Birmingham Royal Ballet opens the International Dance Festival

Performances: Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 April 2014 The Crescent Theatre

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After the success of the Company's 2012 performances, Birmingham Royal Ballet opens this year’s International Dance Festival Birmingham with an exciting programme of both contemporary and traditional works.

The programme features premieres of two new commissions from young choreographers; former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer Alexander Whitley’s ballet Kin., to music by young American composer Phil Kline; and current company First Artist Kit Holder’s Quatrain inspired by the exciting and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Each programme concludes with one of Sir Frederick Ashton’s best-loved ballets, complementing the new pieces with old favourites. On Thursday and Friday (24 and 25 April), the thrilling and highly technical Les Rendezvous centres on a group of friends meeting in a park, and sees the entire cast demonstrate their skill with a series of difficult divertissements. Saturday’s Façade (26 April) is based on Edith Sitwell’s deliciously nonsensical poetry, and includes tangos, foxtrots and waltzes, all danced with joyful abandon.

QUATRAIN

Inspired by the fantastically exciting and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Birmingham Royal Ballet First Artist Kit Holder creates his third ballet for the Company. Following the success of his previous work, 9-5, which featured in IDFB 2012, these premiere performances of his latest work are keenly anticipated.

KIN.
An exciting new ballet from Royal Opera House Choreographic Affiliate, Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate and former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer, Alexander Whitley. The ballet, to music by young American composer Phil Kline, will receive its premiere at IDFB 2014. Not to be missed!

LES RENDEZVOUS
A huge hit when it was first performed in 1933, Les Rendezvous was the first ballet in which Ashton put aside the comedy for which he was known and concentrated on pure technique. Loosely based around a group of friends meeting up in a park, the ballet is a series of fiercely difficult divertissements which give the whole cast the chance to show off their virtuosity.

FAÇADE
Based on Edith Sitwell's deliciously nonsensical poetry, Façade embraces the fun of it all with whole-hearted and wilful abandon. Be entertained by a series of delightful characters dancing tangos, foxtrots and waltzes, all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Choreographed in 1931, Façade was Sir Frederick Ashton's first big hit, and is full of the gentle comedy he is known and loved for - an enjoyable break from the sanity of everyday life!

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