Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a tantalising triple bill, including two recently premiered works and the world premiere of a new pas de deux created especially for Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri.
City of a Thousand Trades is a love letter to Birmingham, commissioned by Acosta to celebrate the city's richly diverse heritage and melting pot of cultures. It is brought to the stage by Havana-born choreographer Miguel Altunaga, and dramaturg and co-Director Madeleine Kludje from Birmingham Repertory Theatre, with music by Mathias Coppens, inspired by the city’s soundscape.
Brazilian/British choreographer Daniela Cardim’s Imminent has been created with a team of international talent, including renowned composer Paul Englishby. Imminent explores the sensation of knowing that something isn’t right, that something inside is pulling at us, and it’s telling us we need to make change. Though the world around us seems to be flowing harmoniously, sometimes we need to listen to our instincts, resist the status quo and find the strength to see opportunities in paths unknown, embracing both the fear and the hope as we do so.
Chacona is a powerful ensemble piece for 16 dancers set to music by J.S. Bach, played on stage by violin, guitar and piano. Created by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero (Nuremberg Ballet / Acosta Danza), Sadler’s Wells presents a brand-new production featuring an exclusive pas de deux performed by Carlos Acosta and guest artist Alessandra Ferri.
Live music performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by Music Director Koen Kessels.
City of a Thousand Trades and Imminent are Ballet Now commissions, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s programme which seeks to find exciting, diverse, international creative talent.
City of a Thousand Trades: 30 minutes
Interval: 30 minutes
Imminent: 20 minutes
Pause: 10 minutes
Chacona: 25 minutes
Robert Gibbs, the leader of Birmingham Royal Ballet's orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, here plays the Chaconne from Bach's Partita in D minor, the music that inspired Goyo Montero's Chacona.