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Summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome 2008
12 May 2008
A world premiere for Birmingham Royal Ballet
19th Century Romanticism
Igor Stravinsky Celebration
Birmingham Royal Ballet's summer season 2008 continues with David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle. After an absence of almost five years, the full-length ballet returns to the Hippodrome stage from 25 - 28 June 2008. The triple bill Stravinsky: the real deal, celebrates the music of the great ballet composer and consists of three contrasting works. This programme runs from 3 – 5 July 2008, including Le Baiser de la fée, a world premiere for the Company by choreographer Michael Corder.
25 – 28 June
This production of Giselle, a full-length ballet, was first performed by the Company in 1999 and tells the tragic story of a gentle peasant girl and her doomed love for a young nobleman.
Giselle is unaware that the man she loves, Albrecht, is in fact a nobleman, engaged to be married to a Countess. When Albrecht’s true identity is revealed, Giselle is distraught at the betrayal and dies of a broken heart. We are then transported into the eerie world of the forest, with its gliding ghosts and tortured spirits where Giselle and other would-be brides are destined to remain.
The tragic story of Giselle is considered by many to be the epitome of the 19th Century Romantic classical ballet and broke new ground when it was first conceived. The fusing of the popular appeal of historical local colour with shadowy spirits created The Wilis, ghosts of girls jilted by their lovers, who haunt the forest. These spirits dance to death any man they meet during the hours of darkness.
The role of Giselle is one of the most sought-after in ballet, demanding both technical perfection and outstanding grace and lyricism, as well as great dramatic skill.
Stravinsky: the real deal
Petrushka/Le Baiser de le fee/Card Game
3 – 5 July
Petrushka has remained an anarchic force on stages around the world since the Ballets Russes' 1911 premiere. In Fokine's ballet all the wild fun of the Butter Week Fair in St Petersburg floods the stage, and unruly Petrushka is soon creating havoc. Then, one wooden step too far, this harlequin meets a very mortal end – but there's spirit in the old doll yet.
Le Baiser de la fée
A brand-new version of Le Baiser de la fée, choreographed by Michael Corder and designed by John Macfarlane. This beautiful ballet breathes life into Hans Christian Andersen's chilling fairy tale The Ice Maiden. Enthralled by a child lost in the mountains, the Ice Maiden gives him a kiss – one that he will never escape.
In Card Game, Stravinsky, himself a keen poker player, plays with allegiances, rivalries and power. John Cranko's witty choreography entered The Royal Ballet repertory in 1966. In this modern classic, the sly Joker banishes the proud Queen; the Two, Three, Four, Five and Six strike a straight flush and little Two of Diamonds tries to spoil everyone's fun.
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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