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It’s a great time for Petipa here in the UK, as last week’s crop of ballets shows: The Royal Ballet’s Don Quixote was broadcast to cinemas, English National Ballet’s brand new Le Corsaire premiered at Milton Keynes (stay tuned for our review soon), while Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of 19th century balletic blockbuster, The Sleeping Beauty, made a welcome [...]

Birmingham Royal Ballet Presents Aladdin

by Emilia & Linda on March 20, 2013

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s new Aladdin has its London premiere this evening. The newest family-friendly ballet to hit town, David Bintley’s new production aims to attract audiences of all ages by working with a well-known story, high production values, catchy tunes and the full company on display. A co-production with Houston Ballet, Aladdin has designs by Dick Bird and costumes [...]

The autumn dance season is always a welcome opportunity to catch up with Birmingham Royal Ballet at Sadler’s Wells. In the past couple of years the company has brought us well-rounded mixed bills, typically offering us a taste of ballets that are unique or rare in these shores. Last year BRB literally answered our prayers, [...]

Lyric Pieces

by Emilia & Linda on September 10, 2012

“My creative process is the same no matter the genre of dancer I am working with, but the outcome of what I make and the movement I make is very different because ballet dancers and modern dancers are still very far apart in their esthetics”. Jessica Lang From the use of both ballet and modern [...]

BRB in Rehearsal for David Bintley’s Faster

by Emilia & Linda on June 27, 2012

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 [...]

Brian Mengini: London Calling

by Brian on May 31, 2012

As the UK prepares to celebrate the Jubilee, guest blogger Brian Mengini reflects on how crowdfunding via Kickstarter – and quite a bit of networking – helped turn his dream photo trip to London into a reality. Lookout for an exclusive photo print giveaway at the end of this feature As we entered 2011, I [...]