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  1. 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; Tyrone Singleton; Rory Mackay; Kit Holder
  2. 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 Yasuo Atsuji Benvolio Brandon Lawrence
  3. 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 ?
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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: https://www.brb.org.uk/cinderelladreams
  7. 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 25 - July 29 2017 and international students can audition via video or online. I hope some readers of balletco will spread the word! For more information, please visit: https://www.sarasotaballet.org/international-intensive-summer-2017 Thank you! Christopher Hird Director or Education The Sarasota Ballet
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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 take the lead, as Elisha Willis, who had taken that role at the first performance, had already left York and so could not take over. Marion Tait came on stage to explain and apologise and the audience reacted sympathetically. The programme is well balanced, opening with Ashton's Les Rendezvous, still in the garish designs that are at total variance with Ashton's intention. In two performances the leads were reprised by Elisha Willis and Chi Cao but at the final performance Delia Mathews and Brandon Lawrence took over. Until her fall Delia tackled the tricky choreography fairly confidently and with more Ashtonian style than most of the other dancers. Brandon also impressed with good control and charismatic stage presence. The middle piece is Alex Whitley's Kin, premiered last year and still impressing with its choreographic ingenuity, testing the dancers both technically and emotionally. Although Whitley was at one time a dancer with the company, before moving to Rambert, it is more contemporary than the other pieces in their rep and the dancers respond energetically. The leads at the two performances were Elisha Willis and Joe Caley, and Delia Mathews and William Bracewell. They performed it differently but well but there was regret that Jenna Roberts's injury has prevented her from reprising it. The final piece is that audience favourite, Elite Syncopations. The audience applauded at the start, when the curtain lifts to reveal the band on stage and in costume. Across the three performances many soloists strutted their stuff but the star has to be James Barton, deploying his dramatic flair to the full, and in role at all times, even when other dancers are featured. One innovation this year is a pre-performance talk. Marion Tait, at her most eloquent, and Dominic Antonucci, were clear and enthusiastic, explaining the purpose of the mid-season tour, describing the daily routine of the dancers and talking about their own experience and describing the bill. Everyone found it a fascinating and informative talk.
  11. 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.
  12. 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 that approach Rory's sensitive and detailed characterisation is very effective. In the evening Momoko Hirata's dancing was technically assured and elegant and Cesar Morales's Franz a sympathetic chancer, danced with his usual stylistic aplomb, and Jonathan Payn an effective conventional Coppelius.The Act 3 solos were well done in both performances; Jenna Roberts danced Prayer sensitively in both performances- it's a difficult solo to pull off but she had the necessary gravity and control. As Dawn, Karla Doorbar and Yvette Knight, very different dancers in physique and style, were equally good. In Act 1, Daria Stanciulescu, a dancer new to me, and Maureya Lebowitz, again very different dancers, were sultry Gypsies. On Friday BRB premiered First Steps: a Child's Coppelia. I was unable to see it but it sounds an interesting variation on the child-friendly performances that British companies have been introducing. It was the Festival Theatre iwho suggested it, professional dancers will be performing and talking about their roles and the orchestra will be playing so it will be quite a full scale introduction.
  13. 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
  14. BRB have announced their end-of-season promotions, leavers and joiners: http://brb.org.uk/Announcements-2014.html
  15. 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 in Les Rendezvous. Firstly, just how strong the dancing of the men at BRB is. It's a recurring theme for my reviews of the company. My ballet buddy and I had a chat in the interval about this and she suggested that this might be partly because David Bintley carefully picks pieces and choreographs ballets with such strong parts for male dancers. In any case, I've mentioned how talented they are before and I'm happy to repeat myself. The second thing that stood out is just how good Laura Day is. I'd enjoyed her performance in Card Game earlier in the season, but I'd suspected it was largely because the role suited her so perfectly. But here she shone whenever she was on stage. It's possibly the highest compliment I can pay at the moment when I say that Laura strongly reminded me of ENB's superb Nancy Osbaldston, as Nancy is already one of my all time favourite dancers. They both share a small stature, but actually the connection is that they both have a sublime grace of movement. It's agonisingly hard to describe what I mean, but there's that indefinable something that makes them both an absolute pleasure to watch. I note from the programme that she was born in Cheltenham, so I hope she had lots of family and friends in to witness what a talent she's becoming. Kin. If Jenna Roberts were to declare that she doesn't love contemporary choreography above everything else, I would eat my trousers. It simply can't be possible to act the way she inhabited her role in Kin. She was equally perfect in Lyric Pieces the last time BRB were in Cheltenham, too. It's almost like she is in the company as the contemporary specialist! She was utterly mesmeric to watch in a piece that I