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Birmingham Royal Ballet visit one of the best theatres to see ballet and dance in the country - the Lowry's Lyric Theatre in Salford Quays. In particular, those who like watching ballet from above will have a ball, as at The Lowry the First Circle gives wonderful sight lines and is close to the stage, being above row 12 or so of the stalls.
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<small>Birmingham Royal Ballet's "Coppelia"</small>
First up is Sir Peter Wright's "Coppelia" from 21-23 January. Details of the Lowry performances can be found here
Here is a preview "did you know" about "Coppelia": Coppelia revealed
from Manchester online
A FEW things you might well not know about Sir Peter Wright's spectacular Birmingham Royal Ballet production of Coppelia include:
Coppelia has a cast of more than 60 and more than 120 hand-sewn costumes which are dry-cleaned before every season at the cost of £4,000-£5,000. The preparation of the costumes can begin six to seven weeks before opening night. In December last year, the costumes used in this production were appearing on stage nightly in Buenos Aires as they had been leased to a ballet company in Argentina.
Coppelia was originally created in 1870 and Birmingham Royal Ballet's current production of the world-famous ballet received its premiere on March 3, 1995 at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The first night cast consisted of Sandra Madgwick, as Swanilda, and Sergiu Pobereznic and her fiance Franz. Sergiu is still with the company as a principal dancer. click for more
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<small>Birmingham Royal Ballet's "Way out West" triple bill</small>
More interesting for this ballet watcher is the triple bill of Fancy Free (Robbins) / Western Symphony (Balnchine) / Concert Fantasy (Bintley) from 25-25 January. More details can be found here
Manchester online has an interview with the wonderful Robert Parker: Robert takes lead in Ballet’s Lowry return
from Manchester online
THE Birmingham Royal Ballet are returning to the north west with two programmes at the Lowry.
Sir Peter Wright’s highly-acclaimed production of Coppelia is followed by Way Out West! which includes two great American classics - Fancy Free, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, and the George Balanchine-choreographed Western Symphony - as well as a new ballet, called Concert Fantasy, choreographed by the BRB's David Bintley.
Taking the lead in both is principal dancer Robert Parker, who joined the Manchester Evening News Theatre Award-winning company in 1994.
To him, there isn’t really a different approach to preparing for a new piece than a popular classic such as Coppelia. click for more
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