Less than one month into his new role as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta has announced plans for world premieres, classic revivals and brand-new partnerships in his first year as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Opportunity, talent and inspiration are the key ingredients that underpin his vision and ambition for the company.
‘Bringing major new works to the stage will forge a new direction for this wonderful company. I plan to present international choreographers whose work will be new to British audiences. I want Birmingham Royal Ballet to be surprising and unpredictable, whilst continuing to be world class exponents of the classical repertoire that means so much to me personally. Continuing to drive, develop and support initiatives such as Freefall, Dance Track and First Steps connects directly with my desire to ensure the future, on and off stage, is more reflective of our experience and society today. I embrace this responsibility and hope to bring new audiences to ballet by being accessible, by nurturing talent and by creating opportunities to experience and be inspired by this beautiful artform, in many different ways. I am grateful to Arts Council England for their vital funding of Birmingham Royal Ballet and to Aud Jebsen, for generously supporting my artistic vision in my first year as Director.’ Carlos Acosta
The first chance audiences will get to see Carlos Acosta’s vision translated to programme will be in June 2020. He has curated a three-week summer festival spanning London and Birmingham that brings together dancers, visual artists, writers and thinkers who inspire him under the banner Curated by Carlos(10 – 13 June Sadler’s Wells; 19 – 27 June Birmingham Hippodrome). The programme gives a unique insight into Carlos’ cultural influences and his vision for Birmingham Royal Ballet as a company hungry for creative collaborations.
At the heart of the festival is a mixed bill of electrifying ballet that showcases Birmingham Royal Ballet’s versatility and includes the world premiere of a new duet for Alessandra Ferri and Carlos Acosta by Spanish choreographer and resident at Acosta Danza, Goyo Montero whose work Chacona, set to J S Bach, receives its UK premiere. The latest Ballet Now commission, Imminent, from British/ Brazilian London-based choreographer Daniela Cardim featuring commissioned music by Emmy Award winning composer Paul Englishby receives its world premiere, and Theme and Variations, George Balanchine’s love letter to classical Russian ballet, set to the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No.3 completes the programme. All music is performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
For the second half of the Curated by Carlos festival, Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Carlos Acosta’s stunning production of Don Quixote at the Birmingham Hippodrome (19-27 June), opening as part of the final weekend of Birmingham International Dance Festival which runs throughout June celebrating Birmingham as a world leading destination for dance (#DestinationDance). This will be the first time this vibrant and joyful production will be presented in the UK outside the Royal Opera House in London. This much-loved 19th century classic is drawn from Cervantes’ famous novel and set to Ludwig Minkus’s score. Don Quixote showcases the technical brilliance of the dancers, and is packed full of the the most exciting fireworks ballet has to offer - huge jumps, electrifying pirouettes and gravity defying lifts.
Alongside mainstage shows in both venues, Acosta has invited acclaimed visual artist Conrad Shawcross to present his artwork, TheAda Project featuring contemporary musicians responding to the movement and physicality of his robotic instrument. The exhibition will be open to audiences at both the Lilian Baylis Theatre in London and the Patrick Studio in Birmingham (Lilian Baylis Theatre 10-13 June, Patrick Studio 23-27 June).
Ada Lovelace, the Victorian mathematician, computer visionary and daughter of Lord Byron, serves as a springboard for the artwork. Shawcross has programmed choreographic pathways, based on various mathematical aspects of her life’s work, for his robotic instrument to perform. Each pathway has been responded to by a series of music commissions by leading contemporary composers, including Mira Calix, Beatrice Dillon & Rupert Clervaux and Tamara & Mylo (see listings information for dates). Acosta danced with a larger robotic artwork by Shawcross as part of the Royal Opera House/ National Gallery Titian project in 2012.
As part of the exhibition programme there will be special evenings of talks and live music performances with the robot, hosted by Conrad Shawcross. The talks series titled Meetings of Minds, sees Carlos Acosta inviting a number of artists, writers and thinkers to appear in conversations about their creative. Speakers include journalist, writer and presenter Mariella Frostrup, philosopher and author AC Grayling and novelist and journalist Howard Jacobson, author Katie Hickman and novelist, biographer and critic Miranda Seymour, writer of In Byron’s Wake, a book about Ada Lovelace and her mother.
