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Birmingham Royal Ballet decides to divide and conquer the country

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: May 10, 2013

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Birmingham Royal Ballet is again splitting the company in two to introduce their work to the widest possible audience. Half of BRB and the Royal Ballet Sinfonia travel south and west and the remaining half go north and east to tour. It's an initiative that has proved to be a great success and is now in its tenth anniversary year.

This year's programme, which will be performed at the Hall for Cornwall next week, has been carefully chosen to demonstrate the versatility of BRB. It includes a work from great British choreographer John Cranko, alongside award-winning American choreographer Jessica Lang's Lyric Pieces and excerpts from some of Birmingham Royal Ballet's favourite ballets.

Lyric Pieces is set to romantic piano miniatures by Edvard Grieg and was Jessica's first work for a major European company and world premiered during the International Dance Festival Birmingham in May last year.

Pineapple Poll offers of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko.

When the dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population swoon! Chief amongst them is Poll.

Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the Potboy at a local inn, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, love-lorn ladies, all seeking the attentions of the admirable officer, who is unwittingly taking the town by storm.

Wrapped up in his own little world, when will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice that half his crew have mysteriously shrunk and don't seem very at home in their beards?

The evening continues with Bitesized Ballet – excerpts from some of the most popular work staged by BRB.

It includes the Peasant pas de deux from Giselle Act I and excerpts from Don Quixote, BRB artistic director Bintley's award-winning Hobson's Choice and Kenneth MacMillan's Pavane pas de deux.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is at Hall for Cornwall on May 17 and 18.

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