Nao Sakuma and Christopher Rodgers-Wilson; photo: Bill Cooper
Festival Theatre Edinburgh
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
The Lowry, Salford
Theatre Royal Plymouth
An Evening of Music and Dance 2015
First Steps: a child's Coppelia
Serenade / Carmina burana
The King Dances / Carmina burana
Serenade | Lyric Pieces | In the Upper Room
Three ballets spanning nearly a century of US creativity, from George Balanchine's earliest
American creation to one of the Company's most recent commissions.
Serenade is a stunning piece of pure dance from master-choreographer George Balanchine,
performed to the glorious music of Tchaikovsky. Wearing romantic costumes in
shades of blue, dancers move elegantly on a bare stage, set against a midnight blue
background. A milestone in the history of dance, Serenade is
the first original ballet Balanchine created in America.
Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces, commissioned for International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012, was one of the
highlights of that season and makes a welcome return. For her first piece for a major European
company, award-winning American choreographer Lang used the romantic musical miniatures by
Norwegian master Edvard Grieg and complemented them with a hand-picked design team, creating a ballet
which The Stage described as 'a ballet of dreams and romantic moods which succeeds beautifully'.
In the Upper Room features dancers in trainers and striking red pointe shoes who dominate the stage with
energy, flair and finesse in this exhilarating, athletic ballet by American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp. Philip Glass's score builds to an
emotional peak with dancing that the press described as 'quick-witted and even quicker footed'. A high-octane, all-American evening!
'Surely this would be many people's Desert Island ballet'
The Sunday Times on Serenade
'One of the most bewitching sights in ballet'
The Daily Telegraph on Serenade
The Oxford Times on Lyric Pieces
'Vivid and memorable'
London Dance on Lyric Pieces
'A dazzling alloy of sophistication and brazen showmanship. If your pulse isn't racing, check you have one.'
The Guardian on In the Upper Room
'This is one of dance's most terrifyingly mesmerising works, and I can't resist BRB's mix of heroic athletes and adrenaline-fuelled young
people simply having a good time'
The Arts Desk on In the Upper Room
In the Upper Room
Music Philip Glass
Choreography Twyla Tharp
Original costume designs by Norma Kamali
Lighting originally by Jennifer Tipton
Music Edvard Grieg
Choreography Jessica Lang
Costumes Elena Comendador
Lighting Nicole Pearce
Music Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography George Balanchine
Staging Patricia Neary
Lighting Peter Teigen