Birmingham Royal Ballet's Fire & Fury

Featuring David Bintley’s The King Dances and the world premiere of Juanjo Arqués’s Ignite

Birmingham Hippodrome 3 - 6 October, Theatre Royal Plymouth 9 & 10 October and Sadler’s Wells 30 - 31 October 

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Fire & Fury mixed programme brings to life two ballets fuelled by power and politics. Director David Bintley’s The King Dances is a modern-day glimpse at the kindling of ballet’s future, whilst award-winning choreographer Juanjo Arqués’s Ignite demonstrates that the flames of the art form continue to burn brightly today. 

In The King Dances, David Bintley casts a modern eye back to the very beginnings of ballet; a time when men were the kings of dance. When young King Louis XIV of France danced the role of the Sun God in a spectacular court entertainment, he earned himself the soubriquet The Sun King. However, beneath the veneer of the glittering, fashionable court lies a desperate, nightmarish struggle for power between the young king and his mentor, Count Mazarin. Inspired by ballet’s very first steps, an all-male ensemble displays a unique kind of virtuosity in this powerful and compelling piece. 

Juanjo Arqués’s Ignite has been commissioned as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s pioneering Ballet Now talent development programme, and features brand new designs from Tatyana Van Walsum and a score from Kate Whitley (co-founder of The Multi-Story Orchestra). Inspired by Turner’s painting ‘The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Commons’, Ignite translates vibrant colour into atmospheric choreography, creating a symbolic narrative unique to each audience member. 

Ballet Now is generously supported by Oak Foundation’s Special Interest Programme, which provided major funding for the project. Ballet Now is also supported by the Foyle Foundation, Anthony Coombs and The Keith Coombs Trust, The Big Give 2017, The John Feeney Charitable Trust, The Leche Trust, The John S Cohen Foundation, The H Steven and PE Wood Charitable Trust, The W and M Morris Charitable Trust, the estate of Judith and John Percival, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s New Work Syndicate 2017 and Director’s Appeal 2017. 

The King Dances
Choreography: David Bintley
Music: Stephen Montague
Designs: Katrina Lindsay
Lighting: Peter Mumford 

Choreography: Juanjo Arqués
Music: Kate Whitley
Designs: Tatyana Van Walsum
Lighting: Bert Dalhuysen
Dramaturg: Fabienne Vegt 

Listings information:
Birmingham Hippodrome
Hurst Street, Southside, Birmingham, B5 4TB; 0844 338 5000
Wednesday 3 (PRESS NIGHT, 7.30pm) – Saturday 6 October 

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Royal Parade, Plymouth, PL1 2TR; 01752 267222
Tuesday 9 (PRESS NIGHT, 7.30pm) & Wednesday 10 October 

Sadler’s Wells
Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4TN; 020 7863 8000
Tuesday 30 (PRESS NIGHT, 7.30pm) & Wednesday 31 October   

For further information, interview requests and images please contact:

Emma Goodacre, PR & Internal Communications Co-ordinator –; 0121 245 3505