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Birmingham Royal Ballet Autumn Season at Birmingham Hippodrome

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Ballet Black to feature in new season
A dance partnership with Ballet Black and classic favourites of Giselle and The Nutcracker are among the highlights of Birmingham Royal Ballet's Autumn Season.

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A Ballet Black collaboration is part of the new season


Latest performances by Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) at Birmingham Hippodrome until the end of the year are being described as a "bridge season" to take the company up to the arrival it is new director, Carlos Acosta, in January.

Mixed Bill

The season starts with the Mixed Bill that features three short dances from September 19 to 21. It includes a world premiere of the latest Ballet Now commission called A Brief Nostalgia.

This has been created by rising young choreographer and Queensland Ballet dancer Jack Lister and is accompanied by a new score by award-winning Scottish composer Tom Harrold, who has composed a piece for ballet for the first time.

Ballet Black, which appeared alongside Stormzy at Glastonbury this summer, will perform a second performance of The Suit. This is an acclaimed dance production by Cathy Marston that is inspired by Can Themba's South African fable.

Cassa Pancho MBE, who is Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Black, said she was thrilled that Ballet Black would be joining Birmingham Royal Ballet for a mixed programme she described as "exciting".

"It's a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with one of the most established British ballet companies, and for our own brilliant dancers to work alongside the world-class talent at BRB," added Cassa.

While the final routine of the trio is BRB's dancers performing the famous Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp.

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The popular Nine Sinatra Songs is on the Mixed Bill


The routine is a glamorous portrait of seven couples that traces the arc of romantic relationships. Nine Sinatra Songs is one of Tharp's most frequently performed works and has become an international, crowd-pleasing favourite.

Giselle

Outgoing BRB director David Bintley is honoured with his version of Giselle brought back to stage in Birmingham from September 25 to 28. Bintley created the production with Galina Samsova 20 years ago and it has stood the test of time with hauntingly beautiful choreography.

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The haunting tale of Giselle returns


BRB Principal dancers Momoko Hirata and César Morales will star on the opening night as the eponymous heroine and her anti-hero Count Albrecht in the ballet that features Adolphe Adam's original score. It will be performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

The story follows Giselle, who is madly in love with Loys, but his real name is Count Albrecht and he is actually betrothed to another. When Giselle discovers his secret, she is heartbroken and takes her own life. A remorseful Albrecht visits her grave but has to face the bitter ghosts of jilted brides and needs Giselle's help from beyond the grave.

The Nutcracker

It wouldn't be Christmas in Birmingham without the enchanting BRB annual revival of The Nutcracker. This sumptuous version by Sir Peter Wright is lavish, emotive and breathtaking to watch.

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A festive delight with The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker will be performed at Birmingham Hippodrome from November 22 to December 14.

The Nutcracker transports the audience from a Victorian Christmas party to a magical world under a giant Christmas trees amid dancing snowflakes, an army of rats and fairies.

After Birmingham, the magic of the show continues at the Royal Albert Hall in London from December 28 to 31 December complete with projections from 59 Productions and Simon Callow as the voice of Drosselmeyer.
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Why? Romantic and exciting new ballet season featuring Ballet Black
When: September 19 - December 14, 2019
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham
Cost: From £14
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