BRB in Rehearsal for David Bintley’s Faster

We recently dropped by Birmingham to catch Director David Bintley in action, rehearsing the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet for his new Olympics-inspired ballet Faster.

David’s piece is being unveiled as part of Summer Celebration, a mixed bill that also includes The Grand Tour and Ashton’s The Dream. Faster features a brand new score by renowned Australian composer Matthew Hindson who last teamed up with David for the brilliant E=mc². Their new collaboration is inspired by the Olympic motto, Faster, Higher, Stronger but, according to Bintley, “without being too literal”.

We had the opportunity to sneak a peek at the exciting finale, a crescendo-like marathon, where dancers run as if trying to reach the finishing line, here interspersed with candid shots of the dancers recovering after giving it their all:

(Click on thumbnails to enlarge & see as slideshow)

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All photos by The Ballet Bag ©

Birmingham Royal Ballet presents Faster (as part of the Summer Celebration mixed bill) at the Hippodrome from 27 to 30 June 2012. For tickets & booking visit the BRB website.


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