There will be a panel discussion focusing on the music in the festival (Lilian Baylis Theatre 12 June), titled Bach, Tchaikovsky and Beyond. Chaired by Sarah Kirkup, with Paul Murphy, Principal Conductor of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, composer Paul Englishby and James Murphy, Chief Executive of Royal Philharmonic Society, (further speaker to be announced). The discussion is supported by the RPS Drummond Fund.
On the opening night of Curated by Carlos festival, Cuban / Iranian band Ariwo will perform in the foyer of Sadler’s Wells before the show and in the intervals. The band combines traditional afro-cuban rhythms with hypnotic electronic beats and textures and carnival inspired melodies and improvised solos. Ariwo brings together acclaimed Iranian electronic composer and co-founder of Parasang, Pouya Ehsaei; Carlos Acosta and Irakere’s Latin Grammy winning 'percussion virtuoso' Hammadi Valdes; figurehead of London's Cuban music scene, Oreste Noda; and Tom Misch/Alfa Mist supporting London based Jazz trumpeter, Sam Warner.
The Curated by Carlos festival culminates in a free Family Day at Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 27 June. Alongside the two shows that day of Don Quixote and The Ada Project exhibition, families will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of ballet and explore Birmingham Hippodrome as the company animates and transforms the foyer spaces with a variety of fun-filled activities including costumes displays, arts and crafts, face painting, a talk for families by artist Conrad Shawcross, technology and art workshops, ballet training led by Birmingham Royal Ballet artists and National Youth Ballet, flamenco sessions, music workshops led by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, touch tours and audio descriptions for sight impaired children and adults, the chance to watch Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers take class and watch Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production team set up the sets on stage, and more.
For autumn 2020 a tantalising Triple Bill (1 – 3 October, Birmingham Hippodrome; 27 & 28 October Sadler’s Wells) features Seventh Symphony by Uwe Scholz (d.2004 former director of Leipzig Ballet) whose work has never been presented in the UK before, in a celebration of Beethoven’s music in the year of his 250th anniversary of his birth, this huge work fills the stage with 36 dancers; the world premiere of Ballet Now commissioned choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple with 2019 Linbury prize-winning design by Sami Fendall and a new music score to be announced; and renowned Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián’s epic and melancholic Forgotten Land, set to Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem brings the evening to a thrilling climax.
On tour Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet, a ballet very close to Carlos’s heart, will travel to Plymouth, Birmingham and London in October; and in January - March 2021 David Bintley’s enchanting version of Cinderella. In tandem, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s fantastic First Steps version of Cinderella for children aged three to seven years and families, will tour to Southampton, Salford, Birmingham, Plymouth, Sunderland and Bristol. This is a unique children’s introduction to ballet including a charismatic storyteller who explains what’s happening and crucial mime elements, as well as the full Royal Ballet Sinfonia orchestra. Birmingham Royal Ballet is the only large scale ballet company to include a full orchestra playing for its children’s shows, rather than recorded music.
Additionally, there will be a tour in May 2021 which will include Jorge Crecis’ Ten, originally created for Acosta Danza, and a new commission to be announced shortly, bridging a gap for Ballet provision in smaller towns and cities in the UK. Venue and full programme details to be announced.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s successful An Evening of Music and Dance will return to Symphony Hall Birmingham on 12 February 2021. Following the success and sell out of last year’s Royal Albert Hall concert, the Company has been invited back by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to perform with them at the Royal Albert Hall in an evening titled The Beauty of Ballet conducted by Music Director Laureate, Barry Wordsworth on 4 November 2020.
There are new partnerships in the pipeline including the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire whose orchestra will perform for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake Dreams on 23 February 2020. This outstanding Birmingham orchestra of young talented musicians will have the opportunity to perform for a ballet for the first time, conducted by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Principal Conductor, Paul Murphy and led by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia's Leader, Robert Gibbs.
Birmingham Royal Ballet is also partnering with two Festivals in 2020, with Wayne McGregor inviting the Company to perform his duet2Humanat Dance@Grange Festival (10 & 11 July). Birmingham Royal Ballet will also perform for the first time at TheLatitude Festival in Suffolk also in July 2020.
