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Birmingham Royal Ballet triumphs in Japan
09 June 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet to proceed with 2011 tour to Japan
15 April 2011
2011-12 season at Birmingham Hippodrome
21 March 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet's split tour 2011
07 February 2011
An Evening of Music and Dance at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Friday 4 February 2011
10 January 2011
2011 international tour to Hong Kong
06 January 2011
Birmingham Royal Ballet's brand-new production of Cinderella
02 November 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet's ArtsFest 2010 performances supported by The Ticket Factory
08 September 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet's 2010 split tour
13 April 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet announces only international engagement for 2010
18 March 2010
Company Gala to be attended by their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall
25 February 2010
Birmingham Royal Ballet scoops prestigious South Bank Show award
27 January 2010
New production of Cinderella announced for winter 2010
07 December 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet announce appointment of new Music Director
06 November 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet Nominated for a TMA Award
15 October 2009
Promotions and New Dancers Announced
06 July 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet Appoints New Ballet Master
18 June 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Summer Performances at the Hippodrome
13 May 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet announces 2009-10 season
09 April 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Coliseum
26 March 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Spring 2009 Season at the Birmingham Hippodrome
09 February 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Triumphant Return from China
06 February 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Tour to China
18 December 2008
Appointment of New Chairman to Birmingham Royal Ballet Board
03 December 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet to take part in Spring Dance at the London Coliseum
22 October 2008
Company invites first-time attenders for free
06 October 2008
Company announcements 2008
15 July 2008
David Bintley announcement
26 June 2008
Summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome 2008
12 May 2008
Desmond Kelly OBE Appointed as Artistic Director of Elmhurst
07 May 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet Unveils 2008/09 Season
28 April 2008
Dance Track Celebrates 10 Years and Expands
02 April 2008

Scheme to find talented Youngsters to reach Aston, Lozells and Handsworth
02 April 2008
Young and old unite at Easter
01 April 2008
Five Years of Freefall Dance
11 March 2008
Iain Mackay and Sylvia Jimenez Announce Future Plans
06 March 2008
Chi Cao to Feature in Film Adaptation of Bestseller
04 March 2008
National Dance Awards for Desmond Kelly, Marion Tait and Carol-Anne Millar
23 January 2008
Swan Lake and All That Jazz at the Birmingham Hippodrome
15 January 2008
Swan Lake at the Belfast Grand Opera House
14 January 2008
Company tour Japan 2008
19 December 2007
The Nutcracker returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome
30 October 2007
Birmingham Royal Ballet triumphs at TMA Awards
22 October 2007
Guest Artists for autumn 2007 dates
17 September 2007
Sadler's Wells autumn 2007
13 September 2007
Birmingham Royal Ballet's autumn season at Birmingham Hippodrome
01 August 2007
End of Season Announcements
08 July 2007
Principal dancer Robert Parker announces 2006/07 season his last
05 February 2007
Newly appointed Director of Learning
25 January 2007
BRB to debut at 2007 Virginia Arts Festival
08 December 2006
Royal Patron for Elmhurst School for Dance
17 October 2006
BRB to perfom romantic classic Romeo and Juliet at Birmingham Hippodrome
25 August 2006
BRB announcements August 2006
10 August 2006
Development Director appointed at Birmingham Royal Ballet
16 June 2006
Elmhurst School for Dance appoints new Artistic Director
02 February 2004

 
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Swan Lake and All That Jazz at the Birmingham Hippodrome


15 January 2008

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to the Hippodrome stage during February with two great dance programmes: Swan Lake, arguably the most famous ballet of all time, and All That Jazz – a triple bill of jazz ballets that includes David Bintley's latest jazz creation Take Five to the music of Dave Brubeck.

All That Jazz sees the welcome return of the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra. The band includes some of the greatest names in jazz today including recent award-winning trumpeter Guy Barker and drummer Ralph Salmins.

Swan Lake


19 – 23 February 2008
Sponsored (1991) by the Royal Opera House Trust
Probably the most famous and popular ballet in the world, Swan Lake is a classic tale of evil magicians, handsome princes, beautiful maidens and a doomed fairy-tale love affair.

Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's majestic production of Swan Lake tells the story of the young Prince Siegfried and his doomed love for the enchanted swan princess, Odette. Whilst out hunting, Prince Siegfried witnesses a swan change into a beautiful Princess. She is Odette, who, under the evil Von Rothbart's spell, spends her days as a swan, returning to human form as night falls. Only the love of someone who has never loved before has the power to break the evil spell.

