Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) today announced that Caroline Miller OBE has joined the Company as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for 12 months. Miller joins BRB as it continues its successful 2017/18 season with 130 performances to be given in total across England and Wales. BRB embarks upon its international tour to the USA and Japan from April.
Professor Michael Clarke, Chair said: “On behalf of the board I am delighted to welcome Caroline Miller to Birmingham Royal Ballet. Caroline is an experienced and highly regarded dance professional with a long track record of achievement. She will work closely with David Bintley CBE (Director, Birmingham Royal Ballet) and other colleagues to begin delivery of a new ambitious strategy as set out in the Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation funding application and business plan.”
On her appointment Caroline said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Birmingham Royal Ballet and to be working alongside such great artistic and administrative talent. To join David Bintley and the entire Company at this exciting moment when Birmingham's dance scene is rapidly developing with the new Dance Hub is a privilege.”
Caroline’s most recent position was Executive Director of Orlando Ballet in the USA. Before that she was Director of Dance UK for ten years. Dance UK was the national body representing the professional dance sector. During her tenure she worked closely with Nick Allen at Birmingham Royal Ballet's Jerwood Centre for Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injury to establish the first National Institute of Dance Medicine and Science. She was recognised for this work in the 2014 Evening Standard list of 1000 most influential Londoners and was awarded an OBE for Services to the Arts in 2017. Caroline is currently Vice Chair of Studio Wayne McGregor.
Highlights of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2017/18 season so far include:
- A special summer gala in June hosted by HRH Prince of Wales, who is Patron of BRB, at Buckingham Palace
- Birmingham Royal Ballet, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet joined forces in October for a series of performances at the Royal Opera House to celebrate the legacy left by Kenneth MacMillan
- Ballet Now, a ground-breaking £1m five-year initiative launched in November, to enable BRB to commission new choreography, music and design to support the future of ballet and attract new audiences
- For the first time, BRB staged a re-imagined version of The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall, London with 24,000 people attending 7 performances
- Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Engagement & Participation team celebrated the talent of private dance teachers and their students across England with a performance of Sleeping Beauty Dreams at Birmingham Hippodrome involving 59 participants from across 17 schools
BRB’s future performances include Coppélia at Sunderland Empire in April 2018. Romeo and Juliet and an enthralling mixed programme of work that includes Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, Alexander Whitley’s Kin. and the first performances of George Williamson’s new work Embrace (as part of Ballet Now) will be performed at Sadler’s Wells and Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2018. La Fille mal gardée concludes the UK season in Bristol in July 2018.
Closing the 2017/18 season is the previously announced international tour to Virginia (USA) and Nishimomiya, Shiga, Nagoya and Tokyo (Japan) with iconic works including La Fille mal gardée, Romeo and Juliet and The Sleeping Beauty.
Full details of BRB’s 2018/19 Beyond Words season can be found online at brb.org.uk/beyondwords
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