BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S MID-SCALE TOUR

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S MUCH-LOVED MID-SCALE TOUR

CELEBRATES ITS 12th SEASON in 2015

Celebrating the 12th season of its much-loved mid-scale theatre tour initiative, Birmingham Royal Ballet continues with its policy of presenting its diverse repertory to the widest possible audience from 19 to 30 May 2015. The Company will once again split into two, half of the Company and Royal Ballet Sinfonia travelling to the south of the country and the remaining half travelling to the north.

 

The split-tour initiative enables Birmingham Royal Ballet to present full-scale works, with orchestral accompaniment, in mid-scale venues not normally associated with a Company of its size. 2015 and the split tour will see Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia perform in Cheltenham, Poole, Truro, High Wycombe, Nottingham, York, Durham and Shrewsbury.

 

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.

 

North split tour 2015                                     Les Rendezvous / Kin. / Elite Syncopations

 

Grand Opera House, York                   19 – 20 May 2015

Theatre Royal, Nottingham                   22 – 23 May 2015

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury             26 – 27 May 2015

Gala Durham                       29 – 30 May 2015

This breathtaking programme presents works by two of the greats of British ballet, Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan, alongside a powerful work from upcoming choreographer Alexander Whitley, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. A huge hit when it was first performed in 1933, Les Rendezvous was the first ballet in which Ashton put aside the comedy for which he was known and concentrated on pure technique. Loosely based around a group of friends meeting up in a park, the ballet is a series of fiercely difficult divertissements which give the whole cast the chance to show off their virtuosity.

Kin. is an exciting ballet from Royal Opera House Choreographic Affiliate, Sadler’s Wells New Wave Associate and former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Alexander Whitley. The ballet, to music by American composer Phil Kline, received its premiere at the 2014 International Dance Festival Birmingham.

A completely stripped back theatre bursts into life as dancers in brilliantly coloured costumes gather for a dance competition. An equally vibrant rag-time band play old favourites from Scott Joplin and his contemporaries to accompany a string of sketches, spanning the dazzling, the witty and the touching, as each dancer at the competition takes their turn. One of his best-loved creations, Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations is certain to leave you smiling.

South split-tour 2015                                                Quatrain / Ballet Highlights / Matryoshka / Façade

Hall for Cornwall, Truro                     19 – 20 May 2015

The Lighthouse, Poole                  22 – 23 May 2015

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham                26 – 27 May 2015

Swan Theatre, High Wycombe                29 – 30 May 2015

This breathtaking programme presents an exciting, energetic work from Company dancer and choreographer Kit Holder and an early hit ballet by Sir Frederick Ashton, alongside thrilling excerpts from some of the world-famous classics with which Birmingham Royal Ballet has made its name, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

Inspired by the fantastically exciting and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Quatrain is Soloist Kit Holder’s third ballet for the Company.

Birmingham Royal Ballet once again performs a selection of stunning excerpts from some of the world’s best-loved ballets. This year’s excerpts are:

Swan Lake: pas de quatre

Beauty and the Beast: Act I pas de deux 

Matryoshka is an exciting new ballet from Company dancer Ruth Brill which received its premiere at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in January this year.

Finally, based on Edith Sitwell’s deliciously nonsensical poetry, Façade embraces the fun of it all with whole-hearted and willful abandon. Be entertained by a series of delightful characters dancing tangos, foxtrots and waltzes, all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Choreographed in 1931, Façade was Sir Frederick Ashton’s first big hit, and is full of the gently comedy he is known and loved for- an enjoyable break from the sanity of everyday life!

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S MUCH-LOVED MID-SCALE ‘SPLIT-TOUR’ CELEBRATES ITS 10th SEASON in 2013

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S MUCH-LOVED MID-SCALE ‘SPLIT-TOUR’ CELEBRATES ITS 10th SEASON in 2013

Celebrating the 10th season of its much-loved mid-scale theatre ‘split-tour’ initiative, Birmingham Royal Ballet continues with its policy of presenting its diverse repertory to the widest possible audience from 10th  – 22nd May 2013. The Company will once again split into two, half of the Company and Royal Ballet Sinfonia travelling to the south and west of the country and the remaining half travelling to the north and east.

