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BrumHour was invited to see On Your Marks! by Birmingham Royal Ballet.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Review: Birmingham Royal Ballet: On Your Marks! at Birmingham Hippodrome
Featuring not one, but two World Premiere performances, Birmingham Royal Ballet: On Your Marks! easily demonstrates how many strings this exciting company has to its bow.
Birmingham Royal Ballet: On Your Marks is at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 25th June. Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-on-your-marks
Music by Vincenzo Lamagna, Choreography by Jorge Crecis Performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet and Acosta Danza
Probably the most connected to Birmingham International Dance Festival and Birmingham 2022 Festival; his performance featured twenty-four dancers and a huge amount of jars with glowing sticks in glowing Green and Pink. It was easy to spot the influence of the Birmingham 2022 Festival right in the DNA of this sporty, fasted-paced performance. The sheer skill and dexterity of the dancers is put through its paces as well as showing the playful nature of the casts.
Probably unexpected to many of the audience, I really enjoyed seeing them cheer on the company at key moments. Not many visitors to Birmingham Hippodrome get to see the stage stripped back to its full scale and this was a great chance to see a resident company at work.
Music by Luke Howard, Choreography by Juliano Nunes
Interlinked demonstrates how performance without relying on gender can focus ability, it smoothly allows both the male and female dancers all wearing tutus and modern versions of leotards can become one before splitting into smaller groups.
There are moments where the male dancers perform as pairs it really shows how powerful and intimate each moment can be. The music by Royal Ballet Sinfonia was both wonderful and as powerful as any seen in film or television soundtracks.
Music by John Adams, Choreography by Will Tuckett
Having seen this performance previously, it was like revisiting a lovely restaurant or walking on a particular beach.
The performance plays with the themes of time and nature, particularly later when time appears to move forwards and backwards swiftly. Huge fan-like structures around the waists of the dancers, making them look extra graceful and complimented by absorbing music from Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Discover more about Birmingham Royal Ballet via their website here: brb.org.uk.
Find out more about Birmingham International Dance Festival which runs until 3rd July here: bidf.co.uk/festival-events.