Birmingham Royal Ballet have announced their 2019/20 season, which features 10 productions, 11 venues and a total of 127 performances.
For the first time in the company’s history, the season has been created in partnership with leaders from across the world of dance, and will include first time collaborations with Ballet Black, and with newly appointed Director Carlos Acosta CBE, heralding the start of an exciting new period of transformation.
The season will mark the transition between current Director David Bintley, and Carlos Acosta CBE, and will therefore provide the company with opportunities to experiment with new partnerships, as well as reviving some of their iconic and loved classical works, including those by Director Laureate Sir Peter Wright.
The first full-length production in the season will be David Bintley’s and Galina Samsova’s ‘Giselle’ which, “Poetry in motion… gloriously Romantic, from the tumbling waterfall in Giselle’s village to the ruined Gothic arches soaring around her grace” (The Stage), is “a Giselle worth savouring” (The Irish Times).
‘Giselle’ features choreography by Marius Petipa, Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, David Bintley, music by Adolphe Adam, design by Hayden Griffin and lighting by Mark Jonathan.
This will be followed by the welcome return of Sir Peter Wright’s “world class” (The Birmingham Post) production of ‘Swan Lake’ which, according to The Observer, is “one of the world’s finest productions of the ballet”, “a masterpiece with all the elements which make up a superb production securely in place” (The Stage).
Featuring choreography by Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, the production features music by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, design by Philip Prowse and lighting by Peter Teigen.
Carlos Acosta will be welcomed with the company’s inaugural performances of his ravishing comedy ‘Don Quixote‘, marking the ballet’s first UK performances outside London.
‘Don Quixote’ features choreography by Carlos Acosta (after Marius Petipa), music by Ludvig Minkus, arrangements and orchestrations by Martin Yates, design by Tim Hatley and lighting by Hugh Vanstone.
Carlos will also curate a celebratory festival at Birmingham Hippodrome and Sadler’s Wells, London in June 2020.
The season is also set to feature two world premieres in the Ballet Now talent development programme. The first, by Queensland Ballet’s Jack Lister, appears alongside Cathy Marston’s critically-acclaimed ‘The Suit‘ (performed by Ballet Black) and Twyla Tharp’s sizzling tribute to ‘Old Blue Eyes’, ‘Nine Sinatra Songs‘. This exciting mixed programme will be performed in Birmingham and London.
Artistic Director & Founder of Ballet Black Cassa Pancho MBE said: “I’m thrilled that Ballet Black will be joining Birmingham Royal Ballet for their mixed programme in autumn 2019. It’s a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with one of the most established British ballet companies, and for our own brilliant dancers to work alongside the world-class talent at BRB”.
Jack Lister said: “I’m really looking forward to working with BRB’s incredibly talented dancers and alongside such highly respected choreographers. To be given this platform for my first international commission and to collaborate with such a truly gifted creative team is a dream come true”.
Jack Lister’s ‘New Lister’ features composition by Tom Harrold, design by Thomas Mika and lighting by Alex Berlage. Cathy Marston’s ‘The Suit’ features music by Philip Feeney, design by Jane Heather, lighting by David Plater, and dramaturgy by Edward Kemp. Twyla Tharp’s ‘Nine Sinatra Songs’ features songs sung by Frank Sinatra, scenic design originally by Santo Loquasto, original costumes by Oscar de la Renta, and lighting originally by Jennifer Tipton.
The season’s second world premiere, choreographed by Daniela Cardim, is part of a mixed programme curated by incoming Director Carlos Acosta as part of his soon-to-be revealed festival. This bill is completed by George Balanchine’s exuberant ‘Theme and Variations‘ and Goyo Montero’s ‘Chacona‘. This thrilling, physical piece set to violin, guitar and piano receives its UK premiere in this programme. This mixed programme is presented at Sadler’s Wells, London (11 – 13 Jun).
Sir Peter Wright’s “simply magnificent” (The Stage) production of ‘The Nutcracker’ returns to the Birmingham Hippodrome for the festive period – “no other version comes close” (The Sunday Times).
‘The Nutcracker’ features choreography by Peter Wright, Lev Ivanov, Vincent Redmond, music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, design by John F. MacFarlane and lighting by David A. Finn.
The acclaimed Royal Ballet Sinfonia take centre stage once more for ‘An Evening of Music and Dance’ in Birmingham and Northampton, a gala featuring classics selected by the company’s conductors, played to excerpts danced by the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The company will once again be embarking on a spring tour to regional venues, making ballet ever more accessible to audiences, in particular younger audiences, who can also continue to enjoy Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘First Steps‘ programme – hour-long, interactive shows adapted for children aged 3+, the perfect introduction to ballet.
Birmingham Royal Ballet continues to introduce new audiences to their works. From primary schools to care homes, community centres to museums, the Company unlocks amazing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.