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Diary of performances for the 2009-10 Birmingham season
Powder | E=mc² | The Centre and its Opposite
23 26 September
30 September 3 October
27 November 13 December
The Sleeping Beauty
3 13 March
20 Years Celebration
9 & 10 March
On Their Toes!
Slaughter on Tenth Avenue | Grosse Fuge | Theme and Variations
16 19 June
24 26 June
Click on the links above to find out more about each production, or download a pdf of the season brochure using the link in the top right-hand box.
David Bintley discusses the 2009-10 season
Programming a new year of dance is always a big job for Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director David Bintley. But the 2009-10 season brings with it an extra significance - Birmingham Royal Ballet is 20 years old.
'As we go into our 20th anniversary year, I wanted to provide a season of well-loved ballets both old and new that most of all had significance to us as a Company, as well as brand-new work that audiences will never have seen before.'
'New work is essential,' explains the Director, who is passionate about creativity. 'The history of dance is the history of choreographers and the roles they created for the great dancers of their time. Even Swan Lake was a new work once.'
New work opens the season in the form of Quantum Leaps, an autumn bill of three one-act pieces two of which are new for 2009.
The first, The Centre and its Opposite, is currently being created by the Artistic Director of Australian Dance Theatre, Garry Stewart. The work, to an electronic soundscape, looks set to stretch audience's perceptions of the boundaries of ballet and possibly the dancers' too.
'I've always said that any intelligent, enquiring, musical, classically-trained dancer can turn their talents to any dance style,' says David, 'but The Centre and its Opposite is probably the most extreme piece that we have ever done. Having said that, Garry is making it on us, a company with its strengths in the field of classical ballet, so his choreography will be influenced by that. The result will be very exciting.'
The second new piece in the bill, E=mc², will be by David himself. 'The score [Australian composer Matthew Hindson's second symphony] is now finished, and I'll begin work on the choreography after the summer break. Ideas are already beginning to form. Movement patterns based on gravity, apparent chaos, extremes of speed and slowness.'
Music and movement are what motivate all three ballets in the bill, which is completed by Stanton Welch's Powder. Created for the Company in 1998, David describes the work as 'the last part in a jigsaw' making up a triple bill of pieces that all share 'a family resemblance'.
Click here for part two of three.
Booking for the 2009-10 Birmingham season opens on the following dates:
BRB Friends season and individual tickets, and season tickets for previous subscribers (postal only): 24 April
To enjoy priority booking, join BRB Friends - click here to find out more.
New subscribers/season ticket purchasers (postal only): 8 May
Individual tickets (all booking methods): 22 May
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How to book a season ticket
Season ticket booking form
Season tickets, and any additional tickets purchased at the same time, can be paid for in instalments using Direct Debit. All forms from those wishing to pay by this method must however be received by 31 May.
Click here for details of season tickets, offering generous discounts when you book for every programme in the year.
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