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The Orpheus Suite
An introduction to Ellington
David Bintley discusses the appeal of the jazz legend
Read about the legend of Orpheus
Read reviews of previous performances
Journalist Duncan Heining talks to the big band leader and composer of The Orpheus Suite
David Bintley on the attraction of jazz
The creator of Take Five talks about his love of jazz
See shots from the Company studios
An overview of the ballet
Read quotes from reviews of previous performances
Meet the characters portrayed in the ballet
Geoffrey Smith looks at Duke Ellington's relationship with dance
'Danced by Birmingham Royal Ballet with a passion and exuberance that takes the breath away. It is simply stunning. Fresh, pure and utterly uplifting.'
Pat Ashworth, The Stage
'Propels the ancient myth into the chic, cold glare of modern times, exploring despair and betrayal with calculated sensuality. I cannot imagine anyone in the cast giving sharper performances'
Barbara Newman, Country Life
'Both musically and choreographically, The Orpheus Suite is showy but with a sinister undertone. Vice is clearly never far away.'
Lyndsey Winship, Dance Now
'Can you set tragedy to jazz and dazzle the crowd? Absolutely.'
Helen Beighton, Leicester Mercury
'Exhilaratingly frenetic and athletic...was greeted with roars of approval'
Bill Stone, Plymouth Herald
'Sizzling dancing... well worth the effort'
Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post
'The quality of the ballet remained at the highest possible standard, and the jazz was faultless.'
Andrew health, Solihull Times
'A non-stop explosion of light, movement and colour from the very first note.'
Phil Preece, Walsall Observer
'Brought warm applause from an audience which thoroughly enjoyed this exciting, funny, brilliant evening'
Pam Guyatt, Plymouth Extra
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