkham (The Dance House). Music Scott Jopkin (and others - Elite Syncopations). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Elite Syncopations). Design Ian Spurling (Elite Syncopations). Lighting Peter Teigen (from the original - Elite Syncopations).
19 May 09 to 20 May 09Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L1224322696
12 May 09 to 13 May 09Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L01389524419

Mozartiana/Twlight/The Centre and its Opposite - T1819510725

George Balanchine's Mozartiana is a sparkling piece of pure classical dance to similarly effervescent music from the great ballet composer Tchaikovsky. Twilight is a breathtaking mini drama by Hans Van Manen. Set to John Cage's exhilarating music (The Perilous Night) for prepared piano, a couple's quarrel deteriorates into dynamic full-blown rage, as the sound of the woman's stilettos pounds the floor matching her furious passion. The Centre and its Opposite - This is a brand new piece from Garry Stewart, the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, renowned for his contemporary choreography and receives its world premiere at the Everyman. This stylish piece is set to a rhythmically powerful electronic soundscape and presents the audience with an intense explosion of rapid-fire classical ballet vocabulary fused with hard-edged contemporary dance.Music Tchaikovsky (Mozartiana). Choreographer George Balanchine (Mozartiana). Design Christtian Berard (Mozartiana). Music John Cage (Twilight). Choreographer Hans Van Manen (Twilight). Design Jean-Paul Vroom (Twilight). Lighting Jan Hofstra (Twilight). Choreographer Garry Stewart (The Centre and its Opposite).
19 May 09 to 20 May 09Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L1193387348
12 May 09 to 13 May 09Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L1776163423

T025350572

This exquisite programme highlights the work of two of Britain’s foremost choreographers including the company’s director, David Bintley, and the much-celebrated Sir Kenneth MacMillan in an elegant, touching and at times humourous journey of dance.
15 May 09 to 16 May 09Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L1671673471

Sylvia - T0752319082

Sylvia offers a humourous trip through time to learn valuable lessons in love. When the strife between Count Guccioli and his wife threatens to disrupt their anniversary celebration, the Count's infidelities endanger the burgeoning love between their servants. Bintley brings his unrivalled comic talent to this classic ballet, featuring music by Léo Delibes, the composer of Coppélia, and a colourful cast of Gods and Goddesses, slave girls and pirates.Director David Bintley. Design Sue Blane. Lighting Mark Jonathan. Choreographer David Bintley. Performer Nao Sakuma. Performer Chi Cao. Performer Elisha Willis. Performer Robert Parker. Performer Alex Campbell.
16 Apr 09 to 18 Apr 09London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L2029770305
2 Apr 09 to 4 Apr 09The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L2032669859
13 Mar 09 to 14 Mar 09Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L1441563320
25 Feb 09 to 28 Feb 09Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L199550473

Pomp and Circumstance/Sylvia - T677744407

14 Apr 09 to 15 Apr 09London Coliseum, West End :: V376
listing details L01667987122
31 Mar 09 to 1 Apr 09The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0369648979
11 Mar 09 to 12 Mar 09Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L01110649862
4 Mar 09 to 7 Mar 09Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0477200972

The Nutcracker - T84074797

28 Nov 08 to 13 Dec 08Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L449539420

Stravinsky: A Celebration 2008! - Firebird/Baiser/Petrushka - T0771428776

Paying homage to the great ballet composer Igor Stravinsky, this programme includes the enthralling Firebird, based on a Russian legend, Petrushka, the story of a rebellious puppet's bid for love and freedom, and Michael Corder's brand new version of Le Baiser de la fée, based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Ice Maiden.
4 Nov 08 to 5 Nov 08Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L299621651
31 Oct 08 to 1 Nov 08Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01484662099
8 Jul 08 to 9 Jul 08The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L102541699

Stravinsky! A Celebration - T1355937370

Stravinsky! A Celebration showcases three of the greatest ballets by composer Igor Stravinsky. The Firebird - The most famous of all Stravinsky's ballet scores, The Firebird is an enthralling story based on Russian legend that will delight all the family. In the eerie garden of the menacing ogre Kastchei, a high tree bears an imprisoned princess and a golden apple. When, in a blaze of dazzling light, the stunning Firebird tries to steal the golden fruit, she is cruelly captured by Prince Ivan, who demands a feather from her glorious tail as protection against Kastchei's evil. Armed with just a magical feather, the prince journeys forth to save the captured princess and win her heart. Petrushka - Since the Ballets Russes' 1911 première, Petrushka has remained an anarchic force on stages around the world. In Fokine's ballet all the wild fun of the Butter Week Fair in St Petersburg floods the stage, and unruly Petrushka is soon creating havoc. Then, one wooden step too far, this harlequin meets a very mortal end - but there's spirit in the old doll yet. Le Baiser de la fée - BRB’s homage to composer Igor Stravinsky boasts another coup for 2008, with a new version of Le Baiser de la fée by choreographer Michael Corder. This beautiful ballet breathes life into Hans Christian Andersen's chilling fairy tale The Ice Maiden. Enthralled by a child lost in the mountains, the Ice Maiden gives him a kiss - one that he will never escape.
21 Oct 08 to 22 Oct 08Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff :: V1984858935
listing details L0691619747

Russian Steps - Concerto/The Firebird/Raymonda Act III - T1770747646

Music Shostakovich. Music Stravinsky. Music Glazunov. Design Jurgen Rose. Design Natalia Goncharova. Design Barry Kay. Lighting John B Read. Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan. Choreographer Mikhail Fokine. Choreographer Rudolf Nureyev (Marius Petipa original). Performer Ambra Vallo. Performer Kosuke Yamamoto. Performer Jenna Roberts. Performer Tyrone Singleton. Performer Gaylene Cummerfield. Performer Nao Sakuma. Performer Chi Cao. Performer Elisha Willis. Performer Robert Parker. Performer Jonathan Payne.
9 Oct 08 to 11 Oct 08Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0658004463

