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Strictly Dancing



Paquita



Introductory notes
Read about the evolution of this ballet
Galina Samsova
Find out more about the Producer of the ballet
Female roles
Read how Paquita allows the girls to shine after the male-dominated Edward II

Nine Sinatra Songs



Introductory notes
How Sinatra inspired the dance
Twyla Tharp
What built the choreographer's reputation?
Reviews
Read what the critics have said about previous BRB performances of the ballet

Daphnis and Chloë



Introductory notes
Find out about the original creative team behind the ballet
Character overviews
Find out about the characters in the ballet
Charmed Life: John Craxton RA
Find out about the artist responsible for the ballet's designs

Strictly dancing



Birmingham Royal Ballet's Strictly dancing features three one-act ballets exploring the expression of joy and love through pure dance.

Paquita tells of the homecoming of a young girl to her family, and the celebrations that follow this happy event. Marius Petipa, the master of conveying ideas and emotions through choreography, provides glorious steps that have made the piece, originally just one part of a longer ballet, an enduring and popular classical work in it's own right.

Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs presents intimate snapshots of seven different couples on a dancefloor, showing the various stages of courtship and how the lovers express their feelings to one another through their movements.

Daphnis and ChloŽ, by Frederick Ashton, tells of how a young couple's innocent love for one another evolves swiftly into burning passion when the two are suddenly seperated. With a popular score by Ravel, this is the first time that this ballet has been performed by a UK touring Company.

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Production credits


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Paquita
Music Ludwig Minkus
Orchestrated by Barry Wordsworth
Choreography Marius Petipa
Production Galina Samsova
Designs Peter Farmer

Nine Sinatra Songs
Songs sung by Frank Sinatra
Choreography Twyla Tharp
Scenic design originally by Santo Loquasto
Original costume design Oscar de la Renta
Lighting originally by Jennifer Tipton

Daphnis and Chloë
Music Maurice Ravel
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Designs John Craxton

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Strictly dancing

Birmingham Royal Ballet's Strictly dancing features three one-act ballets exploring the expression of joy and love through pure dance.

Paquita tells of the homecoming of a young girl to her family, and the celebrations that follow this happy event. Marius Petipa, the master of conveying ideas and emotions through choreography, provides glorious steps that have made the piece, originally just one part of a longer ballet, an enduring and popular classical work in it's own right.

Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs presents intimate snapshots of seven different couples on a dancefloor, showing the various stages of courtship and how the lovers express their feelings to one another through their movements.

Daphnis and ChloŽ, by Frederick Ashton, tells of how a young couple's innocent love for one another evolves swiftly into burning passion when the two are suddenly seperated. With a popular score by Ravel, this is the first time that this ballet has been performed by a UK touring Company.

Click on the notes in the menu to the left of the page to find out more about each of the ballets, and click on the venue titles to the right for performance details and on-line booking.

Production credits


Click on the names for individual biographies

Paquita
Music Ludwig Minkus
Orchestrated by Barry Wordsworth
Choreography Marius Petipa
Production Galina Samsova
Designs Peter Farmer

Nine Sinatra Songs
Songs sung by Frank Sinatra
Choreography Twyla Tharp
Scenic design originally by Santo Loquasto
Original costume design Oscar de la Renta
Lighting originally by Jennifer Tipton

Daphnis and Chloë
Music Maurice Ravel
Choreography Frederick Ashton
Designs John Craxton