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Ballet, Birmingham & Me


Running alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella is a unique scheme called Ballet, Birmingham & Me, a partnership between Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Youth Service and Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs. BB&Me all began in March 2009, when young people were recruited from youth centres across the city – The Pump, 610, The Annexe, Milebrook Hall and Sutton Coldfield YMCA. 80 young people from across the City continue to work with Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers, creative teams and staff to bring their own version of Cinderella to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage on Tuesday 7 December 2010.

For further details, and exclusive video diaries, visit www.brb.org.uk/bbandme.

For Ballet, Birmingham & Me press enquiries please contact David Kuczora, on 0121 250 5777; Email: david@clivereeves.com

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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
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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
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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's brand-new production of Cinderella


02 November 2010

World Premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome



With tickets selling fast and several performances in Birmingham already sold out, Birmingham Royal Ballet's brand new production of the fairytale classic Cinderella, created by the Company's Director David Bintley, will be premiered at Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday 24 November–Sunday 12 December 2010.

Dedicated to the City of Birmingham in the Company's 20th anniversary year, Cinderella will open in the Company's home City, at its home theatre, on Wednesday 24 November with tours to Salford, Plymouth and London in 2011.

A favourite for all the family, this classic fairytale tells the story of Cinderella, a young girl who is neglected and mistreated by her stepmother and sisters. Cinderella's life is one of drudgery and hardship until the evening of a wonderful ball at the palace when her Fairy Godmother appears to cast a spell that will change her life forever. Transformed into a beautiful princess, she dances the night away in the arms of a handsome prince, before the clock chimes midnight and brings a sudden end to the party.

The production brings together, in their first-ever collaboration, the award-winning Director and choreographer David Bintley and internationally recognised artist and designer John Macfarlane. Cinderella also sees Bintley collaborating with lighting designer David Finn for the first time.

Recently talking about his choice of collaborators Bintley said: 'Right from the start, the choice of collaborators is paramount, absolutely paramount, especially when you are creating a big piece. The music is obviously a vital factor, but the look of the production is so important as well.

'I've never worked with the designer John Macfarlane or the lighting designer David Finn, although they've produced work for Birmingham Royal Ballet before, most famously for Peter [Wright]'s Nutcracker, created for the Company the year it moved to Birmingham.

'I've wanted to work with John in the past, but one of us has always been busy with other projects at the wrong times. As soon as we started work on the ballet, John and I established that we were going to do a 'proper' Cinderella. John immediately went to work and everything that he has produced is utterly beautiful and wonderful.'

Bintley has choreographed a string of successful ballets including Hobson's Choice, Cyrano, Edward II, Far from the Madding Crowd and Beauty and the Beast, has been awarded a CBE in 2001 and won the last-ever South Bank Show Dance Award in 2010 for his ballet E=mc². Macfarlane's designs have captivated audiences around the world including the Company's renowned production of The Nutcracker and the recent Le Baiser de la fée. Finn was resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project for eight years. His designs can be seen in the repertories of many dance companies including National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Australian Ballet, Twyla Tharp and Dancers and Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella is performed to one of Prokofiev's most popular and melodious compositions, composed between 1940 and 1944, and will be played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad.

Continuing to give young dancers the opportunity to perform with a professional dance company, students from Elmhurst School for Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet's associated ballet school, will dance minor roles during the Cinderella performances in Birmingham and the 2011 tour.

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella is sponsored (2010) by Mitchells & Butlers plc and supported (2010) by generous donations from David Lloyd, the estate of the late Lynne Groom and the Garfield Weston Foundation with additional support from Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director's Appeal, The Clock is Ticking campaign and The Big Arts Give 2010.

For further information, images and interview requests in connection with Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella 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

Notes to Editors:



Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella world premiere season booking and venue information 2010-11:

Birmingham Hippodrome (WORLD PREMIERE)
24 November–12 December 2010
Ticket Sales: 0844 338 5000 or www.birminghamhippodrome.com

The Lowry, Salford
19–22 January 2011
Box Office: 0843 208 6010 or www.thelowry.com

Plymouth Theatre Royal
25–29 January 2011
Box Office: 01752 267222 or www.theatreroyal.com

London Coliseum
29 March–2 April 2011
Box Office: 0871 911 0200 or www.eno.org

For further information please use the following links:
www.creatingCinderella.com
www.brb.org.uk/Cinderella

Mitchells & Butlers


Mitchells & Butlers, the leading operator of managed restaurants and pubs in the UK, whose head office and indeed whose heritage is based in Birmingham, explains why they are sponsoring Cinderella and support Birmingham Royal Ballet:

'A world class company like Birmingham Royal Ballet is regarded as an integral part of the fabric of the UK's culture and tourism industries,' says Mitchells & Butlers' Chief Executive, Adam Fowle. 'BRB productions, especially new ones like Cinderella drive hundreds of thousands of visitors in to the city of Birmingham and cities around the UK, boosting local economies. To continue their work, they need support from the business community. It is an incredibly worthwhile partnership with mutual benefits for us, for them and for the communities we both serve.'

David Lloyd


David Lloyd has been an active supporter of classical ballet for a number of years. Cinderella will be the fourth full-length ballet he has helped to finance, including Coppelia for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1995. David's reasons for supporting Cinderella include the chance to watch 'a powerful artistic and creative team' at work, the fact that there has not been a new Cinderella for many years, and that up to now Birmingham Royal Ballet does not have a Cinderella of its very own in its current repertory, which he says 'would be rather nice to put right'. As a lifelong Birmingham resident, David also looks forward to the opportunity to support a major artistic venture taking place in his home city, particularly in these difficult economic times, which will have a major impact both within the city itself and nationally.

