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Birmingham Royal Ballet - exhibition - Ballet? What's that? @ Aston Hall Birmingham on 20th September 2020

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So last Sunday was my first ballet-related outing since the premiere of Geisha on 14th March.


Aston Hall (part of the Birmingham Museums portfolio) was hosting an exhibition of BRB costumes from Cinderella and The Nutcracker and some other props and I set off down the M6 in a great state of excitement.


I'd never heard of Aston Hall before let alone been there and wow is it impressive!!  Aston Hall is a Jacobean mansion and is just gorgeous.  Although it is seriously grand it also felt as though it had been a home and I can't wait to see it properly when things are back to normal.


The fun started as we entered the hall to have our names ticked off the list and a pianist was playing.  As we followed the arrows we came upon costume after costume in glorious surroundings.  In the great hall four of the newer members of the company were giving a demonstration of barre work and in another room two dancers were giving a demonstration of partnering (just as well the ceilings were high!).


There were plenty of people around to ask if we had any questions.  We were all wearing masks and everything was in place to make sure that we were all very socially distanced.  It really was a super event in which to dip my toes back in the ballet waters!


The Nutcracker:











Shoes and props:




Dancer's travel case:



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12 hours ago, Ian Macmillan said:

Those Travel Cases have not changed appreciably in 60 years - 2 similar are sitting in our garage.


They're probably the same ones!  ENB's (last time I saw them - a few years ago) looked as though they'd been to the moon and back several times!

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