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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
The more recent pieces in Birmingham Royal Ballet's repertory are still closely linked to the classics, as illustrated in the season's second programme of three one-act ballets.
Entitled On Their Toes! it features two works by George Balanchine and one by Hans van Manen.
'I think Hans's style was very much a mixture of ballet and modern dancing,' says David. 'He almost created a new style of classicism. Works like Grosse Fuge are, to me, modern classics, and they bring an intensity and a simplicity that you can also see in early Balanchine. There's a simple gravity about Van Manen's works that is very powerful.
Turning to the Balanchine ballets included in the programme, David smiles as he says, 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is brilliant. The story is that there's a gangster in the audience and he's been paid to shoot the leading character in the ballet when he stops dancing. And the joke of the piece is that the lead knows this and so has to keep dancing until the cops arrive and arrest the gangster. It's brilliant, and amazing that we haven't done it for such a while.'
The return of the second Balanchine work is even more notable however, and for reasons much more specific to the Company.
'Theme and Variations was the first piece that we ever danced as Birmingham Royal Ballet,' the Director remembers. 'It's absolute virtuoso classicism, and combined with Slaughter's jazziness and tap-dancing elements, and Grosse Fuge's more contemporary sensibilities, this programme really shows the strength of the Company's versatility.'
For those who have watched the Company go from strength to strength over the past 20 years, the pinnacle of the season is likely to be the 20 Year Celebration performances in March 2010.
'It'll be the story of 20 years in the city told through a combination of things spoken word, images and dance,' reveals David. 'We really want to remind everybody of this story, because it's been an amazing period and we've danced some amazing ballets, some of which we've not returned to until now.
'The city of Birmingham has been a great strength and support to us, and in return we have brought dance of international quality to the city. At the same time, we are all proud of the way in which we have become so closely identified with the community through all the different work that we have done in every area of the city's life. And we are proud of the fact we have carried the city's name all over the globe to the USA, to China, to Japan, to Africa. This anniversary will be a welcome opportunity to celebrate our gratitude to Birmingham for giving us our home.'
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
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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.
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