 

The split-tour initiative enables the Company to present full-scale works, with orchestral accompaniment, in mid-scale venues not normally associated with a Company of its size. 2013 and the split tour will see Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia perform in Cheltenham, Poole, Truro, High Wycombe, Nottingham, York, Durham and Buxton.

 

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.

North-East split-tour 2013   

Take Five / Bitesized ballet excerpts / Grand Tour

Theatre Royal Nottingham                                         10 – 11 May 2013

York Theatre Royal                                                    14 – 15 May 2013

Durham Gala                                                              17 – 18 May 2013

Buxton Opera House                                        21 – 22 May 2013
This programme presents a work from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s award-winning Director, alongside one from a master of the Broadway stage, and excerpts from some of the world-famous classics with which the Company has made its name, all performed to live music from members of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

A great lover of jazz, Take Five is Company Director David Bintley’s light-hearted jazz creation. Set to the iconic music of the legendary Dave Brubeck, this laid-back, elegant ballet takes life calmly in its stride. Take Five Music Dave Brubeck Choreography David Bintley Designs Jean Marc Puissant Lighting Peter Mumford.

Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, American Joe Layton’s The Grand Tour is a funny take on the eccentric celebrities that populated England’s stages, screens and newspapers in the 1920s, accompanied by unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs. The Grand Tour Music Noël Coward Freely adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay Choreography Joe Layton Designs John Conklin Lighting Peter Teigen.

As part of the evening, Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform a selection of Bitesized ballet excerpts from some of the world’s best-loved ballets, including excerpts from Giselle Act II and The Dream. Popular Song, Foxtrot and Tango from the ballet Façade will also be performed.

South-West split-tour 2013                            Lyric Pieces / Bitesized ballet excerpts / Pineapple Poll

Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham                                10 – 11 May 2013

The Lighthouse, Poole                                               14 – 15 May 2013

Hall for Cornwall, Truro                                            17 – 18 May 2013

Swan Theatre, High Wycombe                                  21 – 22 May 2013
This programme presents a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces, and excerpts from some of Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s favourite ballets. Musicians of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia will perform live music during the evening.

Lyric Pieces is from award-winning American choreographer Jessica Lang. Set to romantic piano miniatures by Edvard Grieg, this was Lang’s first work for a major European company and world premiered during the International Dance Festival Birmingham in May 2012. Lyric Pieces has been nominated in this year’s Manchester Theatre Awards for Dance. Lyric Pieces Music Edvard Grieg Choreography Jessica Lang Costumes Elena Comendador Lighting Nicole Pearce.

Pineapple Poll – What might a classic cartoon 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 your opportunity to find out. 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? Pineapple Poll Music Arthur Sullivan Arranged by Charles Mackerras Choreography John Cranko Designs Osbert Lancaster Lighting Neil Austin.

The evening continues with ‘Bitesized ballet’ excerpts including the Peasant pas de deux from Giselle Act I and excerpts from Don Quixote, Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice and MacMillan’s Pavane pas de deux.

Venues, performance dates and ticket office information:

 

Theatre Royal Nottingham                 10 – 11 May 2013                    0115 989 5555

York Theatre Royal                            14 – 15 May 2013                    01904 623568

Durham Gala                                      17 – 18 May 2013                    0191 332 4041

Buxton Opera House                         21 – 22 May 2013                    0845 127 2190

Everyman Theatre                              10 – 11 May 2013                    01242 572573

The Lighthouse                                  14 – 15 May 2013                    0844 406 8666

Hall for Cornwall                               17 – 18 May 2013                    01872 262466

Swan Theatre                                      21 – 22 May 2013                    01494 512000

BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S MID-SCALE TOUR 2012

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BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S MID-SCALE TOUR 2012

 

COMPANY AND ROYAL BALLET SINFONIA SPLIT IN HALF TO PERFORM IN MID-SCALE VENUES ACROSS THE UK

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Birmingham Royal Ballet continues with its policy of presenting its diverse repertory to the widest possible audience into 2012.  From May 8 – 16, the Company will once again split into two, with half of the Company and Royal Ballet Sinfonia travelling to the south and west of the country and the remaining half travelling to the north and east.

