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Birmingham Royal Ballet's Summer Performances at the Hippodrome
13 May 2009
Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2009 with two mixed programmes, a triple bill entitled Love and Loss and a double bill, celebrating two choreographic talents in Sir Fred and Mr B.
From 17 – 20 June Sir Fred and Mr B. features two romantic ballets by two of the 20th Century’s greatest choreographers. The Two Pigeons, choreographed by Frederick Ashton tells the tale of two young lovers Pepino and his fiancée Gourouli. Pepino causes Gourouli much heartache when he leaves her after falling in love with a beautiful gypsy girl. The two lovers are eventually reunited, however, in scenes of delightful theatricality. Mozartiana, choreographed by George Balanchine and first performed by the Company in 1996, is a sparkling piece of pure classical dance, tinged with humour set to lively music from the great ballet composer, Tchaikovsky.
Performing from 24 – 27 June the Company presents a mixed programme entitled Love and Loss, consisting of three visually stunning ballets. Galanteries, music by Mozart, has been heralded as one of Bintley’s greatest dance works and the Ashton and Balanchine influences are clear to see. The Dance House, music by Shostakovitch, was originally created for the San Francisco Ballet by David Bintley as a personal and poignant tribute to a late friend. Frederick Ashton’s The Dream depicts one of Shakespeare’s funniest plays and is a comical tale of fairies, mismatched lovers, and a mischievous sprite; Sir Frederick Ashton's enduring one-act ballet has delighted audiences since its premiere in 1964.
Birmingham Royal Ballet is an ambitious and creative Company, a world leader in ensuring that classical ballet has relevance for the future. Based at the Birmingham Hippodrome, the Company performs a range of traditional classical ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future. Birmingham Royal Ballet tours extensively throughout the UK and oversees, forging new partnerships and promoting excellence within arts communities and beyond.
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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