Birmingham Royal Ballet’s mid-scale tour 2011

February 7, 2011

Ballet, Press Releases

Media release: Monday 7 February 2011

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S MID-SCALE TOUR 2011… THE COMPANY AND ROYAL BALLET SINFONIA SPLIT IN HALF!

Birmingham Royal Ballet continues with its policy of presenting its diverse repertory to the widest possible audience into 2011.  From April 19 – 23, the Company will once again split into two, with half of the Company and Royal Ballet Sinfonia travelling to the south-west of the country and the remaining half travelling to the north-east. 

The split-tour initiative, now in its eighth year, enables the Company to present full-scale works, with orchestral accompaniment, in mid-scale venues not normally associated with a Company of this size.  2011 and the split tour will see the Company perform in Yeovil and Truro in the south-west and Durham and York in the north-east.  The works to be performed have been carefully chosen to demonstrate the versatility of Birmingham Royal Ballet, a company now firmly recognised as a major international force in the world of classical dance.

South-West tour spring 2011:         Allegri diversi / Classical ballet excerpts

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil                               19 – 20 April 2011

Hall for Cornwall, Truro                               22 – 23 April 2011

This programme presents Allegri diversi, choreographed by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s award-winning Director, David Bintley, alongside excerpts from some of the world famous classical ballets with which Birmingham Royal Ballet has made its name.

Allegri diversi

Full of quivering jumps and turns, dance phrases that freeze into unpredictable poses, and speeds that reach impressive highs, Allegri diversi is an energetic classical ballet to Rossini’s bubbly score with choreography by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director David Bintley. Allegri diversi, first performed by Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet, received its world premiere in 1987 and was first performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2004.

Bite-size ballet

Some of the best bits from the Company’s current repertory: Titania and Oberon’s romantic pas de deux from Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, an excerpt from Act I of one of the great 19th-century comedies, Petipa and Delibes’ Coppélia (production by Peter Wright), the stunning, virtuoso grand pas de deux from the greatest of all classical ballets, Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty (production by Peter Wright) and an excerpt from Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée.

North-East tour spring 2011:          Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / Classical ballet excerpts

Gala Theatre, Durham                                  19 – 20 April 2011

Theatre Royal, York                                      22 – 23 April 2011

This programme presents Slaughter on Tenth Avenue from one of the great 20th-century choreographers, George Balanchine, Act II from Peter Wright’s production of Coppélia and excerpts from the company’s rich and varied classical repertory.

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Created by great ballet choreographer George Balanchine for the musical On Your Toes, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue is a crazy 1930s comedy.  After discovering that a hit-man in the audience is to shoot him as soon as his stage routine is over, a luckless leading man has no option but to extend his frantic solo until the cops arrive.  Music by the great Richard Rodgers completes this theatrical extravaganza.

Coppélia ACT II
The second act of this heart-warming classic takes us inside Dr Coppélius’s house.  Swanilda and her friends have broken in to discover the identity of the mysterious girl on the balcony. Hilarity and drama ensue as Dr Coppélius tries to steal Swanilda’s boyfriend’s soul to bring the girl, revealed as a doll, to life. On the spur of the moment, Swanilda tricks him into believing it has worked by impersonating the doll herself.  Choreography is by Marius Petipa, Enrico Cecchetti and Peter Wright.  

Bite-size ballet

Three more best bits from the Company’s current repertory: the astoundingly beautiful pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto with music by Shostakovich, the hilarious clog dance from Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée, and the stunning, virtuoso grand pas de deux from the greatest of all classical ballets, Petipa and Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty (production by Peter Wright).

 South tour venues

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil 19 – 20 April 2011 – Box Office: 01935 422 884

Hall for Cornwall, Truro 22 – 23 April 2011Box Office: 01872 262466

Repertory:

Allegri Diversi

The Dream Pas de Deux

Coppélia Act 1 excerpt

The Sleeping Beauty Act 3 Pas de Deux

La Fille mal gardée excerpt

North tour venues

Gala Theatre, Durham 19 – 20 April 2011 – Box Office: 0191 332 4041

Theatre Royal, York 22 – 23 April 2011- Box Office: 01904 623568

Repertory: 

Slaughter on Tenth Avenue

Coppélia Act 2

Concerto Pas de Deux

La Fille mal gardée Clogs

The Sleeping Beauty Act 3 Pas de Deux

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