Birmingham Royal Ballet today release brand new images for their autumn season engagement at Sadler’s Wells; featuring a fitting balance of classical and contemporary ballet from Giselle to a Mixed Bill including the World Premiere of the latest Ballet Now commission and a partnership with Ballet Black.
Autumn 2019 could be described as a ‘bridge season’ during which Birmingham Royal Ballet moves towards the arrival of Carlos Acosta as Director in January 2020. The season is also classic BRB with its balance of classical and contemporary works; Giselle and a Mixed Bill (featuring the latest Ballet Now commission plus a partnership with Ballet Black) complete a three-venue autumn tour this week at London’s Sadler’s Wells.
Mixed Bill: A Brief Nostalgia; The Suit; Nine Sinatra Songs
Sadler's Wells 29–30 October
The fourth commission from BRB’s ground-breaking Ballet Now initiative is A Brief Nostalgia by rising young choreographer and Queensland Ballet dancer Jack Lister. Featuring a new score by award-winning Scottish (and first-time ballet score) composer Tom Harrold, this London premiere will open the exciting and eclectic mixed bill before Ballet Black – fresh from their staggering performance with Stormzy at Glastonbury - will take to the stage to perform Cathy Marston’s critically acclaimed The Suit, inspired by Can Themba’s South African fable. BRB’s dancers return to close the programme with Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs, a glamorous portrait of seven couples that traces the arc of romantic relationships. Nine Sinatra Songs is one of Tharp’s most frequently performed works and has become an international, crowd-pleasing favourite.
Sadler's Wells, 1–2 November
David Bintley’s BRB legacy took immediate effect with a UK tour of his, and Galina Samsova’s, production of Giselle this autumn. First staged 20 years ago in 1999, and featuring Adolphe Adam’s original score performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, BRB Principals Momoko Hirata and César Morales star on the opening night as the eponymous heroine and her anti-hero Count Albrecht. The revival of this exquisite and heart-wrenching staging opened at Birmingham Hippodrome before travelling to Plymouth, and now a two-date London run at Sadler’s Wells.