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Diary of performances for the 2009-10 Birmingham season

Quantum Leaps
Powder | E=mc² | The Centre and its Opposite

23 – 26 September

30 September – 3 October

The Nutcracker
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

Swan Lake
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


The opening autumn season also includes one of the Company's recent successes, Cyrano. David made his original version for The Royal Ballet in 1991, but, not happy with the result, he reworked the piece for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2007, with a new score by Carl Davis, and completely new choreography.

'The big difference is the score!' David exclaims. 'The first time around, the score wasn't what I wanted, and if you don't have a good score, you don't have anything. With Carl, it was fantastic – he was just the right person and everything just fell into place.'

But while new choreography is key to the Company's future, David places equal importance on the classics, with Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker all making an appearance in the 2009-10 season.

'While new works are vital, for me it's important that you have the other side as well. Unless you have your language and your tradition then you have nothing to draw upon, and the Tchaikovsky works are the apex of the classics.'

The Director is aware of the dangers of tradition however, and explains that these pieces – even perennial Christmas favourite The Nutcracker – would not return to the stage so often if there was no place for them.

'While Sleeping Beauty is over 100 years old, it still has a great deal to offer modern audiences.' David says. 'In fact, its strength is that it offers audiences everything that isn't modern and still stands strong. With opera or with Shakespeare, there's always a desire to update things, to present these familiar stories and ideas differently. You wouldn't particularly want to watch a Marriage of Figaro that was absolutely rooted in the period in which it was created.

'But I don't think that's necessarily true with ballet. I do believe that Directors' own productions of ballets are possible. I think that it's been done very well at times – Mats Ek with Giselle, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake – but these ballets are also strong enough that, with a great design, you can still set them in their original period.

'With Sleeping Beauty, you can recapture the opulence that would have greeted the St Petersburg audience over a century ago, because the ballet itself is about lavish fairy tales and about that period.

'The great success of Peter Wright and Philip Prowse's Sleeping Beauty is that is completely recognises that, and that is what makes it the best Sleeping Beauty I've ever seen without a doubt. It makes it very special for a modern audience because there is nothing else like it.'

Click here for part three of three.

Booking information

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

Click the following links to download:
How to book a season ticket
Season ticket booking form
Season brochure
Seating plan

Season tickets

Click here for details of 2009-10 season tickets, available all throughout the summer.

Direct Debit

Season tickets, and any additional tickets purchased at the same time, were available for purchase in instalments using Direct Debit. However, we regret that the closing date for these applications was 31 May.

Season tickets

Click here for details of season tickets, offering generous discounts when you book for every programme in the year.
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