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Birmingham REP announce triple bill to celebrate re-opening

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre will host a new season as part of their ongoing partnership with the city’s own ballet company, Birmingham Royal Ballet, including a tantalising triple bill of productions. 

Curated by Carlos will run from 10-12 June, and an adapted production of Sir David Bintley’s family classic, Cinderella, will run from 18-26 June.

The Curated by Carlos triple bill will feature the world premiere of City of a Thousand Trades, a brand-new, one-act abstract ballet dedicated to Birmingham. The performance is inspired by, and celebrates, the richly diverse cultural and industrial heritage of the so-called Second city in the manner of a love letter.

Birmingham became known as the City of a Thousand Trades at the height of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, thanks to businesses’ exponential growth using the central location and vast water network for transport and manufacturing.

Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet Carlos Acosta said: “It is over a year since the theatres closed and a year later than planned that these two new works, which I am very excited about, will finally make their premieres. The programme illustrates what I want this Company to be and highlights our commitment to diverse talent.”

Completing the triple bill will be the UK premiere of Spanish choreographer (and resident at Acosta Danza) Goyo Montero’s thrillingly physical work, Chacona, set to the electrifying music composed by J.S. Bach and performed live on stage by violin, guitar and piano, together with 16 dancers. 

The new abstract work is inspired by the feeling that something significant is looming and that change is imminent. As rainforests burn and consumption rises, populism surges and democracy is tested in previously unimaginable ways. As the health and harmony, we allowed ourselves to believe in is being exposed as fragile and unsustainable, the balance we thought we could maintain is precarious. A tipping point is approaching. Imminent invites us to recognise that a window of opportunity is now calling upon us. There is hope – and it is important to let go of the past, take action and move boldly on.

Artistic Director of The REP Sean Foley added: “To have these extraordinary performances from Birmingham Royal Ballet so soon after the first restrictions are lifted – and after so successfully starting our new collaboration during the long lockdown – is a wonderful testament to Birmingham’s unique cultural spirit.”

Tickets for Curated by Carlos (10-12 June) and Sir David Bintley’s Cinderella (18-26 June) at Birmingham Repertory Theatre go on priority sale to Birmingham Royal Ballet Friends and REP Members from 12 pm on Tuesday 13 April and to the public from noon on Friday 16 April. Visit birmingham-rep.co.uk for more information and to book tickets. 

 

 

 

Written by: David Watkins

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