My excitement levels have reached sky high this morning when an email popped into the inbox with the amazing words ‘ballet is back!’. Yes, the stunning Birmingham Royal Ballet, in collaboration with Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre, is returning with two ballets this June, including two brand new, World Premieres from Ballet Now, and a UK premiere, all as part of the Curated By Carlos (Accosta) mixed programme. There is also the return of the magical Cinderella, a much loved favourite from Sir David Bintley.
Curated By Carlos
Curated by Carlos features City of a Thousand Trades, a brand-new, one-act abstract ballet dedicated to the city of Birmingham. This new commission from choreographer Miguel Altunaga and The REP’s associate director Madeleine Kludje, is inspired by and celebrates the richly diverse cultural and industrial heritage of Birmingham in a love letter to the city featuring music composed by Mathias Coppens and designs from Giulia Scrimeri.
Also brand new for this triple bill is Imminent by choreographer Daniela Cardim, with music from Paul Englishby and designs from April Dalton. Imminent is a ballet born of hope and the importance of letting go of the past and moving forwards.
The UK premiere of Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero’s thrillingly physical work Chacona completes the triple bill. Chacona is set to exhilarating music by J.S. Bach performed live on stage by violin, guitar and piano.
Cinderella is a classic, a funny, lovely version of the classic fairy tale that always delights. This enchanting fairy tale is a glorious celebration of ballet, with breath-taking scenery and costumes by world-renowned John Macfarlane, the designer the Company’s famous Nutcracker, and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia playing Prokofiev’s beautiful music live.
The award-winning show has been specially adapted with a reduced score and staging adaptations to allow for social distancing and performer ‘bubbles’. However, it will still include the spectacular ball and some stunning coups de théâtre, such as the clock at the end of the ball and a beautiful spun-sugar-like carriage.