In the courts of 17thcentury France a royal legacy is born as a young King takes control and stands centre stage. A flame kindles and catches in an icon of 19thcentury London, and for a moment the city stands stunned by vivid colour and ferocious movement. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Fire and Furyinvites you to enter into the middle of the storm as power shakes and crumbles, sparks begin to fly, and we have a chance to view the present through the lessons of history.
Featuring David Bintley’s exploration of the beginning of ballet, The King Dances (as seen on BBC4’sThe King Who Invented Ballet), and, as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s innovative Ballet Now programme, the world premiere of Juanjo Arqués’s Ignite, inspired by Turner’s painting The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons.
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 PRS Foundation’s Open Fund for Organisations and 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.