Category Archives: David Bintley

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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Triple Bill – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 16 October 2015

Ballet is woman. Ballet is man. Sometimes with big moustaches. The main feature of the Triple Bill Birmingham Royal Ballet brought to Sadler’s Wells was the London premiere of David Bintley’s The King Dances. Based loosely on the Le Ballet … Continue reading

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Shadows of War – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadlers Wells, London, 17 October 2014

Don’t mention the war! Rightly, 2014 has seen plenty of commemorations of the start of the First World War but Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Shadows of War was rather less focussed. Originally created for London’s The Royal Ballet in 1979, Kenneth … Continue reading

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Prince of the Pagodas – Birmingham Royal Ballet: London Coliseum, 26 March 2014

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes The ability to turn a single person into a salamander is a strange sort of magic to possess but that’s the talent Empress Épine harbours in Prince of the Pagodas. The tale of Princess Belle Sakura who discovers that … Continue reading

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Penguin Cafe Triple Bill – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, 15 October 2013

Fires in the wires As Company artistic director David Bintley himself explained to a patiently waiting Sadler’s Wells audience, a couple of electrical fires earlier in the day had caused problems with some of the theatre’s fly bars and he … Continue reading

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Autumn Gala of Dance and Song for the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School – Various Artists: Sadler’s Wells, 29 September 2013

Better than the bingo By their very nature galas can often feel bitty and faintly unsatisfactory. Not so with Yorkshire Ballet Summer School’s (YBSS) Autumn Gala of Dance and Song held at Sadler’s Wells to celebrate their 40th anniversary. This … Continue reading

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