Giselle - T2117186422

10 Jul 08 to 12 Jul 08The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0301836439

Stravinsky: the real deal - Petrushka/Le Baiser de la fee/Card Game - T368215108

Petrushka - Since the Ballets Russes' 1911 premiere, Petrushka has remained an anarchic force on stages around the world. In [Fokine]'s ballet all the wild fun of the Butter Week Fair in St Petersburg floods the stage, and unruly Petrushka is soon creating havoc. Then, one wooden step too far, this harlequin meets a very mortal end - but there's spirit in the old doll yet. Le Baiser de la fée - BRB’s homage to composer Igor Stravinsky boasts another coup for 2008, with a brand-new version of Le Baiser de la fée by choreographer [Michael Corder]. This beautiful ballet breathes life into Hans Christian Andersen's chilling fairy tale The Ice Maiden. Enthralled by a child lost in the mountains, the Ice Maiden gives him a kiss - one that he will never escape. Card Game - In Card Game, Stravinsky, himself a keen poker player, plays with allegiances, rivalries and power. [John Cranko]'s witty choreography entered The Royal Ballet repertory in 1966. In this modern classic, the sly Joker banishes the proud Queen, the Two, Three, Four, Five and Six strike a straight flush, and little Two of Diamonds tries to spoil everyone's fun.Choreographer Fokine (Petrushka). Choreographer Michael Corder (Le Baiser de la fee). Choreographer John Cranko (Card Game).
3 Jul 08 to 5 Jul 08Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L155486767

Twilight/Concerto Barocco/Take Five - T0499255029

Twilight - A couple's quarrel develops into a raging, passionate argument in a breathtaking mini drama. Concerto Barocco - Set to music by Bach this engaging, imaginative dialogue between two art forms sparkles with elegance, simplicity and life. Take Five - Opening with Dave Brubeck seminal jazz classic, Take Five, this laid back ballet takes life calmly in its stride.
9 May 08 to 10 May 08Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L175242610
6 May 08 to 7 May 08Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L0587800567

Dante Sonata/Small Worlds/Elite Syncopations - T02046899100

Dante Sonata - Fragile innocence confronts desperate evil in Frederick Ashton’s simple and poignant ballet, created at the height of World War II. The elegant white-clad Children of Light battle the dark and serpentine Children of Darkness with only one certain outcome – like every war, there will be casualties on both sides. Danced to a passionate, virtuoso score by Franz Liszt, inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, the piece still holds a chilling resonance today. Small Worlds - Taking his inspiration from the brilliant and colourful lines of paintings by Vassily Kandinsky, Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Kit Holder created this work in 2007. Set to the energetic and engaging Concerto in D for string orchestra by the great ballet composer Igor Stravinsky, Small Worlds offers an unmissable opportunity to see work from a rising talent within the company. Elite Syncopations - A completely stripped back theatre bursts into life as dancers in brilliantly coloured costumes gather for a dance competition. An equally vibrant rag-time band play old favourites from Scott Joplin and his contemporaries to accompany a string of sketches, spanning the dazzling, the witty and the touching, as each dancer at the competition takes their turn. One of his best-loved creations, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations is certain to leave you smiling.Music Franz Liszt (Dante Sonata). Music Constant Lambert (musical arrangement - Dante Sonata). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Dante Sonata). Design Sophie Fedorovitch (Dante Sonata). Lighting Mark Jonathan (Dante Sonata). Adapted by Peter Teigen (Dante Sonata). Music Igor Stravinsky (Small Worlds). Choreographer Kit Holder (Small Worlds). Design Helen Fownes-Davies (Small Worlds). Lighting Peter Teigen (Small Worlds). Music Scott Joplin (and others - Elite Syncopations). Choreographer Kenneth Macmillan (Elite Syncopations). Design Ian Spurling (Elite Syncopations). Lighting Peter Teigen ( adaptation - Elite Syncopations).
6 May 08 to 7 May 08Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L637675215
2 May 08 to 3 May 08Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L01745892298
29 Apr 08 to 30 Apr 08Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L1246908991

All That Jazz - Take Five Take Five/The Orpheus Suite/The Shakespeare Suite - T1355226133

Take Five Take Five sees the first Birmingham performances of [David Bintley]'s latest jazz creation. Set to the iconic music of the legendary [Dave Brubeck], this lighthearted, laid-back, elegant ballet takes life calmly in its stride. The Orpheus Suite - brings us to Duke Ellington. Seeing parallels between the musical brilliance and personal journeys of Ellington and Orpheus, Bintley commissioned [Colin Towns] to create a score that pays tribute to the Duke and his band. Travelling with Orpheus to the underworld and back in search of his beloved, this ballet boldly salutes the struggle, strength and spirit of jazz. The Shakespeare Suite - In The Shakespeare Suite Bintley celebrates Ellington's tenderness, verve and wit, by bringing to life his unforgettable tribute to Shakespeare. From Othello's wooing of Desdemona, to the love-struck madness that infects Titania and Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Ellington takes on Shakespeare in easy, seductive style.Choreographer David Bintley.
11 Mar 08 to 12 Mar 08Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L01931800801
27 Feb 08 to 1 Mar 08Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1324354788

Take Five/The Orpheus Suite/The Shakespeare Suite - T0131488257

Choreographer David Bintley. Music Dave Brubeck. Music Colin Towns. Music Duke Ellington.
4 Mar 08 to 5 Mar 08New Theatre, Oxford :: V802
listing details L1318144694

Edward II/+ Triple Bill - Paquita/Daphnis and Chloe/Nine Sinatra Songs - T309290016

Edward II - This story of infatuation, violence and jealousy is played out against a background of political intrigue and religious fervour. Set in medieval England and France, this bloody and disturbing ballet tells the story of a king torn apart as he is forced to choose between his duty and his passions. With exquisite costumes by Jasper Conran and a specially commissioned score influenced by rock, jazz and classical music, Edward II has the power to completely change your perception of ballet. Triple Bill - Paquita - Beautiful classical dance with sparkling duets and a stirring climax. Daphnis and Chloe - Masterful characterisation as would be expected from choreographer Ashton, combined with beautiful set pieces and a simple to follow narrative. Nine Sinatra Songs - Seven couples tango, waltz and jive, gloriously celebrating Frank Sinatra, the 1950s and the seductive thrill of ballroom dancing. Dizzyingly embodying the acrobatic and sensual heights of ballroom style, this wildly popular classic by legendary US choreographer, Twyla Tharp, is a modern dance extravaganza.Costume Jasper Conran (Edward II). Choreographer Ashton (Daphnis and Chloe). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (Nine Sinatra Songs).
17 Oct 07 to 20 Oct 07Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L01713615109

Edward II - T380565366

Director [David Bintley]'s astonishing interpretation of Christopher Marlowe's dark epic is set during a scandalous and merciless era of English history. Exquisite evocations of cruel medieval England are created by [John McCabe]'s score, which brilliantly counterpoints Peter J. Davison's monumental sets, These are reinforced by renowned fashion designer Jaspar Conran's lavish and licentious leather costumes. In this fierce and sadistic atmosphere, Edward makes his first provocative act on becoming king - to recall his male lover, Piers Gaveston, from exile. Quickly enraged by her husband's pampered boyfriend, Edward's wife, Isabella, supports a petition to hunt down and remove Gaveston. But the chase escalates dangerously, resulting in Gaveston's brutal murder. Grief stricken, Edward vows revenge. [David Bintley] created Edward II for Stuttgart Ballet in 1995, first staging it for BRB to great critical acclaim in 1997. Edward II contains violent and sexually explicit scenes; discreation should be used when bringing young children to these performances. Running time 2 hours 20 minutesChoreographer David Bintley. Adapted by David Bintley. Design Peter J Davison. Lighting Peter Mumford. Costume Jasper Conran.
11 Oct 07 to 13 Oct 07Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L702959316
26 Sep 07 to 29 Sep 07Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L996354921

