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The Orpheus Suite



An introduction to Ellington
David Bintley discusses the appeal of the jazz legend
Storyguide
Read about the legend of Orpheus
Press quotes
Read reviews of previous performances
Colin Towns
Journalist Duncan Heining talks to the big band leader and composer of The Orpheus Suite

Take Five



David Bintley on the attraction of jazz
The creator of Take Five talks about his love of jazz
Rehearsal gallery
See shots from the Company studios

The

Shakespeare


Suite

Introduction
An overview of the ballet
Press quotes
Read quotes from reviews of previous performances
Character guides
Meet the characters portrayed in the ballet
Duke Ellington
Geoffrey Smith looks at Duke Ellington's relationship with dance

Rehearsal gallery



These photographs show initial rehearsals from May 2007, when Take Five still being created. While on the day of the shoot the women's costumes had been available for the first time, the men's outfits were still being finished. The male dancers were instead instructed to turn up for rehearsals in polo-shirts and belted trousers, giving an indication of what was to come.

The rehearsal was also the first time that the musicians and the dancers had performed live together. Click on the thumbnails below to open the larger images.

Take Five rehearsal1  Take Five rehearsal2  Take Five rehearsal3  Take Five rehearsal4 
Take Five rehearsal5  Take Five rehearsal6  Take Five rehearsal7 
Photos: Phil Hitchman


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Rehearsal gallery

These photographs show initial rehearsals from May 2007, when Take Five still being created. While on the day of the shoot the women's costumes had been available for the first time, the men's outfits were still being finished. The male dancers were instead instructed to turn up for rehearsals in polo-shirts and belted trousers, giving an indication of what was to come.

The rehearsal was also the first time that the musicians and the dancers had performed live together. Click on the thumbnails below to open the larger images.

Take Five rehearsal1  Take Five rehearsal2  Take Five rehearsal3  Take Five rehearsal4 
Take Five rehearsal5  Take Five rehearsal6  Take Five rehearsal7 
Photos: Phil Hitchman