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Birmingham Royal Ballet's annual tour to smaller venues in the north and east of England, offers new audiences a chance to see Britain's premiere touring ballet company dancing some of its keynote ballets. This year's tour features performances of Allegri diversi, Grosse Fuge and The Centre and its Opposite.

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

25-26 May 2010

York Theatre Royal

28-29 May 2010

Durham Gala

1-2 June 2010

Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

4-5 June 2010


Three one-act ballets



Allegri diversi


Allegri diversi was created by David Bintley while the Company was still based in London. In the many years since then, the piece has been performed repeatedly, the Company has of course moved to the Midlands, and David has become Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director.

The work also featured on the very first of these tours in 2002. In programme notes that year, John Percival noted of the score that 'The two Rossini pieces which Bintley used were never meant by their composer for dancing, but their rich melodies, pace and orchestral colour make them enchantingly suitable'. He also called the piece 'a joyous work, full of happy invention', and the romantic, classical steps have become popular among the dancers themselves.

The Centre and its Opposite

The second ballet being performed on the North East tour is performed by many of the dancers on whom it was created in 2008. Choreographed by Australian Dance Theatre's Artistic Director Garry Stewart, the piece attempts to invert the focal point of the performance space. Rather than the dancers taking turns to come forward and dance for the audience, they are simultaneously pitted against one another, vying for your attention from different parts of the stage.

Grosse Fuge


Grosse Fuge, meanwhile, has not been performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet for over a decade. Choreographed by Hans van Manen, who created Twilight, the battle-of-the-sexes highlight from 2008's tour of the North East, the piece presents a more delicate and sensual interplay between four couples.

Over the three pieces in this bill, Birmingham Royal Ballet offers a taste of what makes the Company so strong at the moment, as well as a unique chance to see ballet that you will not see anywhere else. As Director David Bintley recently commented: 'What have we won awards for? Not the full-length story ballets that everybody does, but the shorter, more adventurous works, that's where the critical acclaim comes'.

Make sure you don't miss your opportunity to discover what all the fuss is about.


Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

25-26 May 2010

York Theatre Royal

28-29 May 2010

Durham Gala

1-2 June 2010

Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

4-5 June 2010


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Three one-act ballets

Allegri diversi


Allegri diversi was created by David Bintley while the Company was still based in London. In the many years since then, the piece has been performed repeatedly, the Company has of course moved to the Midlands, and David has become Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director.

The work also featured on the very first of these tours in 2002. In programme notes that year, John Percival noted of the score that 'The two Rossini pieces which Bintley used were never meant by their composer for dancing, but their rich melodies, pace and orchestral colour make them enchantingly suitable'. He also called the piece 'a joyous work, full of happy invention', and the romantic, classical steps have become popular among the dancers themselves.

The Centre and its Opposite

The second ballet being performed on the North East tour is performed by many of the dancers on whom it was created in 2008. Choreographed by Australian Dance Theatre's Artistic Director Garry Stewart, the piece attempts to invert the focal point of the performance space. Rather than the dancers taking turns to come forward and dance for the audience, they are simultaneously pitted against one another, vying for your attention from different parts of the stage.

Grosse Fuge


Grosse Fuge, meanwhile, has not been performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet for over a decade. Choreographed by Hans van Manen, who created Twilight, the battle-of-the-sexes highlight from 2008's tour of the North East, the piece presents a more delicate and sensual interplay between four couples.

Over the three pieces in this bill, Birmingham Royal Ballet offers a taste of what makes the Company so strong at the moment, as well as a unique chance to see ballet that you will not see anywhere else. As Director David Bintley recently commented: 'What have we won awards for? Not the full-length story ballets that everybody does, but the shorter, more adventurous works, that's where the critical acclaim comes'.

Make sure you don't miss your opportunity to discover what all the fuss is about.

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

25-26 May 2010

York Theatre Royal

28-29 May 2010

Durham Gala

1-2 June 2010

Kings Lynn Corn Exchange

4-5 June 2010