Birmingham Royal Ballet News | A guest appearance and a new work

February 9, 2012

Press Releases

The Royal Ballet’s Soloist Alexander Campbell returns to Birmingham Royal Ballet, for one week only, to dance the role of Will Mossop in David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice

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Alexander Campbell Photograph Andrew Ross

One year after Alexander Campbell made his debut as Will Mossop for Birmingham Royal Ballet, during the company’s International tour to Hong Kong, The Royal Ballet’s Soloist returns to Birmingham Royal Ballet for one week as a Guest Artist and will once again dance the lead role in David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice.  Campbell can be seen dancing the role of Will Mossop during the Hobson’s Choice run at Birmingham Hippodrome between 22 to 25 February 2012 (his performance dates still to be announced).

Alexander Campbell was born in Sydney, Australia, and trained at Academy Ballet, Sydney, and the Royal Ballet School before joining Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2005; First Artist, 2006; Soloist 2007; First Soloist 2009. He danced the role of Mercutio for the Ballet Hoo! production of Romeo and Juliet on Channel 4 in September 2006.Campbell left Birmingham Royal Ballet in July 2011 to join The Royal Ballet as a Soloist.

Read Alexander Campbell in Cupcakes & Conversation

Birmingham Royal Ballet announces third piece to be performed as part of a triple bill at the International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012

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Kit Holder Photograph : John Ross

Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Kit Holder is creating a new ballet called 9 – 5 for the Company as part of 2012’s International Dance Festival Birmingham.

This is Holder’s second commission for Birmingham Royal Ballet, following his 2007 Kandinsky-inspired piece, Small Worlds.

The new work will expand upon his own hugely popular four-minute ballet, Printer Jam, to music by drum’n’bass producer Mistabishi. Created as part of a 2010 Company Choreographics project, in which dancers are invited to present pieces of their own devising, Printer Jam was subsequently included in the Company’s 20th Anniversary Royal Gala, and at the launch of the 2010 Drum’n’Bass awards in Birmingham.

Speaking of the new commission, Kit said: ‘The initial success of Printer Jam was down to the unusual combination of Drum’n’Bass and classical ballet. The problem with extending that concept from that four-minute duet into a much longer piece is that modern music of that style is short and immediate. The pop format doesn’t require the same development that you’d traditionally associate with dance on stage – it’s just three minutes, with the choruses repeated as many times as you can. So the challenge has been to extend the ideas of Printer Jam into a full-length piece, while overcoming the same limitations that have been applied to the format of the music.

‘I’m now looking at a 20 or 25 minute work, and while that gives the dance more time to develop, it’s also more time to sustain.’

The work will be presented 3-4 May 2012 as part of a programme of three one-act ballets at The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. The other works being performed are Take Five, with choreography by Company Director David Bintley and music by jazz icon Dave Brubeck, and brand-new work Lyric Pieces, being created especially for the festival by New York-based choreographer Jessica Lang.

Watch Kit Holder talk about Printer Jam

Read Kit Holder in Cupcakes & Conversation

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