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Tzu-Chao Chou in ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Arcadia, Le Baiser de la fée, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

★★✰✰✰   Bintley’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café saves a dispiriting evening by providing nimble demi-character dancing with a timely message, first delivered nearly 20 years ago.

BRB in Jessica Lang's Wink.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Shakespeare midscale tour: Wink, Three pas de deux, The Moor’s Pavane – Durham

★★★✰✰   “… Wink is a 4 star piece. We need to see more of Jessica Lang’s work…”

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Dream.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Ashton bill: The Dream, A Month in the Country – Birmingham

★★★✰✰ When I think of Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) under David Bintley I think of tradition with a capital T and the latest double bill underlines that in spades.

Karla Doorbar and Joseph Caley in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Gallery by Dave Morgan of Sir Peter Wright’s much admired production now being danced on its 25th anniversary…

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Balanchine's Theme and Variations.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Themes & Variations, Enigma Variations, The King Dances – London

The 28-strong cast rose to the challenge of Themes and Variations, with its tricky footwork and complicated formations…

Momoko Hirata in Sylvia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Sylvia – Birmingham

David Bintley’s Sylvia is a great piece of classical dance and escapist fun.

Celine Gittens in Sylvia.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in Sylvia

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Ruth Brill's Matryoshka at its Symphony Hall premiere.© BRB.

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Quatrain, Matryoshka, Beauty and the Beast pdd, Swan Lake pdq, Facade – High Wycombe

Ruth Brill’s Matryoshka showed a lot of sense and maturity I thought – she clearly thinks about entertaining the audience.

Jaimie Bond and Elisha Willis with Maureya Libowitz, Angela Paul and Laura Purkiss in Carmina burana.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Serenade, Carmina burana – London

To celebrate his 20th year as artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, David Bintley has revived the first work he created in the post – Carmina burana…

Momoko Hirata and Joseph Caley as Sugar Plum Fairy and Prince in The Nutcracker.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker, photographed by Dave Morgan at the Birmingham Hippodrome…

Momoko Hirata (Princess Belle Sakuma) and Joseph Caley (Salamander Prince) in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas (Caley/Hirata) – London

In his programme note, Bintley claims to have foregone sexual romance in favour of ‘something more mystical and subtle’, connected with Japanese veneration of its Imperial family. It doesn’t resonate in this royal kingdom.

Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet as Yokai in The Prince of the Pagodas.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Prince of the Pagodas – Salford

Bintley has created a solidly entertaining family work that never bores but never soars to another emotional level, either…

Marion Tait as Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty – London

…it’s actually a real pleasure to watch a company just working together for the good of the ballet.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – E=mc2, Tombeaux, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café – London

What the programme showed was that, unlike most of other ballet choreographers in Britain today, Bintley’s work isn’t primarily about the pas de deux.

Laetitia Lo Sardo with Artists of Birmingham Royal Ballet in Faster.© Bill Cooper

Birmingham Royal Ballet – The Grand Tour, Faster, The Dream – London

The programme included works both old and new but it was not an altogether successful mixture. The dancers looked most at home, and at their most sleek and impressive, in Faster, a work made on them this year by their Artistic Director, David Bintley, evoking the striving of competitors in the Olympics.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet – Promotions, Joiners and Leavers – July 2012

Media Release: Tuesday 10 July 2012 BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET ANNOUNCEMENTS JULY 2012 At the end of the 2011/2012 Season, Birmingham Royal Ballet is able to announce the following: Jenna Roberts is promoted from…

Nina Ananiashvili – 30 years on stage gala – Tbilisi

So what has made her a ballet legend? The simple fact that she lives, breathes and demonstrates the finest techniques of Russian classical ballet. She is fastidious in her footwork, has the most beautiful pliable back, expressive arms and has perfect proportions and great sensitivity…

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