Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Stravinsky programme was the unexpected hit of this Sadler’s Wells season. Triple bills are proverbially hard to sell, but ticket sales were brisk, audiences friendly. This season has brought a crop of new dancers, including the Estonian Linnar Looris, whom I saw as Balanchine’s Apollo. This was a sure, confident performance. Like […]
Birmingham Royal Ballet will go from international straight into smaller-scale local touring this summer. From May 7-9, the company dance Swan Lake at the Virginia Arts Festival in Norfolk, US, following sell-out performances of The Sleeping Beauty in 2007. Back in the UK, the company and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia split in half to perform […]
Sometimes you need a kick-start to get you into the swing for the festive season and Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome on November 31 was just the thing for me.
Like a tin of Quality Street, Strictly Dancing promised to offer something for everyone. From grandiose Russian classicism to Greek fable infused with English school romanticism via the 20th century nostalgia of partner dancing, Birmingham Royal Ballet delivered an ensemble as part of its autumn season best described as eclectic.