Birmingham Royal Ballet is committed to supporting and offering creative opportunities for local children and young adults. The company’s talent identification programme Dance Track visits a quarter of all Birmingham primary schools annually. Every year 80 children, aged six to eight, showing a natural talent for ballet join Dance Track and are given free weekly ballet lessons taught by Birmingham Royal Ballet staff, as well as free uniforms and ballet shoes. Talented Dance Trackers are supported to apply for both the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School associate programmes. These special programmes provide children with more advanced training to refine their dance technique and are the first step on the long journey to become a professional dancer. The Dance Track children will give end of year celebration performances at Patrick Studio in Birmingham on 9, 14, 16 and 17 July.
Freefall Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s own company of highly gifted dancers with learning disabilities, returns to the Patrick Studio for its annual performance showcase on 12 November 7pm. Tickets available now.
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Birmingham Royal Ballet moving to Birmingham, and what better way to celebrate than by returning to the Hippodrome and Royal Albert Hall with Sir Peter Wright’s version of The Nutcracker that he created as a gift to the City of Birmingham 30 years ago in 1990. To mark the occasion Birmingham Royal Ballet is refurbishing John MacFarlane’s stunning sets, supported by funding from loyal audiences.
Birmingham Royal Ballet will also be celebrating by partnering with fellow Birmingham arts organisation, Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage which also celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2020. Birmingham Royal Ballet will host a choreo-lab residency bringing together two dancers and choreographers from both organisations, to share practice and explore each other’s dance languages. Bharatanatyam dancer and rehearsal director with Akram Khan Company, Mavin Khoo, and First Soloist with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Kit Holder, will spend a creative week at Birmingham Royal Ballet working on new choreography. They will share their findings with local colleagues at the end of the week (29 June – 2 July, sharing date on 3 July).
Celebrating the company’s rich history, Birmingham Royal Ballet will join its sister company The Royal Ballet and Yorke Dance Project at The Linbury Theatre in May 2020 as part of an evening celebrating the choreographers who have shaped the Royal Ballet companies’ shared history. The evening, titled Heritage, will feature Birmingham Royal Ballet performing Sir Frederick Ashton’s Dante Sonata (1940, performed at the Linbury Theatre, 14-19 May 2020).
Acosta’s first year will culminate in the company’s jubilant return to The Royal Opera House in summer 2021 after an absence of twenty years. It promises to be a spectacular homecoming to mark the end of the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 30th anniversary year, programme information to be announced.
In Birmingham Royal Ballet’s continued efforts to make ballet more accessible, in 2020 there are over 20,000 tickets available across the season for £20 or less.
‘This is just the beginning of the journey. As I get to know the city of Birmingham and meet more and more artists from all walks of life, the more I see the opportunity to collaborate as a major part of my role. I look forward to announcing further exciting projects and embedding my vision and ambition in the very heart of this great city. Watch this space.’
Further programme details will be announced in the coming months.
Press images for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2019-20 autumn season are available to download here
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Spanish-born Montero is an international award-winning dancer and choreographer. He trained under the legendary Carmen Roche and completed his studies at the Royal Conservatory for Professional Dance in Madrid and the School of the National Ballet of Cuba. As a choreographer he has presented his works at theatres and festivals across the globe, creating pieces for The Royal Ballet (UK), Compañia Nacional de Danza, Acosta Danza, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Opera of Kiel, Ankara and Izmir State Ballet, Ballet Carmen Roche, National Ballet of Cuba, and the Ballet de Teatres de la Generalitat Valenciana, to name but a few.
He became Ballet Director and Principal Choreographer of Nuremberg Ballet in 2008, and has since staged and developed over 22 productions for the company, receiving the Bavarian Culture Award in 2014 and the ‘Deutscher Tanzpreis’ (German Dance Award) in 2018 for Outstanding Development in Dance, alongside nominations for ‘Choreographer of the Year’ from numerous judging panels and publications. In 2019 he was appointed Resident Choreographer of Acosta Danza.
Daniela Cardim is a Brazilian/ British choreographer based in London. She trained with Prof. Eliana Karin and danced with Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro for 5 years and with Dutch National Ballet, in Amsterdam, for 11 years. As a choreographer she has created works for Dutch National Ballet, São Paulo Companhia de Dança, English National Ballet School, Elmhurst Ballet School, Dutch National Ballet’s School, School of American Ballet (as part of the New York Choreographic Institute) and the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts.
