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Coppelia – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, England, 1 July 2017

All dolled up Peter Wright’s production of Coppélia for Birmingham Royal Ballet is a fine looking thing. Peter Farmer’s scenery and costumes are extremely attractive and the whole thing is put together with a breezy cohesion. And when you have … 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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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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Swan Lake – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 13 October 2015

Something worth pondering When Swan Lake starts with a funeral then you know you’re in for something slightly different. And that’s exactly what you get with Peter Wright and Galina Samsova’s production for Birmingham Royal Ballet: something slightly different. It’s … 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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The Sleeping Beauty – Birmingham Royal Ballet: Sadler’s Wells, London, 17 October 2013

It takes two Sometimes partnerships just work. There was Jenna Roberts wobbling a little on her own as Princess Aurora in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty when on glides her Prince Iain Mackay in Act II and suddenly the … 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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Aladdin – Birmingham Royal Ballet: London Coliseum, 20 March 2013

Djinn Genie, let yourself go In 1910 Michel Fokine choreographed Scheherazade for the Ballets Russes. Watching David Bintley’s new production of Aladdin for Birmingham Royal Ballet you’d be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed in the 100 years … Continue reading

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