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!