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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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Birmingham Royal Ballet announces 2009-10 season


09 April 2009

The Company Celebrates 20 Years in Birmingham in 2010
Premiere of E=mc² by David Bintley
Three performances in the Spring of 2010 celebrating 20 years of Birmingham Royal Ballet


Birmingham Royal Ballet this week announces its 2009/10 Season, unveiling plans for special celebrations for the Company's 20th year in Birmingham and a new ballet by David Bintley. The year will be a splendid showcase for the full range of Birmingham Royal Ballet's work. Christopher Barron, Chief Executive, remarked today 'In the 20 years since it arrived in Birmingham, the Company has gone from strength to strength and is now rightly recognised as a major international force in the world of classical dance.

The Company will open its season with Quantum Leaps, three contrasting ballets offering a lively evening of entertainment. Stanton Welch's Powder, danced to Mozart's clarinet concerto celebrates beauty, nostalgia and joy. David Bintley's new ballet E=mc² is set to music by Australian composer Matthew Hindson and The Centre and It's Opposite is a new work by contemporary choreographer Garry Stewart, Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre. Set to a rhythmically powerful electronic soundscape, the work presents the audience with an intense explosion of rapid-fire classical ballet fused with hard-edged contemporary dance.

David Bintley's production of Cyrano also returns during the autumn. The hilarious and heartbreaking story of one man's truly self-sacrificing devotion delighted audiences around the country when first performed in 2007. Later in 2009, the firm family favourite, The Nutcracker returns to delight audiences during November and December. Peter Wright's magical production is guaranteed to cast a festive spell over all that see it.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest ballets from Imperial Russia, The Sleeping Beauty, will be performed during March. Birmingham Royal Ballet's production by Peter Wright brings the story to life with lavish sets, over 150 beautiful hand-sewn costumes and a cast of over 80.

During 2010, Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates its 20th year in the city of Birmingham and will stage some of the Company's most memorable ballets to commemorate its achievements. The three performances of the 20 Years Celebration will mark the start of the anniversary celebrations of the Company's arrival in the city of Birmingham. The performances will include excerpts from the varied repertory that has been enjoyed by many over the last two decades.

In June, On Their Toes!, a mixed programme featuring Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Grosse Fuge and Theme and Variations will entertain audiences with differing ballet styles. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a crazy tale of a high-kicking stripper and a happy-go-lucky hero who literally has to dance for his life. Grosse Fuge is a dramatic and sensual ballet by Hans van Manen, former Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater. Theme and Variations is a joyous ballet with its thrilling Tchaikovsky music, glittering silver and blue tutus and sumptuous décor, it has delighted audiences all over the world.

Probably the most famous and popular ballet in the world, Swan Lake also returns in June. The ballet is a classic tale of evil magicians, handsome princes, beautiful maidens and a doomed fairy-tale love affair.

Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's majestic production of Swan Lake tells the story of the young Prince Siegfried and his doomed love for the enchanted swan princess, Odette.

Accompanied by one of the loveliest Tchaikovsky scores, the ballet has the power to transport one through an enchanted landscape, across dark fields and forbidding forests to a moonlit lake where, every night, a magical transformation takes place. This production of the much-loved classic, with sumptuous designs by Philip Prowse, was first performed by the Company in 1981 and has since successfully toured extensively throughout the UK and overseas.

