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  1. I really enjoyed this - I hope they heard me clapping through my laptop!! Thrilled to see again the wonderful partnership of Momoko Hirata and Cesar Morales, who I loved so much in Giselle last year and who danced really beautifully tonight. The adapted production worked really well and was still so rich and magical. Jonathan Payn was a commanding Drosselmeyer and Karla Doorbar a sweet Clara. Brilliant. Also delighted that it was dedicated to Marion Tait (and there was a really good interval film about the production, including an interview with her).
  2. From Twitter: 'It is with great disappointment that we have had to cancel Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall this year. The government restrictions from 2 December will limit public attendance at indoor events to 1,000 people which makes it financially impossible to stage a production of this scale. We had been determined to share The Nutcracker this year and had been investigating various options including a streamed performance, but the costs were just too great to make this a viable option. The Royal Albert Hall have
  3. Here is a bit of an email I received: We hope that you are still keeping safe and well during this challenging period of time. We continue to create new content through our Home From Home initiative and re-share some of our favourites from past years to help keep you entertained in these difficult months. The latest piece we would like to share premieres tomorrow (29 April) at 11am to mark International Dance Day. Company dancers Kit Holder and Tom Rogers have created Alone|Together, a beautiful piece of isolation dance and music, featuring five members of the Royal Ballet Sinfon
  4. Lachlan Monaghan Backstage is a small exhibition of photographs of dancers of the BRB. You can view this at the RBSA Gallery until 21st March. I went this morning and I really liked the photos. I am sorely tempted to buy one (but I'm not going to say which). http://www.rbsa.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/lachlan-monaghan-backstage/
  5. Casting is now up on the BRB website for the performances of La Fille Mal Gardée (November 1 - 3) https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/la-fille-mal-gardee#dates-and-times I've listed the casts below in the following order: Lise; Colas; Widow Simone; Alain Thursday Nov 1: Momoko Hirata; Mathias Dingman; Michael O'Hare; James Barton Friday Nov 2: Samara Downs; Yasuo Atsuji; Kit Holder; Tzu-Chao Chou Saturday Nov 3 (Mat: Maureya Lebowitz; César Morales; James Barton; AitorGalende Saturday Nov 3 (eve) Céline Gittens; Tyr
  6. Casting is now up for BRB's Romeo and Juliet at Sadler's Wells next week https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/venue/sadlers-wells Tuesday June 12 Juliet Momoko Hirata Romeo César Morales Mercutio Tzu-Chao Chou Tybalt Rory Mackay Benvolio Yasuo Atsuji Wednesday June 13 mat Juliet Nao Sakuma Romeo Chi Cao Mercutio Lachlan Monaghan Tybalt Valentin Olovyannikov Benvolio Edivaldo Souza da Silva Wednesday June 13 eve Juliet Jenna Roberts Romeo Tyrone Singleton Mercutio Max Maslen Tybalt Yasu
  7. I have just read that David Bintley is stepping down as Director at Birmingham at the end of this season. This is devastating news. It seems suspiciously sudden. Who do we think/hope will follow him? Please God it will be a Director anxious to maintain this Company as a classical Company. Who are the favourites ?
  8. Any of our fabulous adult dancers interested in this? I have a vested interest as I have an ex-colleague who is going to be a peer motivator and I lost my beautiful mom this summer after complications following a fall. Plus the outreach and participation department at BRB are just amazing and do wonderful work with so many sections of the community. https://www.facebook.com/bhamroyalballet/posts/10155038707483085
  9. I found this on the BRB website the other day and tried it out. It is very cool! Bring our animals to life with Augmented Reality! If you've got a iOS and Android device, go the page above and download the zappar app from the link on the page (it's free). Find a poster or open the page on your PC, and scan the blue circular code. Enjoy! I'm local to Dudley Zoo, so I'll have to make time to pop along! If you haven't got a mobile device, there is a video on teh page which shows what happens.
