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Birmingham Royal Ballet triumphs in Japan
09 June 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet to proceed with 2011 tour to Japan
15 April 2011
2011-12 season at Birmingham Hippodrome
21 March 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet's split tour 2011
07 February 2011
An Evening of Music and Dance at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Friday 4 February 2011
10 January 2011
2011 international tour to Hong Kong
06 January 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet's brand-new production of Cinderella
02 November 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet's ArtsFest 2010 performances supported by The Ticket Factory
08 September 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet's 2010 split tour
13 April 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet announces only international engagement for 2010
18 March 2010
Company Gala to be attended by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
25 February 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet scoops prestigious South Bank Show award
27 January 2010
New production of Cinderella announced for winter 2010
07 December 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet announce appointment of new Music Director
06 November 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet Nominated for a TMA Award
15 October 2009
Promotions and New Dancers Announced
06 July 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet Appoints New Ballet Master
18 June 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Summer Performances at the Hippodrome
13 May 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet announces 2009-10 season
09 April 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Coliseum
26 March 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Spring 2009 Season at the Birmingham Hippodrome
09 February 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Triumphant Return from China
06 February 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Tour to China
18 December 2008
Appointment of New Chairman to Birmingham Royal Ballet Board
03 December 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet to take part in Spring Dance at the London Coliseum
22 October 2008
Company invites first-time attenders for free
06 October 2008
Company announcements 2008
15 July 2008
David Bintley announcement
26 June 2008
Summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome 2008
12 May 2008
Desmond Kelly OBE Appointed as Artistic Director of Elmhurst
07 May 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet Unveils 2008/09 Season
28 April 2008
Dance Track Celebrates 10 Years and Expands
02 April 2008

Scheme to find talented Youngsters to reach Aston, Lozells and Handsworth
02 April 2008
Young and old unite at Easter
01 April 2008
Five Years of Freefall Dance
11 March 2008
Iain Mackay and Sylvia Jimenez Announce Future Plans
06 March 2008
Chi Cao to Feature in Film Adaptation of Bestseller
04 March 2008
National Dance Awards for Desmond Kelly, Marion Tait and Carol-Anne Millar
23 January 2008
Swan Lake and All That Jazz at the Birmingham Hippodrome
15 January 2008
Swan Lake at the Belfast Grand Opera House
14 January 2008
Company tour Japan 2008
19 December 2007
The Nutcracker returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome
30 October 2007
Birmingham Royal Ballet triumphs at TMA Awards
22 October 2007
Guest Artists for autumn 2007 dates
17 September 2007
Sadler's Wells autumn 2007
13 September 2007
Birmingham Royal Ballet's autumn season at Birmingham Hippodrome
01 August 2007
End of Season Announcements
08 July 2007
Principal dancer Robert Parker announces 2006/07 season his last
05 February 2007
Newly appointed Director of Learning
25 January 2007
BRB to debut at 2007 Virginia Arts Festival
08 December 2006
Royal Patron for Elmhurst School for Dance
17 October 2006
BRB to perfom romantic classic Romeo and Juliet at Birmingham Hippodrome
25 August 2006
BRB announcements August 2006
10 August 2006
Development Director appointed at Birmingham Royal Ballet
16 June 2006
Elmhurst School for Dance appoints new Artistic Director
02 February 2004

 
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Summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome 2008


12 May 2008

A world premiere for Birmingham Royal Ballet
19th Century Romanticism
Igor Stravinsky Celebration


Birmingham Royal Ballet's summer season 2008 continues with David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle. After an absence of almost five years, the full-length ballet returns to the Hippodrome stage from 25 - 28 June 2008. The triple bill Stravinsky: the real deal, celebrates the music of the great ballet composer and consists of three contrasting works. This programme runs from 3 – 5 July 2008, including Le Baiser de la fée, a world premiere for the Company by choreographer Michael Corder.

Giselle
25 – 28 June
This production of Giselle, a full-length ballet, was first performed by the Company in 1999 and tells the tragic story of a gentle peasant girl and her doomed love for a young nobleman.

Giselle is unaware that the man she loves, Albrecht, is in fact a nobleman, engaged to be married to a Countess. When Albrecht’s true identity is revealed, Giselle is distraught at the betrayal and dies of a broken heart. We are then transported into the eerie world of the forest, with its gliding ghosts and tortured spirits where Giselle and other would-be brides are destined to remain.

The tragic story of Giselle is considered by many to be the epitome of the 19th Century Romantic classical ballet and broke new ground when it was first conceived. The fusing of the popular appeal of historical local colour with shadowy spirits created The Wilis, ghosts of girls jilted by their lovers, who haunt the forest. These spirits dance to death any man they meet during the hours of darkness.

The role of Giselle is one of the most sought-after in ballet, demanding both technical perfection and outstanding grace and lyricism, as well as great dramatic skill.

Stravinsky: the real deal
Petrushka/Le Baiser de le fee/Card Game

3 – 5 July
Petrushka
Petrushka has remained an anarchic force on stages around the world since the Ballets Russes' 1911 premiere. 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
A brand-new version of Le Baiser de la fée, choreographed by Michael Corder and designed by John Macfarlane. 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.

ENDS

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Summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome 2008

A world premiere for Birmingham Royal Ballet
19th Century Romanticism
Igor Stravinsky Celebration


Birmingham Royal Ballet's summer season 2008 continues with David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle. After an absence of almost five years, the full-length ballet returns to the Hippodrome stage from 25 - 28 June 2008. The triple bill Stravinsky: the real deal, celebrates the music of the great ballet composer and consists of three contrasting works. This programme runs from 3 – 5 July 2008, including Le Baiser de la fée, a world premiere for the Company by choreographer Michael Corder.

Giselle
25 – 28 June
This production of Giselle, a full-length ballet, was first performed by the Company in 1999 and tells the tragic story of a gentle peasant girl and her doomed love for a young nobleman.

Giselle is unaware that the man she loves, Albrecht, is in fact a nobleman, engaged to be married to a Countess. When Albrecht’s true identity is revealed, Giselle is distraught at the betrayal and dies of a broken heart. We are then transported into the eerie world of the forest, with its gliding ghosts and tortured spirits where Giselle and other would-be brides are destined to remain.

The tragic story of Giselle is considered by many to be the epitome of the 19th Century Romantic classical ballet and broke new ground when it was first conceived. The fusing of the popular appeal of historical local colour with shadowy spirits created The Wilis, ghosts of girls jilted by their lovers, who haunt the forest. These spirits dance to death any man they meet during the hours of darkness.

The role of Giselle is one of the most sought-after in ballet, demanding both technical perfection and outstanding grace and lyricism, as well as great dramatic skill.

Stravinsky: the real deal
Petrushka/Le Baiser de le fee/Card Game

3 – 5 July
Petrushka
Petrushka has remained an anarchic force on stages around the world since the Ballets Russes' 1911 premiere. 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
A brand-new version of Le Baiser de la fée, choreographed by Michael Corder and designed by John Macfarlane. 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.