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After previously making Dreams a reality twice in Birmingham, Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is taking its inspirational Dreams project on the road. This large-scale performance project offers a truly unique opportunity for ballet students of all ages to create lifelong memories performing on stage alongside some of BRB’s company dancers in a special public performance of a much-loved ballet.
This will be the third Dreams project run by BRB’s Learning, Engagement, Access and Participation team. This year’s Dreams takes on one of the best loved ballet tales, Swan Lake, inspired by the company’s production of the classic ballet in the Spring of 2020.
In 2020 Birmingham Royal Ballet celebrates its 30th anniversary and to mark this special occasion the Dreams project will for the first time take place outside Birmingham, with performances at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and the Theatre Royal, Plymouth. Dreams will also return for a third year to Birmingham Hippodrome, where the dancers will be joined by the talented undergraduate students of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Orchestra.
Swan Lake Dreams will be performed at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on Sunday 2nd February, Birmingham Hippodrome on Sunday 23rd February and Theatre Royal, Plymouth on Tuesday 31st March 2020
Auditions kick-started in June at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton and Theatre Royal, Plymouth earlier this month where hopeful students put their best foot forward and auditioned for a role. Budding dancers wanting to audition for the Birmingham production have until the 19th July to apply, with auditions taking place 22nd and 29th September.
Dreams will be a truly unique experience giving students from local dance schools the opportunity to train, rehearse and perform the iconic ballet Swan Lake in costume within the Swan Lake set alongside dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The project aims to develop talent and raise aspiration, primarily aimed at aged nine – 18, but with applications also open to people of all ages with ballet experience, it will inspire the participants and develop their technique and talent. Offering a fantastic opportunity that includes not only training with professional dancers but performing with them, it also enables the participants to work together, build trust and relationships and then showcase their achievements in a professional environment.
Dreams Project Co-ordinator Sophie Humphries said:
We were blown away by the talent we saw in Southampton and are looking forward to meeting everyone at the Birmingham auditions. We were particularly impressed with the older dancers, seeing participants up to the age of 72 with just as much talent and energy as the younger dancers! The Dreams project is one of the highlights of BRB’s year and we look forward to welcoming more talented dancers of all ages.”
A limited number of funded bursary places will be available to give opportunities to those who would otherwise be unable to apply.
Chosen participants will experience weekly classes with the team, as well as intensive rehearsal days with former professional BRB Company dancers.
To find out more information about applying for Swan Lake Dreams in Birmingham please visit to: brb.org.uk/dreams