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BRB is performing Twyla Tharp's ballroom ballet Nine Sinatra Songs in summer 2007.
The American choeographer Twyla Tharp is one of the most successful choreographers on the late 20th century. She has created tens of ballets, written books, choreographed for musicals and films and her works are performed all over the world.
BRB currently has two Twyla Tharp ballets in its repertory. In the Upper Room was premiered in 1986. It uses a modern rhythmical score by Philip Glass. The fast-paced and exciting dance features dancers in both pointe shoes and trainers. Click on the thumbnails below to see some photos of In the Upper Room.
Nine Sinatra Songs was hugely popular when BRB performed the ballet on tour in summer 2006. The Company will be performing it in Birmingham in summer 2007. Premiered in 1982, the ballet is danced to a recording of songs by Frank Sinatra. Firstly, three couples have on song each, then all six dance a central My Way. The remaining four couples dance to the next four songs, one per couple, until all 14 dancers come together for the final My Way. The dance itself is an exciting blend of ballroom and ballet.
To learn more about Twyla Tharp, click on her name above. To see some photos of Nine Sinatra Songs, click on the thumbnails below.