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Season Preview: Birmingham Royal Ballet Autumn and Winter 2022/23
About the new season and 2022 as a whole Carlos Acosta, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s artistic director said:
Twenty Twenty two has been such an exciting time for the company. We were delighted to bring our Don Quixote to packed houses at Birmingham Hippodrome and more recently twelve of our dancers performed at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony – after which the company is now taking a well-earned break.
But everyone will hit the ground running on their return as we look forward to presenting our ambitious triple bill Into The Music in the city. It’s been my ambition to programme this triple bill ever since I joined the company, and it will showcase some of the most important contemporary and classic choreographers so I’m very excited to share it here in Birmingham.
We also have a revival of Sir Peter Wright’s sublime Coppélia and although temperatures are rising – we are also turning our attention to The Nutcracker, which has undergone a major refurbishment to make it even more luxurious for Birmingham. We also look forward to some very exciting announcements in this period for the 23/24 season. Watch this space!”
Into the Music: Forgotten Land, Hotel and The Seventh Symphony (21st and 22nd October)
The autumn triple bill opens with a work by the late and prolific German choreographer Uwe Scholz. Scholz choreographed more than 100 choreographic works for major companies and venues before his untimely death in 2004. He worked regularly with classical repertoire and never more dramatically than in his setting of Beethoven’s vibrant The Seventh Symphony, a work famously described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.
Choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple and composer Mikael Karlsson team up for the world premiere of Ballet Now commission and Linbury Prize winner for Stage Design Hotel, a surreal journey into the secrets and lies that live behind closed doors. And to close, Jiří Kylián’s magnificent Forgotten Land illustrates why Kylián is one of the most revered choreographers of the 20th century with a gripping journey into memory and loss set to Benjamin Britten’s magnificent Sinfonia da Requiem.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-into-the-music. Into the Music is also at Sadler’s Wells 2nd to 5th November. Details here: brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/into-the-music-2022
Coppélia (26th to 29th October)
Love conquers all in Sir Peter Wright’s joyous classic brought back to the stage by Birmingham Royal Ballet for the first time in five years, with Léo Delibes’ glorious score performed live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
About the story: When eccentric toymaker Dr Coppélius leaves his greatest creation, the doll Coppélia, on his workshop balcony, she’s soon causing quite a stir in the village. Comic chaos is unleashed as Dr Coppélius tries to bring Coppélia to life in this timeless classic.
The Nutcracker (19th November to 10th December)
For many young people with an interest in ballet, The Nutcracker is their first experience, a delightful story about a young girl gifted a toy at Christmas who then enters a fantastical winter world.
Birmingham Royal Ballet says:
Sir Peter Wright’s classic production of this iconic ballet returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in 2022 following an extensive rebuild of John Macfarlane’s exquisite sets, funded in large part by generous audience support through the Big Give.
Join 60 dancers and audiences across the generations for the perfect festive family treat, with music played live by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-nutcracker-22. The Nutcracker then returns to the Royal Albert Hall from 28th to 31st December, details here: brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/rah-nutcracker-2022.
Swan Lake (15th to 25th February)
About the story, Birmingham Royal Ballet says:
Prince Siegfried is out hunting one night when he happens upon a flock of graceful swans. When one of them turns into a beautiful woman named Odette, the Prince is utterly smitten – but Odette explains that she’s fallen under an evil spell cast by the dreaded Rothbart, which keeps her in swan form from dawn to dusk.
Can Siegfried break the spell and smooth the path of true love?
Book tickets here: birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/brb-swan-lake-three. Swan Lake is also at Southampton Mayflower Theatre from 2nd to 4th February, The Lowry Salford from 1st to 4th March, Sunderland Empire from 9th to 11th March, Plymouth Theatre Royal from 15th to 18th March and Edinburgh Festival Theatre from 29th March to 1st April. See the details here: brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/swan-lake-2023