Accompanied by one of the loveliest Tchaikovsky scores, the ballet has the power to transport one through an enchanted landscape, across dark fields and forbidding forests to a moonlit lake where, every night, a magical transformation takes place.

This production of the much-loved classic, with sumptuous designs by Philip Prowse, was first performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1981 and has since successfully toured extensively throughout the UK and overseas.

All That Jazz


27 February – 1 March 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet dispense with the tutus, tights and even the orchestra for this jazz programme. Accompanied by the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, dancers swing in jeans, suits, T-shirts and '50's style dresses.

Take Five
The first jazz record to sell over 1 million copies, Dave Brubeck's 1959 classic is brought to life on stage by ten dancers in six short, virtuoso packages. This fleet-footed and classical piece was created in 2007 by David Bintley and is performed here for the first time in Birmingham.

The Orpheus Suite
Supported (2004) by the de Valois Circle
David Bintley saw parallels between the musical brilliance and personal journeys of Duke Ellington and Orpheus and commissioned Colin Towns to create a score that paid tribute to the Duke and his band. The production is a modern and sexy interpretation of Orpheus’ trip to the underworld in search of his lover, Eurydice. Here, we see Orpheus as a band leader, the Argonauts as the players and the Furies as their groupies.

The Shakespeare Suite
Supported (1999) by The Patrick Trust, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
Duke Ellington's stylish music accompanies David Bintley's funny and touching take on the lives of some of Shakespeare’s most famous couples. Juliet is romanced by Romeo, Desdemona pleads her innocence to Othello, Titania cavorts with Bottom and Kate loses her cool with Petruchio. Fashion designer Jasper Conran designed the costumes that vividly bring the characters to life in this ballet.

ENDS

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Swan Lake and All That Jazz at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to the Hippodrome stage during February with two great dance programmes: Swan Lake, arguably the most famous ballet of all time, and All That Jazz – a triple bill of jazz ballets that includes David Bintley's latest jazz creation Take Five to the music of Dave Brubeck.

All That Jazz sees the welcome return of the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra. The band includes some of the greatest names in jazz today including recent award-winning trumpeter Guy Barker and drummer Ralph Salmins.

Swan Lake


19 – 23 February 2008
Sponsored (1991) by the Royal Opera House Trust
Probably the most famous and popular ballet in the world, Swan Lake is a classic tale of evil magicians, handsome princes, beautiful maidens and a doomed fairy-tale love affair.

Sir Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's majestic production of Swan Lake tells the story of the young Prince Siegfried and his doomed love for the enchanted swan princess, Odette. Whilst out hunting, Prince Siegfried witnesses a swan change into a beautiful Princess. She is Odette, who, under the evil Von Rothbart's spell, spends her days as a swan, returning to human form as night falls. Only the love of someone who has never loved before has the power to break the evil spell.

Accompanied by one of the loveliest Tchaikovsky scores, the ballet has the power to transport one through an enchanted landscape, across dark fields and forbidding forests to a moonlit lake where, every night, a magical transformation takes place.

This production of the much-loved classic, with sumptuous designs by Philip Prowse, was first performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1981 and has since successfully toured extensively throughout the UK and overseas.

All That Jazz


27 February – 1 March 2008
Birmingham Royal Ballet dispense with the tutus, tights and even the orchestra for this jazz programme. Accompanied by the Colin Towns Mask Orchestra, dancers swing in jeans, suits, T-shirts and '50's style dresses.

Take Five
The first jazz record to sell over 1 million copies, Dave Brubeck's 1959 classic is brought to life on stage by ten dancers in six short, virtuoso packages. This fleet-footed and classical piece was created in 2007 by David Bintley and is performed here for the first time in Birmingham.

The Orpheus Suite
Supported (2004) by the de Valois Circle
David Bintley saw parallels between the musical brilliance and personal journeys of Duke Ellington and Orpheus and commissioned Colin Towns to create a score that paid tribute to the Duke and his band. The production is a modern and sexy interpretation of Orpheus’ trip to the underworld in search of his lover, Eurydice. Here, we see Orpheus as a band leader, the Argonauts as the players and the Furies as their groupies.

The Shakespeare Suite
Supported (1999) by The Patrick Trust, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
Duke Ellington's stylish music accompanies David Bintley's funny and touching take on the lives of some of Shakespeare’s most famous couples. Juliet is romanced by Romeo, Desdemona pleads her innocence to Othello, Titania cavorts with Bottom and Kate loses her cool with Petruchio. Fashion designer Jasper Conran designed the costumes that vividly bring the characters to life in this ballet.