Artists of the National Ballet of Japan; photo: Hidemi Seto
Buxton Opera House
Hall for Cornwall
Sunderland Empire Theatre
The Crescent Theatre
Theatre Royal Nottingham
Theatre Royal Plymouth
An Evening of Music and Dance 2014
Darkness and Light
IDFB 2014 Programme One
IDFB 2014 Programme Two
La Fille mal gardée
North tour spring 2014
Penguin Café (Sunderland)
South tour spring 2014
The Prince of the Pagodas
Three of a Kind
The Prince of the Pagodas
An imaginative reworking of a classic story that celebrates the
power of family love.
Through a lonely childhood the Princess Sakura mourns the
death of her brother and the slow disintegration of her once allpowerful
father the Emperor of the Chrysanthemum Throne,
who, broken by the death of his son, allows his new wife to take
control of his kingdom.
Presented with a choice of four powerful and wealthy husbands,
Sakura’s memories of the true love she once felt for her brother
gives her the courage to refuse her suitors. Her resolve is
reinforced when a fifth suitor arrives at the palace – a scaly
Salamander, both fascinating and repellent. Determined not to
be forced to follow her stepmother’s bidding, Princess Sakura
throws herself on the mercy of the new arrival.
After a long and dangerous journey, which takes them through
the elements of earth, air, fire and water, they arrive at the
Salamander’s kingdom, but Sakura’s adventure has only just begun.
David Bintley’s ballet to Benjamin Britten’s only commissioned
ballet score was rapturously received by audiences and critics at
its premiere by the National Ballet of Japan in 2011. The
spectacular and imaginative costumes from War Horse designer
Rae Smith bring to life the elegance and beauty of the
Chrysanthemum Kingdom, and capture our imagination in the
fantastical journey through the elements.
'A new ballet full of wit and vibrancy... Never ceases to stimulate the imagination'
'Captures the essence of Britten's score... Rae Smith's
designs are elaborate and sophisticated'
The Prince of the Pagodas is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation,
the Patrick Trust, the John Feeney Charitable Trust, the Foyle Foundation, the
Boltini Trust, the Perry Family Charitable Trust, the City of Birmingham
Orchestral Endowment Fund, the Leche Trust, the Owen Family Trust,
the Britten-Pears Foundation, Birmingham Royal Ballet's New Production Syndicate
and the Director's Appeal 2013-14.
London Season generously supported by Aud Jebsen.
Click here for available The Prince of the Pagodas reviews.
London premiere of The Prince of the Pagodas announced
Music Benjamin Britten
Choreography David Bintley
Designs Rae Smith
Lighting Peter Teigen
National Ballet of Japan, 30 October 2011, Tokyo