came to adore as it went on. Kin is a fascinating piece. In brooding monochrome with a similarly monochromatic but subtly textured score to match, this abstract ballet's choreography was complex, fiendishly difficult-looking in places and fascinating. In one pas de deux with Jenna Roberts and Joseph Caley, the two dancers seemed completely separate on the stage, seemingly disconnected. In places, though, the two synchronise and match movements or come into contact with one another. As a means to express the invisible but powerful bonds that exist between people, it was immensely powerful. Alexander Whitley's choreography was some of the most interesting I've seen, and has further whetted the appetite for more contemporary works that Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet first instilled in me last year. More please! I should also mention that the costumes in this were fantastic. Jean-Marc Puissant provided the costumes for Take Five too, and these shared the same elegant, cool simplicity of that show. Elite Syncopations I've already waxed lyrical about this performance here, and it all applies equally here. I love this piece. Once again, the curtain simply going up got a gasp of approval from the audience! Getting to see Yvette Knight and James Barton's Alaskan Rag again was an absolute joy - I don't think I've seen anything in a theatre that has made me feel so happy! Once again, this was danced beautifully by everyone, including a lovely solo by Samara Downs. Because I'm slightly worried that you lot might have concluded from previous reviews that I have the least discerning taste on the planet, and that I'm someone who probably just dishes out worship indiscriminately, I wish I could find some criticism, somewhere, of this triple bill. I simply can't. If you think I've waffled or written too much in this review, think yourself lucky. I could've written ten times this amount and still not have covered off everything I wanted to heap praise upon. It was immaculate, simply immaculate.
  16. 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 by Sir Frederick Ashton, alongside 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. NEW HOLDER Inspired by the fantastically exciting and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla's The Four Season's of Buenos Aires, Company First Artist Kit Holder creates his third ballet for the Company. With it's first performance at the second International Dance Festival Birmingham, after the success of Kit's 9-5 for the 2012 festival, this work is sure to be a great success. 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 are: Beauty and the Beast: Act I pas de deux Hobson's Choice: Clog Dance and Lily of Laguna pas de deux La Fille mal gardée: Ribbon pas de deux FACADE Finally, based on Edith Sitwell's deliciously nonsensical poetry, Façade embraces the fun of it all with whole-hearted and wilful abandon. Be entertained by a series of delightful characters dancing tangos, foxtrots and waltzes, all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Choreographed in 1931, Façade was Sir Frederick Ashton's first big hit, and is full of the gentle comedy he is known and loved for - an enjoyable break from the sanity of everyday life! South tour spring 2014 Les Rendezvous | Kin. | Elite Syncopations Everyman Theatre 9 - 10 May 2014 The Lighthouse 13 - 14 May 2014 Hall for Cornwall 16 - 17 May 2014 Wycombe Swan 20 - 21 June 2014 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 it's 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. 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. IDFB 2014 Programme One New Holder | Kin. | Les Rendezvous The Crescent Theatre 24 - 25 April 2014 After the success of the Company's 2012 performances, Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to International Dance Festival Birmingham with two new commissions from young choreographers and one of Sir Frederick Ashton's best-loved ballets. NEW HOLDER Inspired by the fantastically exciting and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla's The Four Season's of Buenos Aires, Company First Artist Kit Holder creates his third ballet for the Company. With it's first performance at the second International Dance Festival Birmingham, after the success of Kit's 9-5 for the 2012 festival, this work is sure to be a great success. 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 it's premiere at the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014. Not to be missed! 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. IDFB 2014 Programme Two New Holder | Kin. | Façade The Crescent Theatre 26 April 2014 After the success of the Company's 2012 performances, Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to International Dance Festival Birmingham with two new commissions from young choreographers and one of Sir Frederick Ashton's best-loved ballets. NEW HOLDER Inspired by the fantastically exciting and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla's The Four Season's of Buenos Aires, Company First Artist Kit Holder creates his third ballet for the Company. With it's first performance at the second International Dance Festival Birmingham, after the success of Kit's 9-5 for the 2012 festival, this work is sure to be a great success. 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 it's premiere at the 2013 International Dance Festival Birmingham. Not to be missed! FACADE Finally, based on Edith Sitwell's deliciously nonsensical poetry, Façade embraces the fun of it all with whole-hearted and wilful abandon. Be entertained by a series of delightful characters dancing tangos, foxtrots and waltzes, all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Choreographed in 1931, Façade was Sir Frederick Ashton's first big hit, and is full of the gentle comedy he is known and loved for - an enjoyable break from the sanity of everyday life! La Fille Mal Garde in Nottingham
  17. 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.
  18. 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 badly.
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