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Birmingham Royal Ballet's autumn season at Birmingham Hippodrome
01 August 2007
Eagerly awaited return of Edward II
Major Acquisition of Daphnis and ChloŽ
Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to the Hippodrome stage during September and October with two thrilling dance programmes. Edward II returns to Birmingham Royal Ballet's repertoire and the Company is pleased to announce the acquisition of two heritage ballets : Marius Petipa's Paquita and Frederick Ashton's Daphnis and ChloŽ.
26 Ė 29 September
Based on Christopher Marlowe's play (1592), Edward II explores the conflict between Edward's personal and public lives: a story of infatuation, jealousy and violence played out against a background of political intrigue and religious fervour.
David Bintley's ballet follows in the great tradition of Royal Ballet choreographers in its exploration through dance of serious historical subjects. Edward II is the King torn apart, unable to reconcile his own desires with the regal duties demanded of a fourteenth century monarch. Medieval England and France are the settings for this violent, passionate, disturbing and bloody ballet. First seen in Stuttgart in April 1995 to acclaim from critics and audiences alike, this huge production features monumental sets and rich sumptuous costumes, designed by international fashion designer Jasper Conran that portray the realms of Europe, from the pageantry of the French court, to the medieval splendour of fourteenth century England.
Edward II has a specially commissioned score by leading British composer John McCabe. McCabe has many years' experience writing for the stage, dating back to his opera for children, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, composed in 1968.
3 Ė 6 September
This intriguing programme explores the three strands of the Companyís work: the 19th-century classical tradition, the Company's unique 20th-century heritage and modern ballet's creative force.
Birmingham Royal Ballet perform the last act of this narrative ballet that tells the story of Paquita, rescued from a massacre as a child by gypsies, who, years later, while travelling and dancing with the gypsy band, returns to her home and is subsequently reunited with her family. Paquita's divertissements and spectacular climaxes showcase the grandeur and panache of Petipa's work, an indication as to why he is known as 'the father of classical ballet'.
Nine Sinatra Songs
Seven couples tango, waltz, and jive, celebrating the glorius music of Frank Sinatra, the 1950's and the seductive thrill of ballroom dancing. This popular ballroom classic by American choreographer Twyla Tharp has become a BRB favourite.
Daphnis and ChloŽ
Never before performed in the UK outside of The Royal Ballet, Daphnis and ChloŽ tells of the love of the young shepherd Daphnis for the beautiful ChloŽ. Ravel's score to Daphnis and ChloŽ is generally regarded as his masterpiece.
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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