Strictly Dancing - Paquita/Nine Sinatra Songs/Daphnis and Chloe - T0732741769

Paquita - The sparkling Paquita showcases the skill, grandeur and panache of the 19th-century master choreographer, [Marius Petipa]. Here BRB dances just the exuberant last act, with its rapturous pas de deux and scintillating ensemble. Nine Sinatra Songs - Passions are stirring when [Twyla Tharp] salutes Frank Sinatra. In Nine Sinatra Songs seven couples tango, waltz and jive, gloriously celebrating Frank Sinatra, the 1950s and the seductive thrill of ballroom dancing. Each of the dances passionately details one aspect of love and desire, bestowing on each song its own distinct identity. Daphnis and Chloë - [Frederick Ashton], dance legend and founder choreographer of the Royal Ballet companies, opens up a pastoral love story of passion and pirates, Daphnis and Chloë. This is a major acquisition for BRB, as Daphnis and Chloë has never before been seen in the UK outside The Royal Ballet. In Ashton’s exquisitely amorous and surprisingly modern dance, red blood stirs every aching ancient heart.Choreographer Marius Petipa (Paquita). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (Nine Sinatra Songs). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Daphnis and Chloe).
9 Oct 07 to 10 Oct 07Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1796782518
3 Oct 07 to 6 Oct 07Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1825303822

The Four Seasons/Nine Sinatra Songs/Pineapple Poll - T1533296657

The Four Seasons - From tennis to horse racing, gymnastics to skiing, each season is given an uplifting and illuminating sporting identity in this witty new ballet. Set to Vivaldi's famous music, The Four Seasons celebrates the year-round athletic power of the human body. Nine Sinatra Songs - Seven couples tango, waltz and jive, gloriously celebrating Frank Sinatra, the 1950s and the seductive thrill of ballroom dancing. Dizzyingly embodying the acrobatic and sensual heights of ballroom style, this wildly popular classic by legendary US choreographer, [Twyla Tharp], is a modern dance extravaganza. Pineapple Poll - Poll is in love with the swashbuckling Captain Belaye of the HMS Hot Cross Bun, and so spurns the attentions of Jasper, potboy of the local inn. Alas Captain Belaye is secretly engaged to Blanche. When Belaye recalls his crew on board, Poll, disguising herself as a sailor, determinedly follows.
6 Jul 07 to 7 Jul 07The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L1956629342
13 Jun 07 to 16 Jun 07Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0641541552

Small Worlds/The Four Seasons - Summer/Autumn/Nine Sinatra Songs - T01459834004

Small Worlds, a new piece to music by Stravinsky and choreographed by BRB dancer Kit Holder. Set to Vivaldi's famous music, The Four Seasons celebrates the athletic power of the human body in a delightfully original style. Summer features iconic divers and somersaulting swimmers while Autumn combines jockeys and gymnasts to demonstrate the powerful skill of the company. In Nine Sinatra Songs, seven couples tango, waltz and jive, gloriously celebrating Frank Sinatra, the 1950s and the seductive thrill of ballroom dancing. Dizzyingly embodying the acrobatic and sensual heights of ballroom style, this wildly popular classic by legendary US choreographer [Twyla Tharp] is a modern dance extravaganza.Choreographer Kit Holder (Small lWorlds). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (Nine Sinatra Songs).
29 Jun 07 to 30 Jun 07Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L0152447241

The Four Seasons (Summer/Autumn)/Small Worlds/Nine Sinatra Songs - T1332640874

Small Worlds is a new piece choreographed by BRB dancer [Kit Holder]. Set to Vivaldi's famous music, The Four Seasons celebrates the athletic power of the human body. Summer features iconic divers and somersaulting swimmers while Autumn combines jockeys and gymnasts to demonstrate the powerful skill of the company. In Nine Sinatra Songs, seven couples tango, waltz and jive, gloriously celebrating Frank Sinatra and the seductive thrill of ballroom dancing. This wildly popular classic by legendary US choreographer [Twyla Tharp] is a modern dance extravaganza.Choreographer Kit Holder (Small Worlds). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (Nine Sinatra Songs).
26 Jun 07 to 27 Jun 07Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L0400248659

Solitaire/Pineapple Poll/Take Five - T0663477483

In Solitaire, our heroine is an outsider who finds it hard to find acceptance and so dances alone, rejoicing in her solitude. This moving celebration of the power of one is an early work by [Kenneth MacMillan] who was the principal choreographer for the Royal Ballet Companies for many years. Pineapple Poll tells the tale of a feisty lass who is in love with the swashbuckling Captain Belaye of the HMS Hot Cross Bun, and so spurns the attentions of Jasper, potboy of the local inn. Alas Captain Belaye is secretly engaged to Blanche. When Belaye recalls his crew on board Poll, disguising herself as a sailor, determinedly follows. The programme is completed by Take Five, a new work created by BRB Director [David Bintley], to [Dave Brubeck]'s iconic music.Music Malcolm Arnold (Solitaire). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Solitaire). Design Kim Beresford (Solitaire). Music Dave Brubeck (Take Five). Choreographer David Bintley (Take Five). Music Arthur Sullivan (Pineapple Poll). Music Charles Mackerras (Pineapple Poll - arrangement). Choreographer John Cranko (Pineapple Poll). Design Osbert Lancaster (Pineapple Poll).
26 Jun 07 to 27 Jun 07Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L1524928484

Cyrano - T799788969

New Production. This hilarious and heartbreaking story of one of man's truly self-sacrificing devotion, is set in 17th century France and has been made famous to modern audiences through stage and film. Set to a specially commissioned score by [Carl Davis], Cyrano tells the story of poet and soldier Cyrano who pens love letters to the beautiful Roxane on behalf of his friend. Cyrano however, is in love with the same woman though he fears his nose hopelessly disadvantages him.Choreographer David Bintley. Music Carl Davis.
6 Mar 07 to 10 Mar 07Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L01204305264
3 Mar 07Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L0221151720
22 Feb 07 to 24 Feb 07The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L02039328155
7 Feb 07 to 10 Feb 07Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L01851900088

