Category Archives: David Bintley

Giselle – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 1 November 2019

Wili or won’t he? Galina Samsova and David Bintley’s 1999 Giselle is as traditional as they come – in fact, it’s more traditional than most, even to the point of restoring music from the original 1841 production (a perfectly pleasant … Continue reading

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Hobson’s Choice – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 29 June 2019

A Proper Gentleman This was the last performance of David Bintley’s 24-year long directorship of Birmingham Royal Ballet [BRB] and it was held not in Birmingham but in London’s Sadler’s Wells, the Company’s abode in a previous guise. At the … Continue reading

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[Un]leashed – Birmingham Royal Ballet: 25 June 2019, Sadler’s Wells

Wolfing it up [Un]leashed constitutes the first part of David Bintley’s last foray to Sadler’s Wells as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet (his Full-length Hobson’s Choice comes later in the week) and it features a trio of works all by … Continue reading

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The Nutcracker – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Royal Albert Hall, London, 28 December 2017

Hallmost done As ever there are plenty of Nutcrackers inhabiting London’s theatres this year and even Birmingham Royal Ballet [BRB] have upped sticks from the Black Country for a week to show what they have to offer. The cavernous Royal … Continue reading

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Arcadia/ Le Baiser de la Fée/‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 4 November 2017

Miss Kiss In no physical way does Le Baiser de la Fée resemble a London bus but it is true that you wait years to see one and then two come along at once. Just weeks after Scottish Ballet presented … Continue reading

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The Tempest – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 13 October 2016

Storming the balletcades There are three quite separate things going on in David Bintley’s new creation for Birmingham Royal Ballet, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Firstly there’s the story. It didn’t make much sense to me. Important moments are hurried and … Continue reading

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Wink/The Moor’s Pavane/The Shakespeare Suite – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 10 October 2016

Willing it on It’s right that the greatest ever Brummie, William Shakespeare, should have his legacy celebrated by Birmingham Royal Ballet. Whether this Triple Bill was the best way to do it remains to be seen. Jessica Lang’s Wink was … Continue reading

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