  10. I've just come across this via BRB's Facebook page: Dance students of all abilities, aged nine to adult, are invited to audition for Cinderella Dreams, a project from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Department for Learning. Inspired by the ballet and classic tale of Cinderella, it will be a unique experience, giving students from local dance schools across the West Midlands the opportunity to perform Cinderella Dreamsalongside Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers on the Birmingham Hippodrome stage on Monday 20 February 2017. Closing date for applications: Friday 19 August More details here:
  11. The Sarasota Ballet's International Intensive 2017 I'm delighted to announce the guest faculty for summer 2017: Dominic Antonucci - Ballet Master, Birmingham Royal Ballet Etta Murfitt - Associate Artistic Director, Matthew Bourne's New Adventures Robert Parker - Artistic Director, Elmhurst Ballet School Iain Webb - Director, The Sarasota Ballet Margaret Barbieri, Assistant Director, The Sarasota Ballet This is the first time in America that students will have the opportunity to work with these eminent artists and especially Matthew Bourne's company. It takes place from June
  12. Hi everyone, my 2 dd's have asked me if they can do the BRB insight day next month. I'm just wondering if anyone's dc's have done this before and what did they think of it? Also, I'll be taking all the children with me, (one of which is special needs) and would like to know if there is parking at the studios or even close to the studios. Thank you x
  13. Casting for Southampton Swan Lake as follows:- Date Odette/Odile//Prince Siegfried//Benno 26 Jan Nao Sakuma/Yasuo Atsuji/William Bracewell 27 Jan Yaoqian Shang/Cesar Morales/Tzu-Chao Chou 28 Mat Samara Downs/Jamie Bond/Feargus Campbell 28 Eve Delia Mathews/Brandon Lawrence/Mathias Dingman 29 Jan ~ as 27 Jan ~ 30 Mat Nao Sakuma/Mathia Dingman/Lewis Turner 30 Eve Samara Downs/Jamie Bond/Max Maslen
  14. The Northern leg opened in York on Tuesday, at the Grand Opera House, a venue new to the company. Although overall successful, the tour was plagued with problems. There were no programmes as those for the North had been sent to the South and vice versa. There were few cast sheets and on the Wednesday evening some of those available were those for the matinee. But by far the worst problem was that at the end of the first ballet on Wednesday night, Delia Mathews had a nasty fall, causing serious injury, and resulting in the cancellation of the middle piece, Kin, in which she was scheduled to tak
  15. Although BRB haven't announced details of their split tours for next year yet I received the brochure for the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham today and they will be performing there on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 May at 7.45, matinee Wednesday 2.00. Booking opens 29 November and the rep will be Quatrain (Kit Holder), Facade plus excerpts from Beauty and the Beast, Swan Lake and La Fille mal gardee.
  16. BRB has started its latest run of Coppelia in Edinburgh at the Festival Theatre. I missed the opening night but reports claim that Elisha Willis, Joe Caley and Michael O'Hare surpassed themselves. The Thursday matinee was notable for finally giving Samara Downs her first leading role, as Swanilda- previously she's always been a Friend, never the lead. Her dancing was confident and her interpretation impressive. Jamie Bond was a convincing Franz and Rory Mackay a touching Dr Coppelius: modern British productions underplay the sinister elements of Hoffman's eccentric scientist but within th
  17. BRB will be opening its newly-refurbished HQ to the public on Sunday 25 January, from 11am to 4pm: http://www.brb.org.uk/2015-open.html
  18. BRB have announced their end-of-season promotions, leavers and joiners: http://brb.org.uk/Announcements-2014.html
  19. Um, if you're not a fan of gushing praise you'll probably want to take this opportunity to finish the ironing. WHAT A SHOW. Birmingham Royal Ballet are a company on absolute fire at the moment. This triple bill, as a showcase of the immense depth and diversity of their talent, is second to none. Les Rendezvous was a lovely start to the show. The setting was simple, the costumes sumptuous, and the dancing full of summery joy. I'm not necessarily Ashton's biggest fan, but this was a candy-store delight. While it was danced beautifully by all the cast, two things really stood out
  20. Having a wander around the BRB website the other day, I came across the following: Please note that tickets are already on sale for Cheltenham, Truro and Buxton. North tour spring 2014 New Holder | Beauty and the Beast: Act I pas de deux | Hobson's Choice: Clog Dance and Lily of Laguna | La Fille mal gardée: Fanny Elssler pas de deux | Façade Theatre Severn 7 - 8 May 2014 Durham Gala 15 - 17 May 2014 Buxton Opera House 20 - 21 May 2014 This breathtaking programme presents an exciting new work from Company dancer and choreographer Kit Holder and an early hit ballet
  21. BRB's Nutcracker Season has opened at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Please put your thoughts on this thread. To whet your appetite, here's a featurette from the local ITV News.
  22. It's late, so I won't say much, but I did want to congratulate BRB's technical team on managing to transfer their production of Nutcracker to the barn O2 so well. It looked very good. I haven't seen it for over a decade, so I'll leave it to Janet and others with more recent experience to say if anything has changed. Some practicalities: with a late start and I suspect a longer interval than intended, it finished at just after 10 pm. The orchestra non-pit is in front of the stage, so nobody will be very close, and I think some people might have the harps in their line of sight quite badl
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