Stravinsky! A Celebration 2007 - Agon/Stravinsky Violin Concerto/Symphony in Three Movements - T1135711301

Birmingham Royal Ballet continue their Stravinsky celebrations with a spectacular triple bill combining the music of Stravinsky with the choreography of [George Balanchine], one of the most important modern dance practitioners. Agon - This masterwork of modern ballet is a chronicle of movement styles, in one sparkling ballet. Agon is a detailed exploration of ritual, ceremony and the power of human dance - a mesmerising experience not to be missed. Stravinsky Violin Concerto - This fascinating ballet in hour movement explores a tumultuous struggle between the sexes. Playful and disturbing in equal measure this is deeply affecting dance. Symphony in Three Movements - Jazzy and intense, this large ensemble work is energetic, quick and surprising. Stravinsky was said to have been inspired by his impressions of World War II but Balanchine's complex choreography provides an intriguingly abstract narrative.Choreographer George Balanchine. Music Stravinsky.
27 Feb 07 to 28 Feb 07Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L1522645082
20 Feb 07 to 21 Feb 07The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0719955169
14 Feb 07 to 17 Feb 07Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L997733332

Stravinsky Triple Bill and Romeo and Juliet - T0599007768

24 Oct 06 to 28 Oct 06Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1404916963

Brouillards/Solitaire/Pineapple Poll - T0794927826

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents three short, uplifting ballets - perfect for a summer evening at the theatre. Accompanied by its orchestra, this will be a wonderful opportunity to enjoy first-class performances in an intimate setting. Quirky and fast-paced, Brouillards is danced to Debussy's piano preludes. Exuding a more wistful tone, Solitaire is a moving celebration of the power of one. Finally, Pineapple Poll is a vibrant nautical comedy with a happy ending.Music Debussy (Brouillards). Choreographer John Cranko (Brouillards). Other Jane Bourne (rehearsed - Brouillards). Lighting Nicholas Ware (Brouillards). Music Malcolm Arnold (Solitaire). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Solitaire). Design Kim Beresford (Solitaire). Lighting Peter Teigen (Solitaire). Music Arthur Sullivan (Pineapple Poll). Music Charles Mackerras (Arr. Pineapple Poll). Choreographer John Cranko (Pineapple Poll). Design Osbert Lancaster (Pineapple Poll). Lighting Nicholas Ware (Pineapple Poll).
30 Jun 06 to 1 Jul 06Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L01430962261
23 Jun 06 to 24 Jun 06Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield :: V962
listing details L0711150847
19 Jun 06 to 21 Jun 06Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L888279599

Apollo/The Four Seasons (excerpts)/Nine Sinatra Songs - T1243759889

Choreographer George Balanchine (Apollo). Music Stravinsky (Apollo). Lighting Peter Teigen (Apollo). Choreographer Oliver Hindle (Four Seasons). Music Vivaldi (Four Seasons). Design Conor Murphy (Four Seasons). Lighting Charles Balfour (Four Seasons). Choreographer Twyla Tharp (Nine Sinatra Songs). Design Santo Loquasto (Nine Sinatra Songs). Costume Oscar de la Renta (Nine Sinatra Songs). Lighting Jennifer Tipton (Nine Sinatra Songs). Other Keith Roberts (staged - Nine Sinatra Songs).
27 Jun 06 to 28 Jun 06Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
listing details L1073288016
23 Jun 06 to 24 Jun 06Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L0320792014

The Seasons/Carmina Burana - T364431602

Choreographer David Bintley. Design Jean-Marc Puissant.
22 Feb 06Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L040678315

Solitaire/Checkmate/The Lady and the Fool - T1313443614

Three thrilling ballets from leading 20th century choreographers: in MacMillan's wistful Solitaire, a young girl remains an outsider despite her attempts to be accepted; in de Valois' Checkmate, the beautiful Black Queen mercilessly sweeps aside all opponents; and in Cranko's highly romantic The Lady and the Fool, true love triumphs.Music Malcolm Arnold (Solitaire). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Solitaire). Design Kim Beresford (Solitaire). Lighting Peter Teigen (Solitaire). Music Arthur Buss (Checkmate). Choreographer Ninette De Valois (Checkmate). Design E. McNight Kauffer (Checkmate). Music Giuseppe Verdi (arr. Charles Mackerras - The Lady and the Fool). Choreographer John Cranko (The Lady and the Fool). Design Kate Ford (The Lady and the Fool).
8 Nov 05 to 9 Nov 05Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
listing details L1567642289
5 Oct 05 to 8 Oct 05Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L0162849710

Checkmate/The Lady and the Fool/Hobson's Choice - T1662818536

Three ballets from leading 20th Century choreographers: in de Valois' Checkmate the beautiful Black Queen mercilessly sweeps aside all opponents; in Cranko's highly romantic The Lady and the Fool true love triumphs; and in MacMillan's wistful Solitaire a young girl remains an outsider despite her attempts to be accepted. Hobson's Choice- From the modest surrounds of a Salford shoe shop springs a gleeful romantic comedy. Will Mossop is a humble shoemaker, whose talent could take him far. Headstrong Maggie Hobson is learning to play by the rules - and win - in a man's world. Henry' Maggies father, is completely flummoxed by a younger generation every bit as stubborn as himself!Choreographer De Valois (Checkmate). Choreographer Cranko (The Lady and the Fool).
25 Oct 05 to 29 Oct 05Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L0160079824
18 Oct 05 to 22 Oct 05Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L0750199837

Dumbarton Oaks/Duo Concertant/Scenes de Ballet/The Rite of Spring - T01852168458

Music Stravinsky (Dumbarton Oaks). Choreographer Michael Kopinski (Dumbarton Oaks). Performer Michael Kipinski (Dumbarton Oaks). Music Stravinsky (Duo Concertant). Choreographer George Balanchine (Duo Concertant). Choreographer Fredrick Ashton (Scenes de Ballet). Choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky (The Rite of Spring).
8 Jun 05 to 11 Jun 05Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L427575529