Her productions have premiered to widespread critical acclaim, most notably: Uirapuru for Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro; Vertex for New English Ballet Theatre (NEBT), performed at the Peacock Theatre in London, which was chosen by Dance Europe's Critics’ Choice Awards as one of the 'Best Premieres of 2017’; and What Got You Here, a creation for Dutch National Ballet Junior Company which premiered in Amsterdam last year before touring The Netherlands and being performed at the ROH Linbury Theatre in London.
Daniela is NEBT’s Company Manager and Choreographer and created works for the company in 2014/ 15 (for which she was cited as the ‘new name to watch’ by Dance Europe Magazine’s Critics’ Choice Awards), in 2016 and in 2019. Daniela has been a guest teacher with Rambert, Hong Kong Dance Company, English National Ballet, Akram Khan Company and the Swedish Ballet School in Gothenburg. Upcoming commissions include a new work for Birmingham Royal Ballet as part of Ballet Now and a new work for Dutch National Ballet in collaboration with fellow choreographer Peter Leung.
Conrad Shawcross’s sculptures explore subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. Different technologies and natural forces inspire his forms. Shawcross has paid tribute to some of the great pioneers and analysts, and considers specific moments or figures from the past. Paradigm (Ode to the Difference Engine), 2006 references the life of Charles Babbage; Slow Arc Inside a Cube, 2008 takes its inspiration from the scientist Dorothy Hodgkin’s discovery of the structure of pig insulin; and most recently, ADA, 2013 is named after Ada Lovelace, credited by many as the world’s first computer programmer.
Shawcross’s first public realm commission, Space Trumpet, was installed in the atrium of the refurbished Unilever Building, London in 2007 and won the Art & Work 2008 Award for a Work of Art Commissioned for a Specific Site in a Working Environment. He was an artist in Residence at the Science Museum, London (2009-2011). In 2012 Shawcross, along with Chris Ofili and Mark Wallinger, was invited to create works inspired by Titian’s masterpieces for the project Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, an ambitious collaboration with the National Gallery and Royal Ballet for the Cultural Olympiad. In 2017, Shawcross gave the annual arts, society and medicine lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine.
Often working on an epic scale, his creations have been exhibited at Art Galleries, major institutions and public spaces across the globe. Recent commissions include Manifold 5:4, for the Crossrail Art Programme permanent display (Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station), Exploded Paradigm for Comcast Technology Centre (Philadelphia, 2018) and Beijing Canopy, a permanent commission for Guo Rui Square in Beijing (China, 2017).
In 1985, at the tender age of 26, German-born Uwe Scholz became Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of the Zurich Ballet. After 6 years in Zurich, he returned to Germany to build and shape the Leipzig Ballet until his tragic and untimely death in 2004. During his impressive career, in which he was also a Director and Choreographer for Operas, and Assistant Director in film and theatre, Uwe Scholz created more than 100 choregraphic works. His main focus was always the score; he loved works by Bach, Bruckner, Mozart, Wagner, Schumann, Schubert, Stravinsky, and Bartok as much as contemporary compositions by Udo Zimmermann and Pierre Boulez.
Morgann Runacre-Temple trained at Central School of Ballet and London Contemporary Dance School and was a recipient of Dance East Rural Retreat Award for Future Dance Leaders 16/ 17. She became Choreographer in Residence at Ballet Ireland from 2009- 2015, creating over five full length ballets including Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and Coppelia.
Now a freelance Choreographer and Movement Director working in ballet, contemporary dance, theatre, film and opera, Morgann has created work for Northern Ballet, Scottish Ballet, English National Ballet, Ballet Central, The Print Room, Images of Dance, Royal Ballet Participation, BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2017 and Wilton's Music Hall, and has worked with directors including Sam Brown (Barber of Seville, WNO), Jeff James (Persuasion, Royal Exchange Manchester) and assisted Choreographer Annie B Parson on the David Bowie musical, Lazarus, directed by Ivo Van Hove.
In partnership with Jessica Wright, she has directed and choreographed dance films including The Try Out (RANDOM ACTS/ Channel 4), The Last Resort (English National Ballet/ TATE Liverpool) and Curing Albrecht (ENB/ MIF) which won Best Film 2018 at NRDFF and Best Director at Portland Dance Film Festival.
