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Author:  David [ Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14

Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14 season details announced

Birmingham Royal Ballet has released details of its Birmingham dates and repertory for 2013-14.

Two programmes stand out, the first being David Bintley's reworking of "The Prince of the Pagodas", a classic story of family love. The ballet tells the story of the Princess Sakura who mourns the death of her brother and the slow disintegration of her once all-powerful father the Emperor of the Chrysanthemum Throne, who, broken by the death of his son, allows his new wife to take control of his kingdom. Presented with a choice of four powerful and wealthy husbands, Sakura’s memories of the true love she once felt for her brother gives her the courage to refuse her suitors. Her resolve is reinforced when a fifth suitor arrives at the palace – a scaly Salamander, both fascinating and repellent. Determined not to be forced to follow her stepmother’s bidding, Princess Sakura throws herself on the mercy of the new arrival. After a long and dangerous journey they arrive at the Salamander’s kingdom, but Sakura’s adventure has only just begun. Well received when premiered by the National Ballet of Japan in 2011, the production features costumes from War Horse designer Rae Smith.

The season opens with a triple bill of David Bintley from the past 25 years works under the title, "Penguin Café". This will celebrate some of David Bintley's most popular, innovative and best-loved shorter works from the last 25 years. The Autumn season then continues with the ever popular "The Sleeping Beauty". Continuing the alternating of Christmas programmes, next season sees the return of Peter Wright's production of "The Nutcracker."

The Spring triple bill features three witty classics from three masters of choreography: John Cranko, George Balanchine and Kenneth MacMillan: "Card Game", "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" and "Elite Syncopations". This is followed by Bintley's new "Pagodas".

The second stand-out programme comes in summer 2014, with the triple bill "Darkness and Light". This features three wonderful early works from Frederick Ashton: the hugely atmospheric "Dante Sonata", created at the height of World War II; his 1933 ballet "Les Rendezvous" and his equally early but still fun "Façade". The season concludes on an appopriately summery note with "Fille".

Birmingham dates and repertory:

Penguin Café
Tombeaux / E=mc² / ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café: 3 – 5 October 2013

The Sleeping Beauty: 8 – 12 October 2013

The Nutcracker: 22 Nov – 12 Dec 2013

Three of a Kind
Card Game / Slaughter on Tenth Avenue / Elite Syncopations: 19 – 22 February 2014

The Prince of the Pagodas: 25 Feb –1 March 2014

Darkness and Light
Dante Sonata / Les Rendezvous / Façade: 4 – 7 June 2014

La Fille mal gardée: 11 – 15 June 2014

Autumn 2013 tour dates confirmed to date:

The Lowry, Salford: 25 – 28 Sep, The Sleeping Beauty
Sadler’s Wells, London: 15 & 16 Oct, Penguin Café etc; 17 – 19 Oct, The Sleeping Beauty
Sunderland Empire Theatre: 24 – 26 October, The Sleeping Beauty
Theatre Royal Plymouth: 29 & 30 Oct, Penguin Café etc; 31 Oct – 2 Nov, The Sleeping Beauty

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14

Ismene Brown reports on the 2013-14 season announcement for the Arts Desk.

Arts Desk

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:10 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14

In the Telegraph, Mark Monahan reviews the October 3, 2013 performance of a David Bintley triple bill of "Tombeaux," "E=mc2" and "Still Life at the Penguin Cafe" at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Telegraph

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:49 am ]
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Kerry Assinder reviews "The Sleeping Beauty" at the Birmingham Hippodrome for the Coventry Telegraph.

Coventry Telegraph

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:25 pm ]
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Reviews of the David Bintley triple bill of "E=mc2," "Tombeaux" and "Still Life at the Penguin Cafe" at London's Sadler's Wells on October 15, 2013.

Judith Flanders for the Arts Desk.

Arts Desk

Lise Smith for Londonist.

Londonist

Judith Mackrell for the Guardian.

Guardian

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:30 pm ]
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Judith Flanders reviews the October 17, 2013 performance of "The Sleeping Beauty" at Sadler's Wells for the Arts Desk.

Arts Desk

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:20 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14

Paul Vallely reviews "Prince of the Pagodas" at the Lowry in Salford for the Independent.

Independent

Judith Mackrell reviews the same production for the Guardian.

Guardian

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Sun Apr 27, 2014 1:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14

In the Observer, Luke Jennings reviews a triple bill at the Crescent Theatre in Birmingham on Thursday, April 24, 2014. The programme: Kit Holder's "Quatrain," Alexander Whitley's "Kin" and Ashton's "Les Rendezvous."

The Observer

Hanna Welbye reviews the same program for The Arts Desk.

The Arts Desk

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Mon Apr 28, 2014 11:24 am ]
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In the Guardian, David Jays reviews "Quatrain," "Kin" and Ashton's "Facade."

The Guardian

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14

Reviews of "Darkness and Light," a triple bill of Sir Frederick Ashton's "Les Rendezvous," "Dante Sonata" and "Facade" at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Paul Marston for the Birmingham Mail.

Birmingham Mail

Roslyn Sulcas reviews the same program for the New York Times.

NY Times

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Jun 12, 2014 12:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Birmingham Royal Ballet 2013-14

Reviews of Ashton's "La fille map gardee" at the Birmingham Hippodrome on June 11, 2014.

Mark Monahan for The Telegraph.

The Telegraph

Richard Edmonds for the Birmingham Post.

Birmingham Post

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:09 pm ]
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Louise Levene reviews "La fille mal gardee" for the Financial Times.

Financial Times

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