Dumbarton Oaks/Duo Concertant/Monotones II/Five Tangos - T0766314089

Dumbarton Oaks - New Work. Duo Concertant - This lyrical but simply crafted ballet is one of Balanchine's most beautiful duets. The music, for violin and piano, almost surpasses the beauty and authority of the dance - a testimony to the long-standing partnership between composer and choreographer. Monotones II - Brilliantly displays the complimentary nature of music and movement. This mesmerising piece is fiercely demanding of those who dance the roles - a compelling showcase for the technical excellence of BRB's dancers. Five Tangos - The tango has always been associated with the fiery temperament of Latin America - redolent with conflict and passion, shaded with danger. Dutch choreographer Van Manen combines a sense of Latin flair with pure classicism to create heart-stopping dance.Music Stravinsky (Dumbarton Oaks). Choreographer Michael Kopinski (Dumbarton Oaks). Performer Michael Kipinski (Dumbarton Oaks). Music Stravinsky (Duo Concertant). Choreographer George Balanchine (Duo Concertant). Music Erik Satie (Monotones II). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Monotones II). Design Fredrick Ashton (Monotones II). Music Astor Piazzolla (Five Tangos). Choreographer Hans van Manen (Five Tangos). Design Jean-Paul Vroom (Five Tangos). Lighting John Hall (Five Tangos).
30 Apr 05Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough :: V0895700786
listing details L0971766866
26 Apr 05 to 28 Apr 05Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L1148004930
19 Apr 05 to 20 Apr 05Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L1913846849

Les Petits Riens/Brouillards/Elite Syncopations - T01641501775

Music Mozart. Music Debussy. Music Scott Joplin.
25 Apr 05 to 26 Apr 05Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
listing details L0997795728

Les Petits Riens/Brouillards/Elite Syncopations - T0646050660

Les Petits Riens features choreography by BRB's own Director, [David Bintley] and is danced to the music of [Mozart]. Brouillards is a lively comical work choreographed by [John Cranko] and danced to nine of Debussy's piano preludes. Elite Syncopations is an ever popular piece which features members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia joining dancers on stage, capturing the honky-tonk dance hall at the height of the great jazz age. Set to the ragtime music of [Scott Joplin] and others, [Kenneth MacMillan]'s wittiest ballet, with brilliantly coloured costumes by [Ian Spurling].Choreographer David Bintley (Les Petits). Music Mozart (Les Petits). Choreographer John Cranko (Brouillards). Music Debussy (Brouillards). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Elite Syncopations). Music Scott Joplin (Elite Syncopations). Costume Ian Spurling (Elite Syncopations).
22 Apr 05 to 23 Apr 05Theatre Royal, York :: V954
listing details L0747852301
19 Apr 05 to 20 Apr 05Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
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Dumbarton Oaks/Duo Concertant/Monotones II - T01173841021

Dumbarton Oaks - New Work. Duo Concertant - This lyrical but simply crafted ballet is one of Balanchine's most beautiful duets. The music, for violin and piano, almost surpasses the beauty and authority of the dance - a testimony to the long-standing partnership between composer and choreographer. Monotones II - Brilliantly displays the complimentary nature of music and movement. This mesmerising piece is fiercely demanding of those who dance the roles - a compelling showcase for the technical excellence of BRB's dancers.Music Stravinsky (Dumbarton Oaks). Choreographer Michael Kopinski (Dumbarton Oaks). Performer Michael Kipinski (Dumbarton Oaks). Music Stravinsky (Duo Concertant). Choreographer George Balanchine (Duo Concertant). Music Erik Satie (Monotones II). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Monotones II). Design Fredrick Ashton (Monotones II).
10 Apr 05 to 20 Apr 05Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L01046975286

The Four Seasons/Prodigal Son/In the Upper Room - T01556461649

Music Vivaldi. Music Prokofiev. Music Philip Glass. Design Conor Murphy. Design Georges Rouault. Lighting Peter Teigen. Lighting Jennifer Tipton. Costume Norma Kamli. Choreographer Oliver Hindle. Choreographer George Balanchine. Choreographer Twyla Tharp.
9 Mar 05 to 12 Mar 05Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L488616230

Such Sweet Thunder - T1486701644

[David Bintley]'s three part dance tribute to his hero Duke Ellington is guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles. The fun starts with a witty one-act Nutcracker, where The Nutcracker Sweeties are costumed by Conran, followed by The Orpheus Suite which retells the story of the original music man, but this time his powerful, bewitching music is the sweet siren of jazz. Sponsored (2004) by the de Valois Circle And finally, The Shakespeare Suite captures the essence of some of Shakespeare's wittiest, most heart-rending and purely evil characters. Murder, madness and mayhem have never been such fun! Sponsored (2004) by Richard ArcherChoreographer David Bintley.
28 Oct 04 to 30 Oct 04Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L704976727

Programme One: Western Symphony/The Two Pigeons - T1500437313

Frederick Ashton's The Two Pigeons is romantic ballet at its most charming. Based on a fable by La Fontaine, it tells the story of young love tempted to stray, and of homecoming and forgiveness. Drawing mesmerising performances from its leads, this is 'heavenly ballet' - The Dancing Times. In contrast Balanchine's Western Symphony brings the Wild West to life with its cowboys and dance-hall girls. Set to the popular folk tunes by Hershy Kay, orchestrator of many hit Broadway shows. Sponsored (2002) by American Airlines & Supported (2002) by The Patrick TrustChoreographer Frederick Ashton (The Two Pigeons). Choreographer George Balanchine (Western Symphony). Design John Boyt. Design Jacques Du Pont. Lighting Perry Silvey. Lighting Mark Jonathan. Costume Karinska. Music Hershy Kay. Music Andre Messager.
26 Oct 04 to 27 Oct 04Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1479315520

Such Sweet Thunder/The Orpheus Suite/The Shakespeare Suite/The Nutcracker Sweeties - T396966304

Music Duke Ellington. Music Billy Strayhorn (after Tchaikovsky). Music Colin Towns. Design Peter J Davison. Design Steve Scott. Lighting Steve Scott. Lighting Peter Mumford. Costume Kandis Cook. Costume Rasper Conran. Choreographer David Bintley.
6 Oct 04 to 9 Oct 04Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L01470338437

The Two Pigeons/Dante Sonata - T0438279693

The Two Pigeons - A romantic ballet at its most charming. The Two Pigeons is a heart-warmingly optimistic story of love. This colourful ballet never fails to draw mesmerising performances from it's leads. Dante Sonata - A tense battle between fragile innocence and desperate evil, created during the first few months of World War II, Dante Sonata is said to capture the anguish experienced by people at the time. Powerful, sombre, impassioned and highly dramatic in its movement.Choreographer Frederick Ashton. Design Jacques Dupont. Design Sophie Fedorovitch. Lighting Mark Jonathan. Music Andre Messager. Music Franz Liszt (arr. Constant Lambert).
9 Jun 04 to 12 Jun 04Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L01563933958

Concerto barocco/Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan/Monotones II/Tweedledum and Tweedledee/Five Tangos - T2093601135

