• Ballet,  christmas

    The Nutcracker – Christmas Magic In Birmingham

    The most iconic ballet of all time last night re-opened at the Birmingham Hippodrome, following a extensive rebuild of John Macfarlane’s famously beautiful sets. Yes, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ is back in all its glory, as sparkly and new as it looked in 1990, and totally ready to enthral audiences once again. As wonderful as the London production was in 2021, this is the visual treat that always signifies the start of Christmas in Birmingham, and last night, with Sir Peter Wright in the audience, the snow fell on the stage, the rats were led back to their cage, and the magic was truly a joy to behold. The…

  • Ballet,  Birmingham,  dance

    Birmingham Royal Ballet Breathe life into Coppelia

    The Birmingham Royal Ballet Autumn season concludes its Birmingham run this week with the opening at the Hippodrome of Sir Peter Wright’s Coppelia , directed by Carlos Acosta. I was at the press night last night and, once again, the BRB showed why they are one of the world’s greatest ballet company’s with a production that is grace and charm personified. The story of Coppelia is one full of humour and deception, featuring the aged old love triangle between a boy,a girl and a wooden doll. Of course, the village Lothario Franz doesn’t realise that the new object of his lust, the beautiful lady who sits on the balcony of…

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    Birmingham Royal Ballet Introduce Into The Music

    Birmingham Royal Ballet introduced its latest triple header at the Birmingham Hippodrome last night, with the premiere of the exhilarating ‘Into the Music‘. The programme, consisting of three short ballets, Forgotten Land, Hotel and The Seventh Symphony was explained as a celebration of the marriage of music and movement, and it certainly delivered on all counts, with the elegance of the dance only matched by the soaring syphonies of Benjamin Britten and Beethovan, performed majestically by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Forgotten Land The programme started with the brilliant, haunting Forgotten Land. Based on the painting ‘Dance of Life’ showing the different stages of life by Edvard Munch, the ballet starts…