Sabrina Lenzi and Kevin O'Hare; photo: Bill Cooper
On Their Toes!
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Theme and Variations
Theme and Variations is a joyous ballet, with its thrilling Tchaikovsky music, glittering silver and blue tutus and sumptuous décor, it has delighted all over the world. Described as 'a compressed Sleeping Beauty', it combines the excitement and theatricality of the Imperial Russian ballet with grace and elegance.
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Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography George Balanchine (© The George Balanchine Trust)
Staging Desmond Kelly
Designs Peter Farmer
Lighting Peter Teigen
Ballet Theatre, 26 November 1947, New York City Centre
First performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet
10 October 1988, Birmingham Hippodrome
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