Concerto barocco - Inspired by the structure and ornamentation of J.S. Bach's Concerto in D Minor, Balanchine reflects the use of two violins in the two ballerina roles. This breathtaking, stylish ballet has become established as one of Balanchine’s masterpieces, with two ballerina roles that will showcase the talents of BRB’s dancers. Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan was last performed by BRB to much critical acclaim in April 2000. Monotones II - An enigmatic classic by one of Britain’s greatest choreographers. Performed by three dancers to the hypnotic music of Satie. Tweedledum and Tweedledee - Popular characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice books spring hilariously to life; set to music by Percy Grainger. Five Tangos - The Tango has always been associated with the fiery temperament of Latin America. It is a dance of conflict and passion, shaded with a hint of danger. In this ballet, the Dutch choreographer Van Manen combines a sense of Latin flair with pure classicism to create a rich rhythmic sense of dance.Choreographer George Balanchine (Concerto barocco). Music J.S. Bach (Concerto barocco). Other Zippora Karz (staged). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Five Brahms...). Music Johannes Brahms (Five Brahms...). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Monotones II). Music Erik Satie (Monotones II). Choreographer Fredrick Ashton (Tweedledum and Tweedledee). Music Percy Grainger (Tweedledum and Tweedledee). Choreographer Hans van Manen (Five Tangos). Music Astor Piazzolla (Five Tangos).
26 Apr 04 to 27 Apr 04Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
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23 Apr 04 to 24 Apr 04Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple :: V883
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20 Apr 04 to 21 Apr 04Hall for Cornwall, Truro :: V1183
listing details L0905496090

Allegri diversi/Dante Sonata/Elite Syncopations - T969423385

A programme of three short ballets which will highlight the diversity and skill of the country's leading touring ballet companies. Allegri diversi - Bintley’s Allegri diversi scored to Rossini’s Variations for clarinet and small orchestra, skilfully intertwines the movements of the dancers to the mood of the music. Set in the garden of an Italian Renaissance villa, the colours suggest the season of spring. Dancing in pairs, the dancers display effortless elegance and swiftness of movement. Elite Syncopations - Set to the ragtime music of Scott Joplin, Elite Syncopations is Kenneth MacMillan’s wittiest ballet and has enjoyed success since it was first performed in 1974. MacMillan’s ballet, with brilliantly coloured costumes by Ian Spurling, captures all of the atmosphere of a honky-tonk dance hall at the height of the great jazz age.Choreographer David Bintley (Alegri diversi). Music Rossini (Allegri diversi). Design Terry Bartlett (Allegri diversi). Lighting John B. Read (Allegri diversi). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (re-created by Jean Bedells with assistance from David Bintley). Design Sophie Fedorivitch (Dante Sonata). Lighting Mark Jonathan (Dante Sonata). Choreographer Kenneth MacMillan (Elite Syncopations). Music Scott Joplin (Elite Syncopations). Design Ian Spurling (Elite Syncopations).
26 Apr 04 to 27 Apr 04Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough :: V0895700786
listing details L1120980392
23 Apr 04 to 24 Apr 04Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
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20 Apr 04 to 21 Apr 04Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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The Immortals - Apollo/The Sons of Horus/Krishna - T619371739

An opportunity to see a key work of the 20th century, a Company premiere and an exciting fusion of East and West.Choreographer George Balanchine (Apollo). Music Stravinsky (Apollo). Lighting Peter Teigen (Apollo). Corporate Sponsor American Airlines (Apollo 2003). Choreographer David Bintley (The Sons of Horus). Music Peter McGowan (The Sons of Horus). Design Terry Bartlett (The Sons of Horus). Lighting Peter Teigen (The Sons of Horus). Choreographer Nahid Siddiqui (Krishna). Music Hariprasad Chaurasia (Krishna). Design Kate Ford (Krishna). Lighting Peter Teigen (Krishna). Corporate Sponsor Carlton (Krishna 2003).
21 Oct 03 to 22 Oct 03Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
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14 Oct 03 to 15 Oct 03Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
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24 Sep 03 to 27 Sep 03Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
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Way Out West! - T0980211425

Fancy Free - Sights and sounds to set the pulse racing...It can only by Manhattan, where three thrill-seeking sailors on shore-leave are in search of pretty girls. With a catch score from [Leonard Bernstein], Fancy Free is the feel-good ballet that inspired the smash-hit musical On the Town. Western Symphony - The Wild West comes alive in an explosion of sizzling dance. Choreographer [George Balanchine] gives ballet an all-American zing, with his cowboys and bar-girls dancing flirtatiously in a dusky Western town, to a stirring arrangement of classic folk tunes. The performances will also include Concert Fantasy, a new ballet by [David Bintley] to music by [Tchaikovsky].Music Leonard Bernstein (Fancy Free). Choreographer Jerome Robbins (Fancy Free). Design Oliver Smith (Fancy Free). Costume Kermit Love (Fancy Free). Lighting Jennifer Tipton (Fancy Free). Music Hershy Kay (Western Symphony - arr. of traditional American melodies). Choreographer George Balachine (Western Symphony). Design John Boyt (Western Symphony). Costume Karinska (Western Symphony). Lighting Perry Silvey (Western Symphony). Music Tchaikovsky (Concert Fantasy). Choreographer David Bintley (Concert Fantasy). Lighting peter Teigen (Concert Fantasy).
13 May 03 to 14 May 03Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
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24 Jan 03 to 25 Jan 03The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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2 Oct 02 to 5 Oct 02Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L199814742

Arthur Part 1 - T01148050280

In a land wracked by hate and fear an unknown boy proves his right to wear the bitter crown of power. Backed by forces of magic and Arthur conquer evil or is he too flawed by human weaknesses to succeed? The survival of his kingdom and his own life as monarch are dependent on the powers that he holds as he acts out his destiny. In this epic ballet cycle of the Arthurian legends. David Bintley depicts an ever-changing world in which goodness and evil lock horns in a battle for the lives of both king and commoner. As he struggles for personal and public salvation through a plague of carnage and slaughter. Bintley's Arthur is a king of the past, present and future. Running time 2 hours 15 min.Choreographer David Bintley. Music John McCabe. Design Peter J Davison. Costume Jasper Conran. Lighting Peter Mumford. Conductor Barry Wordsworth. Conductor Paul Murphy. Conductor Philip Ellis. Company Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
4 Mar 03 to 8 Mar 03Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L86350554

Arthur Part 2 - T01293236337

Arthur Part 2 - the story reveals the tangled relationship of Camelot's nobility and the disastrous consequences which tear the fabric of this seeminly perfect society.Choreographer David Bintley. Costume Jasper Conran. Design Peter Davison. Music John McCabe.
5 Mar 03 to 8 Mar 03Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1721171078

