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The Sleeping Beauty – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: Marius Petipa/Peter Wright Reviewer: John Kennedy Shamelessly romantic, this Sleeping Beauty awakens the senses through a seduction of somnambulant stealth. Firmly in the classical repertoire’s treasure-chest marked Opulent Baroque: Excess In All Arenas, tonight’s extravagant costume-drama from the wardrobe of Mount Olympus blushes not a jot at its OTT self-indulgence. Philip Prowse’s design, an opulent neo-classical Renaissance ...

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Birmingham Royal Ballet: Shakespeare Dream Bill – The Lowry, Salford

Director: David Bintley Choreography: Jessica Lang, José Limón, Frederick Ashton Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The Birmingham Royal Ballet present a Shakespeare-themed triple bill of works as part of their own year-long celebration of the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death. For Manchester and Salford audiences this has the added interest of the company presenting a varied selection of more diverse works ...

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Ballet Central 2015 – The Lowry, Salford

Artistic Director: William Glassman Choreography: Christopher Hampson, Christopher Gable, Christopher Bruce, Kit Holder, Alexander Gorsky, Sharon Watson, Christopher Marney Reviewer: Peter Jacobs The 2015 tour celebrates 30 ‘sparkling’ years of Ballet Central, the touring company of Central School of Ballet. This is a packed and diverse programme of new, classic and revived work, displaying their range of ballet, contemporary and ...

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Sylvia – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music: Léo Delibes Choreographer: David Bintley Reviewer: Laura Jayne Bateman Sylvia, a pastoral ballet based on a 16th-century Italian play, was first performed in Paris in 1876. It proved an instant hit, and has since been performed by ballet companies all over the world with artists such as Margot Fonteyn dancing the title rôle. However, in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production, ...

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Ballet Central – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

Reviewer: Rich Jevons This scintillating showcase begins with Christopher Hampson’s ‘Four’, a neoclassical ballet piece with the dancers in purple and black leotards syncopated to a ragtime jazz soundtrack. The piece is executed with great poise and grace and sets a high bar for the rest of the evening. The live pianist performs a lush ‘Moonlight Sonata’ for the romantic ...

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