Two incredible ballets, one from
established choreographer, Director
David Bintley, and one from a
choreographer working on this scale
for the first time, Juanjo Arqués.
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. In The King Dances, David
Bintley casts a modern eye on the very
beginnings of ballet, when men were
kings of dance.
As part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s
innovative Ballet Now programme,
Juanjo Arqués’s Ignite, inspired by
Turner’s painting The Burning of the
House of Lords and Commons, receives
its world premiere in Birmingham. Ignite is a Co-Production between Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dutch National Opera and Ballet.
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.
Ignite is supported (2018) by the RVW Trust.
Ignite was a nominee of the FEDORA – VAN CLEEF & ARPELS Prize for Ballet 2018 which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.