September 24, 2012

Press Releases






OPPOSITES ATTRACT (Take Five / Lyric Pieces / Grosse Fuge)

Tue 23 Oct at 7.30pm & Wed 24 Oct at 2pm and 7.30pm

Autumn Celebration (The Grand Tour / Faster / The Dream)

Thurs 25 Oct at 7.30pm, Fri 26 Oct at 7.30pm and Sat 27 Oct at 2.30pm and 7.30pm


Sadler’s Wells booking information:

Tickets: 0844 412 4300


Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Sadler’s Wells from 23 – 27 October 2012 and will perform two triple bills. Opposites Attract will feature work by American choreographer Jessica Lang, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director David Bintley and Dutch choreographer Hans Van Manen. Autumn Celebration will highlight work by American director and choreographer Joe Layton, David Bintley’s Olympic-inspired ballet Faster receives its London premiere and The Royal Ballet’s founding choreographer Frederick Ashton’s The Dream unfolds on the London stage.


Opposites Attract                                                                             23 & 24 October 2012

(Lyric Pieces / Take Five / Grosse Fuge)


Take Five by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director David Bintley, invites you to share his love of jazz and, in particular, the music of Dave Brubeck. In homage to one of his heroes, he creates this sexy and energetic series of vignettes to some of Brubeck’s most famous tracks including, Take Five and Unsquare Dance. Bintley first choreographed Take Five in 1978 for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet and re-worked the piece for Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2007. Designs are by former BRB dancer-turned-designer Jean-Marc Puissant and lighting is by Peter Mumford.


Creating her first piece for a major European company, award-winning American choreographer, Jessica Lang crossed the Atlanticto make Lyric Pieces for the International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) in May 2012. The piece is co-commissioned by IDFB and Birmingham Royal Ballet and will receive itsLondon premiere during the Sadler’s Wells / BRB autumn season. Set to romantic musical miniatures by the Norwegian master Edvard Grieg, costumes are by Elena Comendador with lighting by Nicole Pearce.


One of Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen’s most famous works, Grosse Fuge is an invigorating and uplifting piece, which has lost none of its power since it was choreographed almost four decades ago. The tension is palpable as four men and four women take to the stage, their gazes never meeting. Bare-chested, the men enter into a stern and muscular display. Ripping the men’s skirts from them, the women meet them on equal terms, and the two groups engage in a ritualised dance of raw power and sexuality. Costumes by Hans van Manen with sets by Jean-Paul Vroom and lighting by Jan Hofstra.



AUTUMN CELEBRATION                                                                       25 – 27 October 2012

(The Grand Tour / Faster / The Dream)


A taste of Shakespeare, Noël Coward and Olympic dreams


All aboard for the roaring 20s! Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, Joe Layton’s The Grand Tour is a comical take on the eccentric celebrities that populated England’s stages, screens and newspapers in the 1920s. Setting out for Europe, our heroine, a doughty American spinster, can’t believe her luck when she embarks on her cruise and finds herself in the company of a feast of famous faces. However, it turns out that Noël Coward, Gertrude Stein and George Bernard Shaw, to name a few, aren’t necessarily the friendliest of shipmates. Add stowaways and a rather handsome Chief Steward into the mix and things might get a little… complicated. Accompanied by Hershy Kay’s unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs, lavish designs by John Conklin and lighting by Peter Teigen, the critically-acclaimed The Grand Tour makes a long-overdue return to the stage. Prior to recent BRB performances in summer 2012, The Grand Tour was last performed by Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in 1980.
Faster, a ballet inspired by the Olympic motto ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’ enjoyed its world premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome in June 2012. The Sadler’s Wells autumn season performances will mark the London premiere of Faster. After winning the last ever South Bank Show Dance award in 2010 with his award-winning E=mc², Company Director David Bintley and Australian composer Matthew Hindson embarked on a second collaboration for this ballet of speed, power and strength. With costumes designs by Becs Andrews and lighting by Peter Mumford, Faster is a fitting creation which celebrates athleticism following the triumphant London 2012 Olympic Games.


Autumn Celebration concludes with Frederick Ashton’s The Dream in which the course of true love never runs smoothly. Having argued with beautiful Queen Titania, Oberon, King of the fairies, seeks a suitable revenge. He orders the fairy Puck to transform a dopey local peasant into a donkey and cause Titania to fall in love with it. This he does, but things soon get out of hand – over-use of the love potion pits friend against friend and hilariously embroils four poor mortals in the fairies’ games. Mendelssohn’s instantly recognisable music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, arranged by John Lanchbery, becomes the basis for Ashton’s elfin comedy, while costumes by Peter Farmer and lighting by John B. Read set the scene as Ashton’s mastery of dance, theatre and humour unfold.

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