Far From the Madding Crowd - T789995458

This moving ballet will touch anyone who has made choices in the name of love. Far from the Madding Crowd, based on [Thomas Hardy]'s tender novel, introduces beautiful Bathsheba Everdene. Thrown into country life when she inherits a farm, she stubbornly rejects offer of help - and more - from dependable Gabriel Oak. Following her heart, she marries dashing but untrustworthy Sergeant Troy. But always in the background is a third man. Farmer Boldwood nurses a brooding love that leads to catastrophe. Will Bathsheba's devoted Gabriel still be there to pick up the pieces? David Bintley creates some of the most glorious dance of his career for Bathsheba and her lovers. His pastoral production combines passion, romance and tragedy, evoking the tough rural landscape and the warmth and bravery of its people.Music Paul Reade. Choreographer David Bintley. Design Hayden Griffin. Lighting Mark Jonathan.
9 Oct 02 to 12 Oct 02Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L1790169189

Powder/Carmina Burana - T1105420443

Carmina Burana - Three trainee priests find that a seemingly harmless flirtation with the Goddess Fortuna gets them far more than they bargained for...Inventive and witty throughout, Carmina Burana is a riot of colour that teases your appetites and your senses. But beneath the dizzying carnival atmosphere snakes a darker fable - a gripping morality play for our times. Powder - Explore the heights and depths of your emotions to the music of [Mozart]'s popular clarinet concerto. Fluid and sensual, Stanton Welch]'s ballet brilliantly celebrates nostalgia, beauty and joy.
8 May 02 to 11 May 02Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L971951426

Tombeaux/Sanctum/Facade - T01959516684

Tombeaux - [David Bintley]'s homage to classical ballet draws you deep into a melancholy landscape. Tombeaux is Bintley's lament on the death of his mentor, the great Frederick Ashton. Sanctum - [Lila York]'s ballet, inspired by the silent movies of Charlie Chaplin and others, is about making time for the things that matter in an increasingly frantic modern world. Sanctum fizzes with dark humour and affecting touches of optimism. Facade - Based on Edith Sitwell's deliciously nonsensical poetry, Ashton's ballet embraces the fun of it all with whole-hearted and willful abandon. Be entertained by a series of delightful characters - an enjoyable break from the sanity of everyday life!Choreographer David Bintley (Tombeaux). Music William Walton (Tombeaux). Design Jasper Conran (Tombeaux). Lighting John B Read (Tombeaux). Choreographer Lila York (Sanctum). Music Maurice Ravel (Sanctum). Music Christopher Rouse (Sanctum). Costume Theoni V Aldredge (Sanctum). Lighting John B Read (Sanctum). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Facade). Music William Walton (Facade). Design John Armstrong (Facade).
13 Mar 02 to 16 Mar 02Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L845672607

The Silver Gala - T01271739607

To celebrate the re-opening of the Birmingham Hippodrome. The Silver Gala will feature [David Bintley]'s latest ballet The Seasons a programme of divertissement and the ever-popular Still Life at The Penguin Cafe. Tickets for these special performances are available by post only, on a first come first served basis.
13 Nov 01 to 14 Nov 01Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham :: V145
listing details L856545480

The Seasons/Prodigal Son/Still Life at the Penguin Cafe - T0717067369

Music Simon Jeffes (Still Life...). Choreographer David Bintley (Still Life...). Design Hayden Griffin (Still Life...). Lighting John B Read (Still Life...).
6 Nov 01 to 7 Nov 01Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L332728945
30 Oct 01 to 31 Oct 01Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
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24 Oct 01 to 25 Oct 01Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L84573614

The Seasons/Dante Sonata/Still Life at the Penguin Cafe - T1583263707

Music Simon Jeffes (Still Life...). Choreographer David Bintley (Still Life...). Design Hayden Griffin (Still Life...). Lighting John B Read (Still Life...). Music Franz Liszt (Dante Sonata). Music Constant Lambert (music arrangement -Dante Sonata). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Dante Sonata). Choreographer Jean Bedells (choreography recreated - Dante Sonata). Design Sophie Fedorovitch (Dante Sonata). Lighting Mark Jonathan (Dante Sonata).
13 Sep 01 to 15 Sep 01Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01250549374

Arthur Part 1 - T01887104769

In a land wracked by hate and fear an unknown boy proves his right to wear the bitter crown of power. Backed by forces of magic and Arthur conquer evil or is he too flawed by human weaknesses to succeed? The survival of his kingdom and his own life as monarch are dependent on the powers that he holds as he acts out his destiny. In this epic ballet cycle of the Arthurian legends. David Bintley depicts an ever-changing world in which goodness and evil lock horns in a battle for the lives of both king and commoner. As he struggles for personal and public salvation through a plague of carnage and slaughter. Bintley's Arthur is a king of the past, present and future. Running time 2 hours 15 min.Choreographer David Bintley. Music John McCabe. Design Peter J Davison. Costume Jasper Conran. Lighting Peter Mumford. Conductor Barry Wordsworth. Conductor Paul Murphy. Conductor Philip Ellis. Company Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
6 Jun 01 to 9 Jun 01Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L848531742
30 May 01 to 2 Jun 01The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L900189353
8 May 01 to 12 May 01Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
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2 Jun 00 to 5 Jun 00Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
listing details L1320174006
29 Mar 00 to 1 Apr 00Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L377375763
22 Mar 00 to 25 Mar 00Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
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15 Mar 00 to 18 Mar 00Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L1380741464

Arthur Part 2 - T1062851746

Arthur Part 2 - the story reveals the tangled relationship of Camelot's nobility and the disastrous consequences which tear the fabric of this seeminly perfect society.Choreographer David Bintley. Costume Jasper Conran. Design Peter Davison. Music John McCabe.
7 Jun 01 to 9 Jun 01Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L01445890489
30 May 01 to 2 Jun 01The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0845230154
9 May 01 to 12 May 01Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L01072692027

La Fille mal grande - T1393534365

[Fredrick Ashton]'s feel-ggod ballet blends a wicked sense of fun with heart-warming romance and spellbinding classical dance. Packed with love and laughter, La Fille mal gardee tells the story of pretty Lise who loves the young farmer Colas. But her mother, the cantakerous Widow Simone, has other plans for her in the shape of wealthy - but simple Alain….
15 Mar 01 to 17 Mar 01Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L739415590

Concerto Barocco/Powder/In the Upper Room - T01124324969

Concerto Barocco - [Balanchine]'s sparkling and stylish masterpiece. Powder - An effervescent ballet danced to [Mozart]'s clarinet concerto. In the Upper Room - Dancers in trainers and striking red pointe shoes - energy and flair from American phenomenon [Twyla Tharp].
13 Mar 01 to 14 Mar 01Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L0245128487
6 Mar 01 to 7 Mar 01Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham :: V140
listing details L1993339822

