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An evening of premieres and a family favourite
Birmingham Royal Ballet will premiere a new work dedicated to Birmingham as part of a programme of dance to be performed live in June. City of a Thousand Trades celebrates the richly diverse cultural and industrial heritage of Birmingham, home of the world-renowned ballet company since 1990.

Commissioned as part of BRB's Ballet Now programme and produced in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre, City of a Thousand Trades is choreographed by Miguel Altunaga. Its music, composed by Mathias Coppens, is inspired by the city's soundscape, including its legacy as the birthplace of heavy metal.

Birmingham became known as the 'City of a Thousand Trades' at the height of Britain's Industrial Revolution when highly skilled workers and tradespeople migrated the city from across the globe and created a melting-pot of cultures.

Curated by Carlos
Curated by Carlos

The work forms part of a triple bill, Curated by Carlos, which will be performed at The Rep on June 10-12. The programme also features Imminent, a new work by Brazilian/British choreographer Daniela Cardim. Imminent focusses on the feeling that something significant is looming and change is imminent. As the climate changes and people become more polarised, a tipping-point is approaching and a window of opportunity opens.

Completing the triple bill will be the UK premiere of Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero's Chacona, set to music by J S Bach.

Curated by Carlos will be followed on June 18-26 by family favourite Cinderella, created by former BRB artistic director Sir David Bintley and set to Prokofiev's beautiful music. Specially adapted for The Rep, the production will feature a reduced score and staging amendments to allow for social distancing and performer bubbles.

BRB Cinderella

Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet Carlos Acosta said: "To be able to present work to audiences again this June will be a huge relief. We are already rehearsing and it is incredibly motivating and inspiring for the company to have this to look forward to and work hard towards in collaboration with Sean Foley and The Rep team. It is over a year since the theatres closed and a year later than planned that these two new works, which I am very excited about, will finally make their premieres. The programme illustrates what I want this company to be and highlights our commitment to diverse talent."

Artistic director of The Rep Sean Foley said: "To be re-opening our wonderful theatre this summer with an array of talent from across Birmingham and the world is thrilling. To have these very special performances from Birmingham Royal Ballet so soon after the first restrictions are lifted - and after so successfully starting our new collaboration during the long lockdown - is a wonderful testament to Birmingham's unique cultural spirit."

Tickets for Curated by Carlos (10-12 June) and Sir David Bintley's Cinderella (18-26 June) at Birmingham Repertory Theatre will go on priority sale to Birmingham Royal Ballet Friends and Rep Members from 12pm on Tuesday 13 April and to the public from 12pm on Friday 16 April. See for more information and to book tickets.
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Why? Ballet's back on stage
When: June 10-26
Phone: 0121 236 4455
Where: Birmingham Rep
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