The world-renowned Czech choreographer has been Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater for nearly a quarter century. After having created three ballets for NDT (Viewers, Stoolgame and La Cathédrale Engloutie), Kylián became the company’s Artistic Director in 1975 together with Hans Knill. In 1978 he and Carel Birnie founded NDT 2, meant to offer young dancers the opportunity to develop their skills and talents and focus on maturing their artistic personalities. In 1991 he initiated NDT 3; a company that created opportunities for older dancers. NDT stood out as the first company worldwide that showed the three dimensions of a dancer´s life. After an extraordinary record of service Kylián handed over the artistic leadership in 1999, but remained the company’s House Choreographer until 2009. To this day, Kylián’s masterpieces are frequently performed by numerous dance companies and schools around the world. Since his last piece Mémoires d’Oubliettes for NDT in 2009, Kylián’s creative focus has shifted to more small scale projects and films. Kylián’s entire body of work counts 100 creations to date, of which 77 performed by NDT and no less than 75 were especially created for the company. Furthermore, he made pieces for companies worldwide such as the Stuttgart Ballet, the Opéra de Paris, the Munich Bayerisches Staatsballett, and the Tokyo Ballet. Kylián returns in 2020 with the NDT 1 program Sometimes, I wonder.
Jorge Crecis is a dancer, choreographer, director and teacher. For the last 20 years, Jorge has been working to crack the secret of how to replicate altered states of consciousness through very accessible but highly effective body routines. He published his cutting-edge methodology in his PhD thesis (Goldsmiths, University of London), having started his undergraduate degree in Sport Sciences and contemporary dance at the Royal Conservatory of Madrid. As a professional dancer he worked with many high profile companies throughout Europe, including Compagnie Thor (Belgium) and CandoCo (UK). Between 2008 and 2012 he combined his position as a full-time lecturer at London Contemporary Dance School in London and guest teacher at other international institutions.
Over the last five years Jorge has been commissioned by companies based in the UK, Europe, Russia, and China, and also regularly taught classes for companies such as Akram Khan Company, DV8, Punchdrunk, Rambert, etc. He has worked with dance personalities such as Carlos Acosta and music legends Paul McCartney and Natasha Khan.
SWAN LAKE, FIRST STEPS: SWAN LAKE AND SWAN LAKE DREAMS
Until 4 April 2020
Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Choreography: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Marius Petipa
Production: Sir Peter Wright, Galina Samsova
Designs: Philip Prowse
Lighting: Peter Teigen
Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com
Tuesday 18 – Saturday 29 February 2020
First Steps: Swan Lake: Friday 21 February 2020, 4.30pm Audio-described performance of Swan Lake: Saturday 22 February 2020, 2.30pm (Touch Tour: 10.30am) Swan Lake Dreams: Sunday 23 February 2020, 7pm
Relaxed performance of Swan Lake: Tuesday 25 February 2020, 12pm
Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ; 0343 208 6000 www.thelowry.com
Wednesday 4 – 7 March 2020
Audio-described performance of Swan Lake: Saturday 7 March 2020, 2pm (Touch Tour: 10.30am) First Steps: Swan Lake: Friday 6 March 2020, 4.30pm
4-5 High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3EX; 0844 871 3022 www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 March 2020
First Steps: Swan Lake: Thursday 12 March 2020, 4.30pm
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR; 01752 267222 www.theatreroyal.com
Wednesday 1 – Saturday 4 April 2020
Swan Lake Dreams: Tuesday 31 March 2020, 7pm
