ANNOUNCEMENT: In light of Birmingham City Council's serious concerns regarding the rise in Covid-19 cases, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rowheath Pavilion and Sampad have decided to postpone the outdoor dance display at Rowheath Pavilion, Bournville. We are very disappointed but feel this is the responsible action to take at this current time.
Birmingham Royal Ballet is pleased to announce an afternoon of outdoor dance displays in partnership with Rowheath Pavilion and Sampad (South Asian Arts and Heritage). Taking place on Monday 24, Tuesday 25 or Wednesday 26 August (date to be confirmed on 21 August, subject to weather), the dance displays will be held on the picturesque terrace of the Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville from 1pm.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary of moving to the city in 1990, Birmingham Royal Ballet will be joined by dancers from fellow Birmingham company Sampad, which also commemorates its 30th anniversary this year.
Dance lovers can enjoy an afternoon of world-class performance in the beautiful surroundings of Rowheath Pavilion. Sitting socially distanced on the Pavilion’s grounds, audiences are encouraged to bring their picnic blankets and refreshments and take in the exquisite artistry of these two renowned Birmingham companies.
Audiences can enjoy the rare opportunity of watching Birmingham Royal Ballet’s professional dancers in their daily ballet class accompanied by Company pianist Ross Williams; daily class is essential for every dancer to improve technique, prevent injury and be performance ready.
They will then be treated to two solos by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s professional dancers, The Dying Swan and Liebestod. The Dying Swan, will be performed by First Artist Alys Shee. This poignant piece, set to Camille Saint-Saëns' Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des animaux, was originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova.
Liebestod, will be danced by Principal Brandon Lawrence. Accompanied by powerful music from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Brandon will dance choreographer Valery Panov's emotive solo piece.
The Company will be joined by two of Sampad’s highly trained dancers Anaya Bolar and Aishani Ghosh, who will bring TILLANA to life on the pavilion terrace. TILLANA is the concluding number in a Bharatanatyam recital and is a pure technical piece with complex movements and postures. Bharatanatyam is a Classical dance form that originates from the temples of southern India.