BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S 2011 SUMMER SEASON BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S 2011 SUMMER SEASON

May 17, 2011

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BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S 2011 SUMMER SEASON

Peter Wright’s production of Coppélia

A mixed bill Passion and Ecstasy

Birmingham Royal Ballet is delighted to return to the Birmingham Hippodrome stage from 15 – 25 June.  The Company will perform its summer season in its home town with two programmes, Peter Wright’s famous production of Coppélia, and a mixed bill Passion and Ecstasy. Due to popular public demand an extra performance of Coppélia is added to the Birmingham season on Wednesday 15 June at 1pm.

COPPÉLIA                                                   

15 – 18 JUNE

First performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1995, Coppélia, created by Marius Petipa, one of the great 19th century classical choreographers enjoyed its world premiere in 1870 performed by the Paris Opéra Ballet.

Eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius wants to know what’s at the heart of a woman, and he’s planning to bring his mechanical doll, Coppélia, to life – he just needs the right spell.

When Dr Coppélius leaves Coppélia on his workshop balcony she’s soon causing quite a stir in the village. Particularly in the heart of red-blooded young lover Franz, and the jealous mind of his fiancée, Swanilda – who’s mistaken the mannequin for a crying, talking, sleeping, walking rival.

With a wild mix of abracadabra, and some mischievous maidens, comic chaos is riotously unleashed when humans and automatons collide in Dr Coppélius’s spooky toyshop.

Coppélia’s sparkling musical score was composed in 1870 by the great master Léo Delibes. It features well-loved classics such as the stirring Act 1 Mazurka and the grand Waltz of the Hours.  Peter Wright’s enchanting production of this joyous and witty ballet is an ever-popular celebration of love. With its breathtaking choreography Coppélia is guaranteed to lift the hearts of all the family.

PASSION AND ECSTASY                                                             

 22 – 25 JUNE

(Allegri diversi / Carmina burana)

Two ballets by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, David Bintley, round off the Company’s 2010/11 season at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Allegri diversi was choreographed for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1987, and was first performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2004. Full of quivering jumps and turns, dance phrases that freeze into glitteringly unpredictable poses and speeds that reach apparently impossible highs, Allegri diversi is a sparklingly energetic classical ballet to Rossini’s light, playful and bubbly score.

In Carmina burana, an encounter with the mind-blowing goddess Fortuna deals three seminarians a major lesson in the fickle nature of fate. Compelled to abandon their sacred studies to pursue a more sensual approach to life, forbidden pleasures and physical temptations quickly become the young men’s most eager areas of revision. Soon the young celebrants are soaring with passion, love and alcohol.  

Carmina burana is a thrilling large-scale production, made to Carl Orff’s rousing and emotionally charged choral tour de force- a feast in its own right. David Bintley’s breathtaking choreography for both ballets ensures an unforgettable experience. 

PERFORMANCE DIARY FOR THE 2011 BIRMINGHAM SUMMER SEASON

COPPÉLIA

Birmingham Hippodrome:       15 – 18 JUNE

PASSION AND ECSTASY (ALLEGRI DIVERSI/ CARMINA BURANA)

Birmingham Hippodrome:       22 – 25 JUNE

Venue and booking information:

Birmingham Hippodrome: Tickets: 0844 338 5000 and online via the Birmingham Hippodrome website.

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