The Two Pigeons - T0988806115

The Two Pigeons - A romantic ballet at its most charming. The Two Pigeons is a heart-warmingly optimistic story of love. This colourful ballet never fails to draw mesmerising performances from it's leads.
2 Nov 00 to 4 Nov 00Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L378036748

Triple Bill - Scenes de ballet/Dante Sonata/Enigma Variations - T01735404088

Scenes de ballet - A stylish and inventive piece that draws upon the best loved traditions of classical dance. [Ashton] considered it to be one of this finest works and it could be described as a shorter version of a grand classical ballet with true ballerina role at its heart. Dante Sonata - A tense battle between fragile innocence and desperate evil, created during the first few months of World War II, Dante Sonata is said to capture the anguish experienced by people at the time. Powerful, sombre, impassioned and highly dramatic in its movement. Enigma Variations - The composer [Elgar] and his close friends and family are the subject matter of [Ashton]'s Enigma Variations says much about the qualities of friendship and love that sustain a creative artist.Music Igor Stravinsky (Scenes de ballet). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Scenes de ballet). Design Andre Beaurepaire (Scenes de ballet). Lighting Mark Jonathan (Scenes de ballet). Music Franz Liszt (Dante Sonata). Music Constant Lambert (music arrangement -Dante Sonata). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Dante Sonata). Choreographer Jean Bedells (choreography recreated - Dante Sonata). Design Sophie Fedorovitch (Dante Sonata). Lighting Mark Jonathan (Dante Sonata). Music Edward Elgar (Enigma Variations). Choreographer Frederick Ashton (Enigma Variations). Design Julia Trevelyan Oman (Enigma Variations). Lighting Mark Jonathan (Enigma Variations). Performer Sabrina Linzi. Performer Chi Cao. Performer Steven Monteith. Performer Rachel Peppin. Performer Andrea Tredinnick. Performer Rachel Hester. Performer Lei Zhao. Performer Juliana Bastos. Performer Carol-Anne Millar. Performer Andrew Murphy. Performer Dominic Antonucci. Performer Toby Norman-Wright. Performer Mikaela Polley. Performer Karina Hernandez. Performer Vixctoria Marr. Performer Laetitia Lo Sardo. Performer Isabel McMeekan. Performer Angela Paul.
31 Oct 00 to 1 Nov 00Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L01268317161
24 Oct 00 to 25 Oct 00Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L754513987

Divertissements/The Two Pigeons - T1465569590

Divertissements - Four short works that show the range of [Ashton]'s styles: Voices of Spring- A beautiful evocation of spring, set to music by [Johann Strauss II], Five Brahms Waltzes in the manner of Isadora Duncan - Inspired by the fascinating, controversial and compelling dancing of [Isadora Duncan]. Tweedledum and Tweedledee - Three popular characters from [Lewis Carroll]'s Alice books spring hilariously to life. Set to music by Percy Grainger. The Walk to the Paradise Garden - Delius's beautiful score translated into dance. - The Two Pigeons - Despite many temptations, true love wins the day. This heart-warmingly optimistic show is romantic ballet at its most charming and never fails to draw mesmerising performances from its leads.Music Andre Messager (The Two Pigeons). Choreographer Drederick Ashton. Design Jacques Dupont (The Two Pigeons). Lighting Mark Jonathan (The Two Pigeons). Performer Sabrina Linzi. Performer Chi Cao. Performer Steven Monteith. Performer Rachel Peppin. Performer Andrea Tredinnick. Performer Rachel Hester. Performer Lei Zhao. Performer Juliana Bastos. Performer Carol-Anne Millar. Performer Andrew Murphy. Performer Dominic Antonucci. Performer Toby Norman-Wright. Performer Mikaela Polley. Performer Karina Hernandez. Performer Vixctoria Marr. Performer Laetitia Lo Sardo. Performer Isabel McMeekan. Performer Angela Paul.
26 Oct 00 to 28 Oct 00Empire Theatre, Sunderland :: V577
listing details L01789246423

T1386879513

Programme 2: Scenes de ballet/Dante Sonata/Enigma Variations
19 Oct 00 to 21 Oct 00Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L382771262
14 Apr 00 to 20 Apr 00Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham :: V143
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T0168998332

Programme 1: Divertissements and Two Pigeons
17 Oct 00 to 18 Oct 00Theatre Royal, Plymouth :: V895
listing details L523402321
5 Apr 00 to 10 Apr 00Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham :: V143
listing details L146548783

A Jazz Triple Bill - T084645273

A Jazz Triple Bill - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, The Shakespeare Suite and The Nutcracker SweetiesMusic Richard Rodgers (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Choreographer George Balanchine (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Design Kate Ford (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Lighting Nicholas Royle (Slaughter on Tenth Avenue). Music Duke Ellington (The Shakespeare Suite). Choreographer David Bintley (The Shakespeare Suite). Design Steve Scott (The Shakespeare Suite). Lighting Steve Scott (The Shakespeare Suite). Costume Jasper Conran (The Shakespeare Suite). Music Duke Ellington (The Nutcracker Sweeties). Music Billy Strayhorn (The Nutcracker Sweeties)). Choreographer David Bintley (The Nutcracker Sweeties). Design Peter J Davison (The Nutcracker Sweeties). Costume Jasper Conran. Lighting Peter Mumford (The Nutcracker Sweeties).
16 Jun 00 to 17 Jun 00The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
listing details L0323352130
8 Jun 00 to 10 Jun 00Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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T108266584

A Jazz Triple Bill - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, The Shakespeare Suite and The Nutcracker Sweeties
29 Oct 99 to 30 Oct 99Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L1343949587

T01328740107

Triple Bill, The Four Seasons, The Dance House, Limb's Theorem
18 May 99 to 19 May 99Palace Theatre, Manchester :: V490
listing details L0819962657
18 May 99 to 19 May 99Palace Theatre, Manchester :: V490
listing details L370546312

T1285060805

The Prospect Before Us (Dame Ninette de Valois), The Protecting Veil (Bintley/Tavener), In the Upper Room ([Twyla Tharp] and [Philip Glass]).
10 Feb 99 to 13 Feb 99Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L159252344
10 Feb 99 to 13 Feb 99Sadler's Wells Theatre, Inner London :: V224
listing details L1626597026

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21 Apr 10 to 22 Apr 10London Coliseum, West End :: V376
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24 Apr 98 to 25 Apr 98Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol :: V856
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