Ballet Now is a ground-breaking initiative furthering the tradition of creativity and innovation pioneered by Ninette de Valois, founder in 1931 of what was to become Birmingham Royal Ballet. This new initiative will create a legacy of new traditions, new talent, new ballets and new audiences.
Ballet Now’s purpose is to provide a unique and enriching pathway to aid the development of choreographers, composers and designers who show originality and world-class potential. Each participant will create new works that will be shared with audiences throughout the UK and beyond, premiering at either Birmingham Hippodrome or Sadler's Wells, London. Over five years the initiative will support 30 new artists, ten choreographers, ten composers and ten designers providing them with mentoring, resources and access to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s outstanding facilities.
'There’s not been a commissioning programme like this since Diaghilev' said David Bintley at the launch of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Ballet Now programme at Sadler's Wells (October 2017).
This exciting new initiative is overseen by a Creative Consortium of renowned industry leaders. They will set the framework for the project, award commissions as well as offer inspiration, mentoring, development and support throughout the entire process.