BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S 2011 AUTUMN SEASON at BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME
David Bintley’s production of Beauty and the Beast
A mixed bill Autumn Glory
Venue and booking information:
Birmingham Hippodrome: Tickets: 0844 338 5000
Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to return to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage from 28 September – 8 October. The Company will perform their autumn season in its home town with two programmes, David Bintley’s gothic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, and a mixed bill Autumn Glory.
Beauty and the Beast 28 September – 2 October
Beauty and the Beast, created by David Bintley, enjoyed its world premiere in 2003 performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Company’s home theatre, the Birmingham Hippodrome. Now this story of passion and prejudice returns to the theatre for seven performances only.
Searching the country to salvage his lost fortune, a once-wealthy merchant seeks shelter in a mysterious castle, where invisible forces tend to his every need. The merchant’s older daughters have demanded gifts of gold, jewels and fine clothes; the youngest, Belle, has asked for a single rose.
But when the merchant plucks just one bloom from the garden of the castle he unleashes a fearsome Beast, who exacts a terrible forfeit: in return for the merchant’s life, he must send his daughter Belle to live in the castle. As the dazzlingly beautiful Belle prepares to meet her beastly captor, she is about to discover for herself the meaning of true love.
A beautiful girl, a hideous beast, a golden ballroom full of animals, two outrageously haughty sisters and a grumpy grandmother worthy of Roald Dahl, dance, prance and rage through the unfolding pages of Philip Prowse’s stunning storybook set of forests and castles, whilst David Bintley’s rich choreographic palette brings to life magical transformations, wild waltzes, soaring formations of birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful.
Weaving some delightful new twists into this timeless fable, David Bintley’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic family treat. With fairytale sets, amazing costumes and Glenn Buhr’s beautiful score, this is an unforgettable evening of entertainment for all ages.
Autumn Glory 22 – 25 JUNE
(Checkmate / Symphonic Variations / Pineapple Poll)
Three distinguished ballets from the heart of this country’s rich heritage continue the Company’s 2011/12 season at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Ninette de Valois’ choreography for Checkmate brings to life a dramatic and stylised war of lust, trickery and betrayal. A gallant Red Knight, devoted to his king, is seduced and destroyed by the ruthless Black Queen in this allegorical story of a game of chess between Love and Death. Left defenceless, the Red King is no match for the merciless Queen as she brings the full force of her weapons and her femininity to bear. Brimming over with classic 1930s style, truly inventive choreography, a powerful score from Sir Arthur Bliss, composer of the BBC Proms television theme, and iconic designs by E. McKnight Kauffer, Checkmate prophetically anticipated the merciless savagery of World War II. At nearly 75 years old, it is deservedly one of the earliest English ballets to still be in the repertory.
The pared-down purity of Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations showcases technically brilliant dance from a master choreographer. Danced to César Franck’s exquisitely concise Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, this ballet for six dancers is rightly hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces of English ballet.
Pineapple Poll is a Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired comic ballet, and is what a classic cartoon might look like if brought to life on stage! With the aid of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko, this is a spirited and altogether jolly piece that exudes life and colour. When the dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population swoon! Chief amongst them is Poll. Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the Potboy at a local inn, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, love-lorn ladies, all seeking the attentions of the admirable officer, who is unwittingly taking the town by storm. Wrapped up in his own little world, when will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice that half his crew have mysteriously shrunk and don’t seem very at home in their beards?
PERFORMANCE DIARY FOR THE 2011 BIRMINGHAM SUMMER SEASON
Beauty and the Beast
Birmingham Hippodrome: 28 September – 2 October
Autumn Glory (Checkmate / Symphonic Variations / Pineapple Poll)
Birmingham Hippodrome: 6 – 8 October