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Birmingham Royal Ballet’s May residency at Birmingham Rep
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February 2022: Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) is delighted to announce that tickets will go on general sale on Friday 18th February for the company’s residency at The Rep in central Birmingham from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th May.
The residency continues the company’s ongoing partnership with the theatre, created by BRB’s Director Carlos Acosta and The Rep’s Artistic Director, Sean Foley in 2020, to help revive the city’s cultural life following lockdown.
We are delighted to have forged such an exciting and dynamic new artistic relationship with Birmingham Royal Ballet over the last year, and now look forward to welcoming our City partners back to our epic and intimate main stage for a season that celebrates some of the very best new work from this magnificent Company.”
The inaugural performances at The Rep took place in October 2020 with the world premiere of Lazuli Sky by Will Tuckett, marking the reopening of The REP and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s return to live performances. This was followed in June 2021 with the world premiere of City of a Thousand Trades commissioned by Carlos Acosta and choreographed by Miguel Altunaga. Birmingham Royal Ballet and The REP also collaborated on specially adapted seasons of Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker and Sir David Bintley’s Cinderella during 2020 and 2021.
The week-long residency in May 2022 will feature performances aimed at all ages including a showcase of new choreographic talent, performances by BRB’s world-class dancers, a special performance for those new to ballet accompanied with live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Dance Track 25 (8th May)
The company opens its residency at The Rep on Sunday 8th May with Dance Track 25 marking the 25th anniversary of the talent development scheme featuring Dance Track alumni and students at the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School.
Dance Track 25 also features performances by BRB Principals Céline Gittens and Brandon Lawrence who will be co-hosting alongside BRB Board member Shireenah Ingram. Dance Track 25 is generously supported by HSBC UK.
New Dance Now (10th May)
Dance Track 25 is followed on Tuesday 10th May by New Dance Now, a showcase of new choreographic talent. This special evening will feature brand new work by a new generation of young upcoming choreographers from the UK’s leading ballet companies.
At the end of this exciting evening, the audience will be invited to vote for their favourite choreographic star.
An Evening of Music and Dance (13th and 14th May)
The residency continues Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May with An Evening of Music and Dance with performances by BRB’s world-class dancers in a concert performance of a ballet repertoire hand-picked by Carlos Acosta. Performances include the famous Bluebird pas de deux from The Sleeping Beauty and the beautiful Farewell pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s Winter Dreams with music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia live on stage.
Discover Dance and Music (13th and 14th May)
Shireenah Ingram will return to host Discover Dance and Music on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May; a magical journey into ballet for everyone aged 4+. With music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Shireenah will be joined by conductor Philip Ellis to introduce audiences to the instruments of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, present BRB’s brilliant dancers in highlights from classic ballets, and a host of interactive fun, games and animal antics.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s week-long residency at The Rep runs from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th May 2022. Tickets can be booked birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on. Discover more about Birmingham Royal Ballet at: brb.org.uk.