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's brand-new production of Cinderella

World Premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome



With tickets selling fast and several performances in Birmingham already sold out, Birmingham Royal Ballet's brand new production of the fairytale classic Cinderella, created by the Company's Director David Bintley, will be premiered at Birmingham Hippodrome from Wednesday 24 November–Sunday 12 December 2010.

Dedicated to the City of Birmingham in the Company's 20th anniversary year, Cinderella will open in the Company's home City, at its home theatre, on Wednesday 24 November with tours to Salford, Plymouth and London in 2011.

A favourite for all the family, this classic fairytale tells the story of Cinderella, a young girl who is neglected and mistreated by her stepmother and sisters. Cinderella's life is one of drudgery and hardship until the evening of a wonderful ball at the palace when her Fairy Godmother appears to cast a spell that will change her life forever. Transformed into a beautiful princess, she dances the night away in the arms of a handsome prince, before the clock chimes midnight and brings a sudden end to the party.

The production brings together, in their first-ever collaboration, the award-winning Director and choreographer David Bintley and internationally recognised artist and designer John Macfarlane. Cinderella also sees Bintley collaborating with lighting designer David Finn for the first time.

Recently talking about his choice of collaborators Bintley said: 'Right from the start, the choice of collaborators is paramount, absolutely paramount, especially when you are creating a big piece. The music is obviously a vital factor, but the look of the production is so important as well.

'I've never worked with the designer John Macfarlane or the lighting designer David Finn, although they've produced work for Birmingham Royal Ballet before, most famously for Peter [Wright]'s Nutcracker, created for the Company the year it moved to Birmingham.

'I've wanted to work with John in the past, but one of us has always been busy with other projects at the wrong times. As soon as we started work on the ballet, John and I established that we were going to do a 'proper' Cinderella. John immediately went to work and everything that he has produced is utterly beautiful and wonderful.'

Bintley has choreographed a string of successful ballets including Hobson's Choice, Cyrano, Edward II, Far from the Madding Crowd and Beauty and the Beast, has been awarded a CBE in 2001 and won the last-ever South Bank Show Dance Award in 2010 for his ballet E=mc². Macfarlane's designs have captivated audiences around the world including the Company's renowned production of The Nutcracker and the recent Le Baiser de la fée. Finn was resident lighting designer for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project for eight years. His designs can be seen in the repertories of many dance companies including National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Australian Ballet, Twyla Tharp and Dancers and Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella is performed to one of Prokofiev's most popular and melodious compositions, composed between 1940 and 1944, and will be played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, the Orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme in the UK and abroad.

Continuing to give young dancers the opportunity to perform with a professional dance company, students from Elmhurst School for Dance, Birmingham Royal Ballet's associated ballet school, will dance minor roles during the Cinderella performances in Birmingham and the 2011 tour.

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella is sponsored (2010) by Mitchells & Butlers plc and supported (2010) by generous donations from David Lloyd, the estate of the late Lynne Groom and the Garfield Weston Foundation with additional support from Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director's Appeal, The Clock is Ticking campaign and The Big Arts Give 2010.

For further information, images and interview requests in connection with Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella 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

Notes to Editors:



Birmingham Royal Ballet's Cinderella world premiere season booking and venue information 2010-11:

Birmingham Hippodrome (WORLD PREMIERE)
24 November–12 December 2010
Ticket Sales: 0844 338 5000 or www.birminghamhippodrome.com

The Lowry, Salford
19–22 January 2011
Box Office: 0843 208 6010 or www.thelowry.com

Plymouth Theatre Royal
25–29 January 2011
Box Office: 01752 267222 or www.theatreroyal.com

London Coliseum
29 March–2 April 2011
Box Office: 0871 911 0200 or www.eno.org

For further information please use the following links:
www.creatingCinderella.com
www.brb.org.uk/Cinderella

Mitchells & Butlers


Mitchells & Butlers, the leading operator of managed restaurants and pubs in the UK, whose head office and indeed whose heritage is based in Birmingham, explains why they are sponsoring Cinderella and support Birmingham Royal Ballet:

'A world class company like Birmingham Royal Ballet is regarded as an integral part of the fabric of the UK's culture and tourism industries,' says Mitchells & Butlers' Chief Executive, Adam Fowle. 'BRB productions, especially new ones like Cinderella drive hundreds of thousands of visitors in to the city of Birmingham and cities around the UK, boosting local economies. To continue their work, they need support from the business community. It is an incredibly worthwhile partnership with mutual benefits for us, for them and for the communities we both serve.'

David Lloyd


David Lloyd has been an active supporter of classical ballet for a number of years. Cinderella will be the fourth full-length ballet he has helped to finance, including Coppelia for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1995. David's reasons for supporting Cinderella include the chance to watch 'a powerful artistic and creative team' at work, the fact that there has not been a new Cinderella for many years, and that up to now Birmingham Royal Ballet does not have a Cinderella of its very own in its current repertory, which he says 'would be rather nice to put right'. As a lifelong Birmingham resident, David also looks forward to the opportunity to support a major artistic venture taking place in his home city, particularly in these difficult economic times, which will have a major impact both within the city itself and nationally.