Birmingham Royal Ballet launches international search for new director

The board of Birmingham Royal Ballet has today launched an international search for a new Director to replace current Director David Bintley CBE, who is stepping down at the end of July 2019. 

Sir David Normington, Chair of Birmingham Royal Ballet, says: ‘This is an important moment in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s development. We are looking for someone who will build on David Bintley’s wonderful legacy, but also bring us new ideas and fresh artistic direction. We are very ambitious for the future and are, therefore, deliberately conducting the widest possible international search and drawing on the advice of some of the industry’s leading figures. Only the best will do for this great company.’ 

The new Director will provide artistic leadership for the Company and create an ambitious artistic vision, drawing on the best of classical and contemporary works to inspire audiences and to connect with the diverse communities in Birmingham, London and the other cities in the UK and around the world in which BRB performs. 

 Whilst the Board will make the final decision, it will be advised by an expert panel with a breadth of leadership experience working with major ballet and dance companies. The group will be chaired by Sir David Normington throughout the process. The panel comprises, in alphabetical order:

Cate Canniffe Director of Dance and London, Arts Council England

Rebecca Marshall Executive Director, Studio Wayne McGregor 

Kevin O’Hare Director, The Royal Ballet and former BRB Principal dancer and Company Manager

Alistair Spalding Artistic Director & Chief Executive, Sadler’s Wells

Ian Squires BRB Board Member and Chair of the Board at Curve, Leicester

Sharon Watson Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

Monica Zamora Former BRB Principal dancer and Governor of the Royal Ballet Companies. 

International recruitment consultants Saxton Bampfylde have been appointed to assist with the search, which will begin immediately with a closing date of 24 September. 

The BRB board will be advised at each stage by the expert panel, who will also conduct the interviews of the shortlisted candidates and recommend a candidate or candidates for final interview by the board. The aim is to announce the new appointment by the end of the year.

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