Postponed: Outdoor dance display in Bournville

ANNOUNCEMENT: In light of Birmingham City Council's serious concerns regarding the rise in Covid-19 cases, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rowheath Pavilion and Sampad have decided to postpone the outdoor dance display at Rowheath Pavilion, Bournville. We are very disappointed but feel this is the responsible action to take at this current time. 


BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR DANCE DISPLAYS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BOURNVILLE’S ROWHEATH PAVILION AND SAMPAD THE AFTERNOON OF DANCEWILL INCLUDE A DEMONSTRATION CLASS BY BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET'S PROFESSIONAL DANCERS AND SOLO PERFORMANCES FROM BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET AND SAMPAD 

Birmingham Royal Ballet is pleased to announce an afternoon of outdoor dance displays in partnership with Rowheath Pavilion and Sampad (South Asian Arts and Heritage). Taking place from 1pm on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 or Wednesday 26 August (date to be confirmed on 21 August, subject to weather), the dance displays will be held on the picturesque terrace of the Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary of moving to the city in 1990, Birmingham Royal Ballet will be joined by a dancer from fellow Birmingham company Sampad, which is also 30 this year.  

Dance lovers can enjoy an afternoon of world-class performance in the beautiful surroundings of Rowheath Pavilion. Sitting socially distanced on the Pavilion’s grounds audiences are encouraged to bring their picnic blankets and refreshments and take in the artistry of these two exquisite Birmingham companies.

From 1pm to 2pm, audiences can enjoy the rare opportunity of watching Birmingham Royal Ballet’s professional dancers perform their daily ballet class accompanied by Company pianist Ross Williams; essential for every dancer to improve technique, prevent injury and be performance ready. 

Later they will then be treated to two solos by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s professional dancers, The Dying Swan and Liebestod. The Dying Swan, will be danced by First Artist Alys Shee. This poignant piece, set to Camille Saint-Saëns' Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des animaux, was originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova.

Liebestod will be danced by Principal Brandon Lawrence. Accompanied by powerful music from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Brandon will dance choreographer Valery Panov's emotive, visceral solo piece. 

Finally, Sampad’s Anaya Bolar and Aishani Ghosh will bring Tillana to life. Tillana is the concluding number in a Bharatanatyam recital and is a pure, technically challenging piece with complex movements and postures. Bharatanatyam is a Classical dance form that originates from the temples of southern India. 

Sampad’s mission is to connect people and communities with South Asian and British Asian arts and heritage and to play a cutting-edge role in the creative economy. The company support, commission and co-produce a huge variety of arts and heritage activities inspired by diverse art forms that originate from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Opened by the Cadbury family in 1924, Rowheath Pavilion was central to the sports and park complex in Bournville, which was used by the Cadbury workers and their families. Designed by John Ramsay Armstrong, Rowheath Pavilion occupies the highest part of the playing fields and as well as sports was used by workers as a place to meet and relax. Part of Rowheath Pavilion became a listed building in 2017, a sign of its enduring importance to the local community.

Carlos Acosta, Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet says:

'I'm so pleased that we can finally get out into the city and do what we do best, especially in such a wonderful setting as Rowheath Pavilion. Our dancers have been back in the studio for three weeks and this outdoor display is the first steps to us heading back to some much-needed normality for Birmingham Royal Ballet. 

'This is a special year for the Company, celebrating 30 years of Birmingham being our home and we are proud to share this anniversary with Sampad - a company who has done so much to put this great city and South Asians arts on the map - and has a history of partnering with Birmingham Royal Ballet over the years. 

'We look forward to seeing some familiar and friendly faces!"

Piali Ray OBE, Director of Sampad says:

'Sharing our 30th anniversary with Birmingham Royal Ballet this year consolidates our continued friendship over many years as we reach this milestone together. We are delighted to join the event that is bringing together timeless Classical Dance styles of Ballet and Bharatanatyam performed by excellent young artists from Birmingham. Look forward to continuing friendship and cultural connections with Birmingham Royal Ballet under the visionary leadership of the Carlos Acosta'