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Matthew Lawrence

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, [...]

Dancing in the Moonlight

by Linda on December 2, 2010

David Bintley‘s new Cinderella for Birmingham Royal Ballet opens with a funeral: Cinderella’s mother has just died and we get a glimpse at the woman who is to become her stepmother. As she consoles Cinderella’s father her two daughters gaze at our young heroine. Fast forward many years and we see an older Cinderella now curled [...]

Ready to Start

by Emilia & Linda on October 20, 2010

Last week we attended Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s week-long season at Sadler’s Wells. They brought to London two different autumn bills: Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet and Pointes of View, with works by MacMillan, Balanchine and Twyla Tharp. Each Bag Lady caught up with one program. Linda on Romeo & Juliet: Having seen Romeo and Juliet [...]

Supermassive Black Hole

by Linda on September 27, 2009

It is interesting to discover how choreographers find inspiration for a new piece and how they bring their ideas alive through dance. When David Bintley first announced he would do a ballet inspired by a physics equation, E=mc2, many were puzzled. How could Bintley turn an abstract mathematical statement into a ballet? Using David Bodanis‘s [...]