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11 years ago, in 1995, David Bintley became the Artistic Director of BRB.
David Bintley was born in Huddersfield and initially trained as a dancer. He was well-known for his many character roles such as Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée, the Red King in Checkmate and the title role in Petrushka.
He began choreographing whilst still dancing with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet (now BRB). Under the then Artistic Director, Peter Wright, he created his first professional ballet, The Outsider, at the age of 18.
He created a string of successful ballets for Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet and other companies including 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café (for The Royal Ballet, 1988),
Hobson's Choice (1989) and Edward II (for Stuttgart Ballet, 1995). When he took over the Directorship of BRB in 1995, the first ballet he created for BRB was Carmina burana.
This was followed by a full-length ballet, Far from the Madding Crowd, and the one-act The Nutcracker Sweeties (both 1996). The Nutcracker Sweeties was set to a jazz score by Duke Ellington.
Click on the thumbnails below to see some photos of The Nutcracker Sweeties.
As a choreographer, David Bintley carries on Frederick Ashton's
and Kenneth MacMillan's tradition of creating full-length narrative ballets (as opposed to abstract ballets with no story). As well as those mentioned above, he has created a two-evening ballet, Arthur, based on the legend of King Arthur and Excalibur, and the hugely successful family ballet, Beauty and the Beast.
Click on the thumbnails below to see some photos of Arthur.
His latest project for BRB is a retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano will be given its world premiere in February 2007.
To read a full biography of David Bintley, click here.
To see some studio photographs of the characters in Cyrano, click on the thumbnails below.