Posted on June 1, 2015
Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced plans for the 2015 to 16 season, including a Shakespeare celebration and the company premiere of Frederick Ashton’s A Month in the Country.
The season opens in September with Swan Lake at The Lowry, Salford and on tour. The first mixed programme of the year, titled Variations, features Ashton’s Enigma Variations, George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations and Alexander Whitley’s Kin. It opens in Birmingham on October 8, and tours to London and Plymouth.
Peter Wright’s much-loved production of The Nutcracker returns for Christmas, followed by more Swan Lake performances and, in February, a double bill of Ashton narrative ballets, The Dream, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Month in the Country, a romantic drama based on Turgenev’s play.
Next year will be the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, which Birmingham Royal Ballet will mark with several programmes. After The Dream double bill, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet returns to the repertoire in February. In June, the company revive Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew, followed by a Shakespeare-inspired triple bill. This will include José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane, which tells the story of Othello as a stylised work for four dancers, David Bintley’s The Shakespeare Suite, which evokes a wide range of Shakespeare’s couples to music by Duke Ellington. The programme ends with The Sonnets, a new work choreographed by Jessica Lang.
Picture: artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Shakespeare Suite. Photograph: Bill Cooper