Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the world’s great ballet companies, are coming to Sadler’s Wells this June and they’ve got two shows for our delectation, and they’ll be championing women with performances produced by female choreographers and a full length ballet with a strong, independent woman at the heart of the story.
First up there’s a trio of ballets entitled [Un]leashed and including Ruth Brill’s adaptation of Prokofiev’s classic tale Peter and the Wolf, a classical ballet but influenced by street dance and the spoken word, Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces, a playful piece in which the dancers manipulate giant concertina props to form and reform the scenery, with the performance rounded off with a new commission from Didy Veldman called Sense of Time, which brings things full-circle given it’s scored by Prokofiev’s grandson, Gabriel. The show runs on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June.
For Hobson’s Choice we’ll be visiting the world of Henry Mossop’s shoe shop and the story of Maggie and her battle to bag the perfect man, start her own business and outsmart her alcoholic father in what’s billed as a classic of our time. The score is by Paul Reade, the man who brought us the supremely hummable The Antiques Roadshow theme tune, not to mention the music for The Flumps. The show runs from Friday 28th until Saturday 29th June.
Image credit: Bill CooperBoth performances will showcase the very best of Birmingham Royal Ballet. They’ll be accompanied by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s own orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, who also regularly play for not only The Royal Ballet but many of the world’s leading ballet troupes including La Scala Ballet, the New York City Ballet and Paris Opéra Ballet.
The two performances are well worth a visit, for ballet and non-ballet fans alike. Book tickets now!