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:
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
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