Carlos Acosta has announced his first season as Director at Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Acosta’s inaugural season coincides with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 30th anniversary marking its move to Birmingham and will feature world premieres, classic revivals and new partnerships.
Acosta said “‘Bringing major new works to the stage will forge a new direction for this wonderful company. I plan to present international choreographers whose work will be new to British audiences. I want Birmingham Royal Ballet to be surprising and unpredictable, whilst continuing to be world class exponents of the classical repertoire that means so much to me personally.
The season opens in June 2020 with a three-week summer festival spanning London and Birmingham titled Curated by Carlos (10 – 13 June Sadler’s Wells; 19 – 27 June Birmingham Hippodrome).
At the heart of the festival is a mixed bill of electrifying ballet that includes the UK premiere Chacona, a new duet set to J S Bach for Alessandra Ferri and Carlos Acosta by Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero; the latest Ballet Now commission, Imminent, from British/ Brazilian London-based choreographer Daniela Cardim; and Theme and Variations, George Balanchine’s love letter to classical Russian ballet, set to the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No.3
For the second half of the Curated by Carlos festival, Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Carlos Acosta’s stunning production of Don Quixote at the Birmingham Hippodrome (19-27 June), opening as part of the final weekend of Birmingham International Dance Festival.
On the opening night of Curated by Carlos festival, Cuban / Iranian band Ariwo will perform in the foyer of Sadler’s Wells before the show and in the intervals. The festival culminates in a free Family Day at Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 27 June.
The autumn will see a tantalising Triple Bill (1 – 3 Oct, Birmingham Hippodrome; 27 & 28 Oct Sadler’s Wells) featuring Seventh Symphony by Uwe Scholz whose work has never been presented in the UK before; the world premiere of Ballet Now commissioned choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple ; and renowned Czech choreographer Jiří Kylián’s epic and melancholic Forgotten Land, set to Britten’s Sinfonia da Requiem.
On tour Kenneth Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet will travel to Plymouth, Birmingham and London in October; and in January – March 2021 David Bintley’s enchanting version of Cinderella.
In tandem, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s fantastic First Steps version of Cinderella for children aged three to seven years and families, will tour to Southampton, Salford, Birmingham, Plymouth, Sunderland and Bristol.
Additionally, there will be a tour in May 2021 which will include Jorge Crecis’ Ten, originally created for Acosta Danza, and a new commission to be announced shortly, bridging a gap for Ballet provision in smaller towns and cities in the UK.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s An Evening of Music and Dance will return to Symphony Hall Birmingham on 12 February 2021; and, The Beauty of Ballet conducted by Music Director Laureate, Barry Wordsworth will be performed on 4 November 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall in Londo..
Birmingham Royal Ballet will also partner with Royal Birmingham Conservatoire whose orchestra will perform for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Swan Lake Dreams on 23 February 2020. Other partnerships in 2020 include two festivals: The Latitude Festival in Suffolk in July, and Wayne McGregor inviting the Company to perform his duet 2Human at Dance@Grange Festival (10 & 11 July).
Freefall Dance Company, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s own company of highly gifted dancers with learning disabilities, returns to the Patrick Studio for its annual performance showcase on 12 November 7pm. Tickets will be on sale from June 2020.
Sir Peter Wright’s version of The Nutcracker that he created as a gift to the City of Birmingham in 1990 will be performed to mark the anniversary of Birmingham Royal Ballet’ move to the city.
Acosta’s first year will culminate in the company’s jubilant return to The Royal Opera House in summer 2021 after an absence of twenty years.