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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

Petruchio and Kate, a shrew



Hamlet | Petruchio and Kate, a shrew | Richard III and Lady Anne | Macbeth and Lady Macbeth | Bottom and Titania | Othello and Desdemona | Romeo and Juliet

Character Guide:



One of the most popular segments in the ballet, and one which perfectly encapsulates the different sides of the two characters in it's short space of time. Where many of the couples in the ballet have already arrived at their feelings for one another, Kate begins this piece none too pleased with her husband-to-be, and he must win her over before their time on stage is up!

It is easy to see why these characters are so popular, with boundless energy and some free-wheeling choreography that belies the control required to dance it. Despite their wedding day attire, Jasper Conran's choice of basketball sneakers for both dancers also gives Petruchio an air of ambivalence, and Kate an extra streak of defiance!

ENDS

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Petruchio and Kate, a shrew

Hamlet | Petruchio and Kate, a shrew | Richard III and Lady Anne | Macbeth and Lady Macbeth | Bottom and Titania | Othello and Desdemona | Romeo and Juliet

Character Guide:



One of the most popular segments in the ballet, and one which perfectly encapsulates the different sides of the two characters in it's short space of time. Where many of the couples in the ballet have already arrived at their feelings for one another, Kate begins this piece none too pleased with her husband-to-be, and he must win her over before their time on stage is up!

It is easy to see why these characters are so popular, with boundless energy and some free-wheeling choreography that belies the control required to dance it. Despite their wedding day attire, Jasper Conran's choice of basketball sneakers for both dancers also gives Petruchio an air of ambivalence, and Kate an extra streak of defiance!

ENDS