First Steps: Swan Lake: Friday 3 April 2020, 4.30pm
A VALENTINE’S CELEBRATION OF MUSIC AND DANCE
14 – 15 February 2020
Conductor: Paul Murphy
Compere: Nick Owen
Birmingham Symphony Hall
Broad St, Birmingham B1 2EA; 0121 780 3333 thsh.co.uk/
Friday 14 February 2020, 7.30pm Tickets from £15.50 Conductor: Paul Murphy
Compere: Dr Ranj Singh
Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL; 024 7652 4524 warwickartscentre.co.uk/
Saturday 15 February 2020, 7.30pm Tickets from £15.50
HERITAGE: DANTE SONATA
Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton
The Linbury Theatre , Royal Opera House
Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD; 020 7304 4000 www.roh.org.uk
SEASONS IN OUR WORLD | PETER AND THE WOLF
22 May – 4 July 2020
SEASONS IN OUR WORLD Choreography: Laura Day, Kit Holder and Lachlan Monaghan Music: Cevanne Horrocks-Hopayian Designs: Spike Kilburn Lighting: Peter Teigen
PETER AND THE WOLF Choreography: Ruth Brill Music: Sergei Prokofiev Designs: Spike Kilburn Lighting: Peter Teigen
Theatre Royal Nottingham Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND; 0115 989 5555 trch.co.uk
Friday 22 May and Saturday 23 May, 7.30pm Matinee Saturday 23 May, 2.30pm Tickets from £14.50
Norwich Theatre Royal Theatre St, Norwich NR2 1RL; 01603 630 000 norwichtheatre.org Friday 3 July and Saturday 4 July, 7.30pm Matinee Saturday 4 July, 2.30pm Tickets from £10
FESTIVAL: CURATED BY CARLOS AT SADLER'S WELLS
11-13 June 2020
Sadler’s Wells Theatre and Lilian Baylis Studio Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000 www.sadlerswells.com
Mixed Bill: Chacona | Imminent | Theme and Variations
CHACONA UK PREMIERE A new duet for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri Choreography: Goyo Montero Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Costumes: Verena Hemmerlein
IMMINENT BALLET NOW COMMISION: WORLD PREMIERE Choreography: Daniela Cardim Music: Paul Englishby Designs: April Dalton Lighting: Peter Teigen
THEME AND VARIATIONS Choreography: George Balanchine @ The George Balanchine Trust Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Designs: Peter Farmer Lighting: Peter Teigen Live music performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet's acclaimed orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia
Sadler’s Wells Theatre Wednesday 10 June, 7.45pm (PRESS NIGHT) Thursday 11 June, 2pm & 7.45pm Friday 12 June, 7.45pm Saturday 13 June, 2.30pm & 7.45pm
THE ADA PROJECT: EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS (Free Entry) Lilian Baylis Theatre Thursday 11 June, 1pm - 7.30pm Friday 12 June, 1pm – 7.30pm Saturday 13 June, 1pm – 5pm
MEETINGS OF MINDS: Mariella Frostrup and Conrad Shawcross Closing with a performance by Ada accompanied by live musician Mira Calix Lilian Baylis Theatre Wednesday 10 June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm Ticket price £12, £10 concessions
PANEL DISCUSSION: BACH, TCHAIKOVSKY AND BEYOND Chaired by Sarah Kirkup, speakers include Paul Murphy, Paul Englishby, James Murphy Lilian BaylisTheatre Friday 12 June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
MEETINGS OF MINDS: Professor AC Grayling and Howard Jacobson Introduction by Conrad Shawcross, closing with a performance by Ada accompanied by live musicians Tamara Barnett-Herrin & Mylo Lilian Baylis Theatre Saturday 13 June, 6.30pm – 7.30pm
FESTIVAL: CURATED BY CARLOS AT BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
19 – 27 June 2020
Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com
Choreography: Carlos Acosta after Marius Petipa Music: Ludwig Minkus Arranged and Orchestrated by: Martin Yates Production: Carlos Acosta Designs: Tim Hatley
Don Quixote is produced in association with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. This production was first seen at the Royal Opera House, London on 30 September 2013.
