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Celebrating David Bintley in photographs

Taking Birmingham Royal Ballet from strength to strength, during his quarter-century as Artistic Director David Bintley has made nearly two dozen ballets for the Company and commissioned as many more.

Throughout May and June we explore David's legacy. We're posting photographs of many of his ballets, some made for the Company, some that have joined our repertory since 1995; all of them have captivated audiences around the UK and further afield. New photos will be added on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays - #PhotosAtFive.

Don’t miss your chance to join us for the Company’s final performances under David’s directorship this June. Details of Hobson’s Choice in Birmingham and London, including your chance to enter our raffle to watch a performance from the wings, can be found here.


Concert Fantasy

With a wealth of melody, excitement and pianistic fireworks, Concert Fantasy is next up on #PhotosAtFive, a journey through David Bintley's time as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. 

Set to Tchaikovsky's wonderful score for piano and orchestra, the piece joined our repertory when it received its world premiere in 2002.

Arthur Part II

Receiving its world premiere in 2001 and reopening Birmingham Hippodrome after a £30m renovation, Arthur Part II is next up on #PhotosAtFive

Further demonstrating his uncanny ability to transform mythology into dance, David's epic ballet cycle of the Arthurian legends depicts an ever-changing world in which good and evil lock horns in battle. 


Arthur Part I

In a land racked by hate and fear, an unknown boy proves his right to wear the bitter crown of power in Arthur Part I, which is next up on #PhotosAtFive.

Receiving its world premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2000, Arthur Part 1, brought to life by the same team that created David Bintley's historical ballet Edward II, explores the legendary tale of Camelot.

The Shakespeare Suite

The Shakespeare Suite, the second of David Bintley's three works inspired by the life and music of Duke Ellington, was created for the Company in 1999 as a centenary tribute to the composer and is next up on #PhotosAtFive.

For this production, David teamed up with set and lighting designer Steven Scott and renowned fashion designer Jasper Conran. David's compelling portrayal of some of the Bard's well-known characters has been attracting audiences since its premiere.

Giselle

Giselle is next up on #PhotosAtFive, a journey through David Bintley's tenure as Director. Often described as the epitome of romantic ballet, the piece has enjoyed almost continuous performance around the world since its creation in 1841 at Paris Opéra.

Having entered our repertory in 1999, this new production by David and former BRB Principal and teacher Galina Samsova, is based respectfully on the original masterpiece.

Don’t miss your chance to catch Giselle on its national tour when it returns to the company's repertory this autumn.

The Dance House

The Protecting Veil is next on our journey through David Bintley's time as Director. Set to and inspired by John Tavener's score for solo cello and strings, The Protecting Veil depicts scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary in what David described as his attempt to make 'an icon in movement', an aim reflected in the designs by Ruari Murchison and lighting by Mark Jonathan. Premiering at Birmingham Hippodrome on 3 June 1998, David dedicated the ballet to Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet companies, to mark her 100th birthday three days later. Receiving its London premiere at Sadler's Wells later the same year, it was awarded the 1998 ITV South Bank Award.

The Protecting Veil

The Protecting Veil is next on our journey through David Bintley's time as Director. Set to and inspired by John Tavener's score for solo cello and strings, The Protecting Veil depicts scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary in what David described as his attempt to make 'an icon in movement', an aim reflected in the designs by Ruari Murchison and lighting by Mark Jonathan. Premiering at Birmingham Hippodrome on 3 June 1998, David dedicated the ballet to Ninette de Valois, founder of the Royal Ballet companies, to mark her 100th birthday three days later. Receiving its London premiere at Sadler's Wells later the same year, it was awarded the 1998 ITV South Bank Award.

Edward II

Based on Christopher Marlowe's renaissance play of the same name, this no-holds-barred tale of the tragic love between Edward and Piers Gaveston was originally created for Das Stuttgarter Ballett in 1995, before joining our repertory in 1997.

With stylised sets and costumes from two of the UK's greatest designers, Jasper Conran and Peter J. Davison, Edward II earned David a nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the 2000 Olivier Awards.

Tombeaux

Joining our repertory in 1997, Tombeaux is a dance homage to Frederick Ashton, Director and Founder Choreographer of the Royal Ballet. Set to William Walton’s Variations on a Theme by Hindemith, this exquisite tutu ballet enjoys a sombre yet striking costume and set design by Jasper Conran. Read David's 2013 interview on Tombeauxhere.

The Nutcracker Sweeties

Created for the Company in 1996, The Nutcracker Sweeties is next up on our journey through David Bintley's quarter-century as Artistic Director. Employing Duke Ellington's jazz version of The Nutcracker and with costume designs by Jasper Conran, this feel-good ballet was nominated for Best New Dance Production at the 1998 Olivier Awards, before heading out on a world tour in 2000, making stops in New York and Chicago. #PhotosAtFive

'Still Life' at the Penguin Café

Renowned for its cautionary message, David Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café conjures a world where the sun-kissed rhythms of a Brazilian carnival and the ancient sounds of a South African veldt unify to illustrate man’s effect on the world.

Having won the International Defence of Nature Award in 1993, this much-loved ballet was introduced to the Company’s repertory in 1996. With a moving score from Simon Jeffes, it depicts a host of endangered animals seeking shelter from the storm. #PhotosAtFive

Far from the Madding Crowd

Based on Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel of the same name, Far from the Madding Crowd is next up on #PhotosAtFive. Receiving its world premiere in 1996, David's second new ballet with the company set within the harsh realities of Victorian England explores the eventful and tragic life of Bathsheba Everdene.

Embarking on an international tour in 1998, Far from the Madding Crowd has been staged a total of four times during David's quarter-century as Artistic Director.

Carmina burana

We're starting our journey back in 1995 with Carmina burana. Nominated for Best New Dance Production at the 1997 Olivier Awards, David's first creation as Director explores the resolve of three young seminarians when tempted by the joys of feasting, gambling and lust.