"Nao Sakuma" tag
Celine Gittens in The Taming of the Shrew.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Taming of the Shrew

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Delia Matthews and Iain Mackay (with Karla Doorbar) in A Month in the Country.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Dream and A Month in the Country

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Peter Todd, Sir Peter Wright, Marion Tait and Kit Holder celebrating the BRB Nutcracker's Silver Anniversary.© Roy Smiljanic. (Click image for larger version)

Celebrating the Birmingham Royal Ballet / Peter Wright Nutcracker at 25

Birmingham Royal Ballet have been celebrating the Silver Anniversary of Sir Peter Wright’s great Nutcracker production and the company’s move to Birmingham that same year.

Delia Matthews in Alexander Whitley's Kin.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Birmingham Royal Ballet in Theme and Variations, Enigma Variations and Kin.

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Delia Mathews (The Suicide) and Cesar Morales (The Stranger) in Miracle in the Gorbals.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – La Fin du jour, Miracle in the Gorbals, Flowers of the Forest – London

Gillian Lynne has made Helpmann and Benthall’s wartime collaboration into a gutsy dramatic ballet, probably with more choreography than Helpmann attempted.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Kin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Les Rendezvous, Kin., Elite Syncopations – High Wycombe

I was suitably sent home happy.

Birmingham Royal Ballet in Giselle.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Giselle – Birmingham

…a jewel of a performance from Nao Sakuma. Her movement is beautifully musical, weighted and controlled – she hardly ever needs to do adjustments, so precise is she.

Cesar Morales, Iain Mackay and Nao Sakuma in Aladdin.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Aladdin – London

Don’t expect big emotional highs and lows or deeply defined characters, just a clear narration of a story that everyone knows. So if we judge it on these terms how does it do?

Sergei Polunin in Narcisse.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

2012 Dance Memories – London

Lynette Halewood with her personal selection of London dance memories this last year…

Birmingham Royal Ballet – Daphnis & Chloe, Two Pigeons – London

…the evening really belonged to Robert Parker, giving his last performance in London and challenging memories of almost any of his predecessors. Whilst being very, very charming he also has some of the toughness which I think Ashton originally intended, and the sincerity of his regret at the end was entirely convincing. He will be sadly missed.

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