Friday 19 June (PRESS NIGHT) – Saturday 27 June, 7.30pm Matinees Saturday 20 June, 2.30pm and Thursday 25 June, 2pm Audio-described performance of Don Quixote: Saturday 27 June, 2.30pm (Touch Tour: 10.30am) THE ADA PROJECT: EXHIBITION OPENING HOURS (Free Entry) Wednesday 24 June, 1pm – 7.30pm Thursday 25 June, 1pm – 5pm Friday 26 June, 1pm – 5pm Saturday 27 June, 1pm – 7.30pm
MEETINGS OF MINDS: Katie Hickman and Miranda Seymour
OPEN DAY AND FAMILY EVENTS Saturday 27 June, from 11am
9 – 17 July 2020
Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com North Celebrations - Thursday 9 July South Celebrations - Tuesday 14 July Central Celebrations - Thursday 16 July LEAP Ambassadors Celebration – Friday 17 July
10 - 19 July 2020 Choreography: Wayne McGregor
10 – 11 July The Grange, Northington, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9TZ; 01962 791 020 thegrangefestival.co.uk
16-19 July Henham Park, Suffolk; www.latitudefestival.com
AUTUMN MIXED BILL Seventh Symphony | Morgann Runacre-Temple | Forgotten Land
SEVENTH SYMPHONY UK PREMIERE Choreography: Uwe Scholz Music: Beethoven
BALLET NOW COMMISSION WORLD PREMIERE Choreography: Morgann Runacre-Temple Design: Sami Fendall
FORGOTTEN LAND Choreography: Jiří Kylián Music: Benjamin Britten
Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com Thursday 1 – Saturday 3 October
Sadler’s Wells Theatre Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000 www.sadlerswells.com Tuesday 27 – Wednesday 28 October
ROMEO AND JULIET
Choreography: Sir Kenneth Macmillan
Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com
Theatre Royal Plymouth Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR; 01752 267222 www.theatreroyal.com
Sadler’s Wells Theatre Rosebery Ave, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000 www.sadlerswells.com
FREEFALL Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com Thursday 12 November 2020, 7pm
SIR PETER WRIGHT’S THE NUTCRACKER
November – December 2020
Choreography: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Production: Sir Peter Wright Designs: John F. MacFarlane Lighting: David A. Finn
Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com Friday 20 November (PRESS NIGHT) – Saturday 12 December, 7.30pm Matinees Saturdays at 2.30pm, Sundays at 1pm, Thursdays at 2pm, Tuesday 8 December at 2pm Audio Described performance of The Nutcracker: Saturday 21 November, 2.30pm
Birmingham Royal Ballet and The Royal Albert Hall present THE NUTCRACKER December 2020
Choreography: Sir Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmon Additional choreography and produced by: David Bintley Additional choreography: Marion Tait Music: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Designs: Dick Bird Lighting: Peter Teigen Projections Design: 59 Productions Sound Design: Bobby Aitken
Royal Albert Hall Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP; 020 7589 8212 www.royalalberthall.com Monday 28 December, 7pm (PRESS NIGHT) Tuesday 29 December, 2pm & 7pm Wednesday 30 December, 2pm & 7pm Thursday 31 December, 12pm & 4pm
January – March 2021
Choreography: David Bintley
Mayflower Theatre 22-26 Commercial Rd, Southampton SO15 1GE; 02380 711811 www.mayflower.org.ukThe Lowry Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ; 0343 208 6000 www.thelowry.com Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com
Theatre Royal Plymouth Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2TR; 01752 267222 www.theatreroyal.com
Sunderland Empire 4-5 High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3EX; 0844 871 3022 www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire
Bristol Hippodrome St Augustine's Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ; 0844 871 3012 www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome
Twelve | TBA
Choreography: Jorge Crecis
Canterbury Northampton Shrewsbury Cheltenham
Patrick Studio, Birmingham Hippodrome Hurst St, Southside, Birmingham B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000 birminghamhippodrome.com Thursday 10 November 2021, 7pm
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Based at Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham Royal Ballet is the United Kingdom’s leading touring ballet company performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as ground-breaking new works with the aim of encouraging choreographers of the future.
The company’s Director from January 2020 is the internationally renowned Carlos Acosta.
Birmingham Royal Ballet performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately ten weeks of the year and the remainder of the year tours throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.
The Royal Ballet Sinfonia is Britain's busiest ballet orchestra, playing for Birmingham Royal Ballet's wide-ranging programme. The Sinfonia also plays frequently for The Royal Ballet and other leading ballet companies, including performances with; The Royal Ballet, Paris Opéra Ballet, New York City Ballet, Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Kirov, Norwegian Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and La Scala Ballet.
DanceXchange, Birmingham Hippodrome and Birmingham Royal Ballet are joining forces to promote and celebrate Birmingham as a world leading destination for dance, with an exhilarating month of dance festivals running throughout June 2020:
B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival – the UK’s biggest free annual hip-hop festival, produced by Birmingham Hippodrome, 29 May-7 June.
Birmingham International Dance Festival 2020 – Birmingham’s biennial signature festival, taking over the city’s theatres, streets and squares with show-stopping performances and breath-taking choreography, produced by DanceXchange, 5-21 June.
Curated by Carlos – In his first programme as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta will bring together dancers, visual artists, writers and thinkers in a series of interactive events staged around the Birmingham premiere of Don Quixote, at Birmingham Hippodrome 19-27 June.