 

The split-tour initiative, now in its ninth 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.  2012 and the split tour will see the Company perform in Poole and Truro in the south and west and Durham,York and Buxton in the north and 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 2012:                      

Take Five / Concerto: Pas de deux / Swan Lake: White Swan pas de deux / The Two Pigeons: excerpt / The Grand Tour

 

The Lighthouse, Poole                       8 – 9 May 2012

 

Hall for Cornwall, Truro                      11 – 12 May 2012

 

This breathtaking programme presents a work from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s award-winning Director, alongside one from a master of the Broadway stage, and thrilling excerpts from some of the world-famous classics with which Birmingham Royal Ballet has made its name.

Take Five

A great lover of jazz, Take Five is Company Director David Bintley’s latest jazz creation. Set to the iconic music of the legendary Dave Brubeck, this light hearted, laid-back, elegant ballet takes life calmly in its stride.

 

Bitesized ballet

After the success of the classic excerpts on last year’s tour, Birmingham Royal Ballet presents highlights from three more of the world’s greatest ballets. First is the beautiful pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Concerto. Then, in the White Swan pas de deux from the greatest of all classical ballets, Swan Lake, a love-struck Odette and Prince Siegfried dance the night away in each others arms. We follow this with an excerpt from the most romantic of Frederick Ashton’s works, The Two Pigeons. The ballet tells the tale of a frustrated fiancé’s flight from the nest and his eventual return to the arms of his tearful lover.

 

The Grand Tour

All aboard for the roaring 20s! Setting out for Europe, our heroine, a spirited 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 but 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.

Choreographer of many films and hit Broadway shows, American Joe Layton’s The Grand Tour is a genuinely funny take on the eccentric celebrities that populated England’s stages, screens and newspapers in the 1920s, accompanied by unique orchestral renditions of Noël Coward songs.

North-East tour spring 2012:        

Lyric Pieces / Pineapple Poll / Hobson’s Choice: Clog Dance and Lily of Laguna / Elite Syncopations: Bethena Concert Waltz / Don Quixote: Pas de deux


Gala Theatre, Durham                       8 – 9 May 2012

 

Theatre Royal, York                                     11 – 12 May 2012

 

Buxton Opera House                           15 – 16 May 2012

 

This remarkable programme presents a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside a brand-new ballet, and exhilarating excerpts from some world-famous classics.
Lyric Pieces

An exciting new work from award-winning American choreographer, Jessica Lang. Set to romantic piano miniatures by Edvard Grieg, this is her first work for a major European company.

 

Pineapple Poll
What might a classic cartoon 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 your opportunity to find out.

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, lovelorn 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?

 

Bite-sized ballet

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents three more highlights from some of our best-loved ballets. The Clog Dance and Lily of Laguna pas de deux from Company Director David Bintley’s Hobson’s Choice is a funny and warming peek into the lives of two unlikely lovers. This is followed by the ‘Bethena Concert Waltz’ from Kenneth MacMillan’s comic ragtime ballet, Elite Syncopations. The programme finishes with the stunning, virtuoso pas de deux from Marius Petipa’s great classic, Don Quixote.

Ballet Event listings

South tour venues

The Lighthouse, Poole 8 – 9 May 2012 – Box Office: 0844 406 8666

Hall for Cornwall, Truro 11 – 12 May 2012Box Office: 01872 262466

Repertory:

Take Five

Concerto Pas de deux

Swan Lake White Swan pas de deux

The Two Pigeons excerpt

The Grand Tour

North tour venues

 

Gala Theatre, Durham 8 – 9 May 2012 – Box Office: 0191 332 4041

Theatre Royal, York 11 – 12 May 2012- Box Office: 01904 623568

Buxton Opera House 15 – 16 May 2012- Box Office: 0845 127 2190

Repertory: 

Lyric Pieces

Pineapple Poll

Hobson’s Choice Clog Dance and Lily of Laguna

Elite Syncopations Bethena Concert Waltz

Don Quixote Pas de deux