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BrumHour saw Studio to Stage at the invitation of Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Experience: Birmingham Royal Ballet: Studio to Stage at Birmingham Rep
This was an evening to demonstrate behind the scenes of Birmingham Royal Ballet. Just because it wasn’t a regular production, doesn’t mean there wasn’t a huge amount of work put in to create nearly three hours of content.
Greeting those arriving at Birmingham Rep as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s week-long residency were: First Artist Rachele Pizzillo and Artist Miles Gilliver. They were dressed in full costume to showcase a future performance of Coppélia which is coming to the main stage at Birmingham Hippodrome in October 2022. There we also other costumes and shoes to look at on the ground floor, together with wigs and makeup demonstrations upstairs.
The main chunk of the evening was a ninety-minute Masterclass with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s artistic director Carlos Acosta, this is essentially one of the daily sessions held for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s company with piano accompaniment.
This was wonderful to see as it really shows how the dancers are put through their paces to maintain their world-class skills and movements. Each segment is a swift demonstration followed by several runthroughs to ensure the content has been absorbed. A detailed short term memory is just one of the key skills this very talented team require.
After a small break, we return to see a rehearsal led by Dominic Antonucci, who is also our host for the evening. Soloists Beatrice Parma and Max Maslen were dressed for a rehearsal and put through their paces before returning later on in full costume for a short finished sequence from Coppélia. This was fantastic to see and seeing the studio to stage really came into full force here. See a trailer for Coppélia below:
We also had a short performance from Will Tuckett’s Lazuli Sky with Soloist Yu Kurihara and Principal Brandon Lawrence. Having seen the full production of Lazuli Sky it was great to see a short sample from the production which is part of a trilogy being presented as On Your Marks! at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Birmingham Royal Ballet is at Birmingham Rep until 14th May 2022. Find out more here: birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on.