Diary of performances for the 2009-10 Birmingham season



Quantum Leaps
Powder / E=mc² / The Centre and its Opposite
23 – 26 September

Cyrano
30 September – 3 October

The Nutcracker
27 November – 13 December

The Sleeping Beauty
3 – 13 March

20 Years Celebration
9 & 10 March

Stepping out…
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / Grosse Fuge / Theme and Variations

16 – 19 June

Swan Lake
24 – 26 June

ENDS

For further press information please contact:
Simon Harper, Media and PR Manager, on 0121 245 3562; Email: SimonHarper@brb.org.uk
or Claire Lishman, Media and PR Officer, on 0121 245 3549 Email: ClaireLishman@brb.org.uk

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Birmingham Royal Ballet announces 2009-10 season

The Company Celebrates 20 Years in Birmingham in 2010
Premiere of E=mc² by David Bintley
Three performances in the Spring of 2010 celebrating 20 years of Birmingham Royal Ballet


Birmingham Royal Ballet this week announces its 2009/10 Season, unveiling plans for special celebrations for the Company's 20th year in Birmingham and a new ballet by David Bintley. The year will be a splendid showcase for the full range of Birmingham Royal Ballet's work. Christopher Barron, Chief Executive, remarked today 'In the 20 years since it arrived in Birmingham, the Company has gone from strength to strength and is now rightly recognised as a major international force in the world of classical dance.

The Company will open its season with Quantum Leaps, three contrasting ballets offering a lively evening of entertainment. Stanton Welch's Powder, danced to Mozart's clarinet concerto celebrates beauty, nostalgia and joy. David Bintley's new ballet E=mc² is set to music by Australian composer Matthew Hindson and The Centre and It's Opposite is a new work by contemporary choreographer Garry Stewart, Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre. Set to a rhythmically powerful electronic soundscape, the work presents the audience with an intense explosion of rapid-fire classical ballet fused with hard-edged contemporary dance.

David Bintley's production of Cyrano also returns during the autumn. The hilarious and heartbreaking story of one man's truly self-sacrificing devotion delighted audiences around the country when first performed in 2007. Later in 2009, the firm family favourite, The Nutcracker returns to delight audiences during November and December. Peter Wright's magical production is guaranteed to cast a festive spell over all that see it.

Considered by many to be one of the greatest ballets from Imperial Russia, The Sleeping Beauty, will be performed during March. Birmingham Royal Ballet's production by Peter Wright brings the story to life with lavish sets, over 150 beautiful hand-sewn costumes and a cast of over 80.

During 2010, Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates its 20th year in the city of Birmingham and will stage some of the Company's most memorable ballets to commemorate its achievements. The three performances of the 20 Years Celebration will mark the start of the anniversary celebrations of the Company's arrival in the city of Birmingham. The performances will include excerpts from the varied repertory that has been enjoyed by many over the last two decades.

In June, On Their Toes!, a mixed programme featuring Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Grosse Fuge and Theme and Variations will entertain audiences with differing ballet styles. Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a crazy tale of a high-kicking stripper and a happy-go-lucky hero who literally has to dance for his life. Grosse Fuge is a dramatic and sensual ballet by Hans van Manen, former Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater. Theme and Variations is a joyous ballet with its thrilling Tchaikovsky music, glittering silver and blue tutus and sumptuous décor, it has delighted audiences all over the world.

Probably the most famous and popular ballet in the world, Swan Lake also returns in June. The ballet is a classic tale of evil magicians, handsome princes, beautiful maidens and a doomed fairy-tale love affair.

Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's majestic production of Swan Lake tells the story of the young Prince Siegfried and his doomed love for the enchanted swan princess, Odette.

Accompanied by one of the loveliest Tchaikovsky scores, the ballet has the power to transport one through an enchanted landscape, across dark fields and forbidding forests to a moonlit lake where, every night, a magical transformation takes place. This production of the much-loved classic, with sumptuous designs by Philip Prowse, was first performed by the Company in 1981 and has since successfully toured extensively throughout the UK and overseas.

Diary of performances for the 2009-10 Birmingham season



Quantum Leaps
Powder / E=mc² / The Centre and its Opposite
23 – 26 September

Cyrano
30 September – 3 October

The Nutcracker
27 November – 13 December

The Sleeping Beauty
3 – 13 March

20 Years Celebration
9 & 10 March

Stepping out…
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / Grosse Fuge / Theme and Variations

16 – 19 June

Swan Lake
24 – 26 June