Birmingham Royal Ballet raise the curtain on their new city home
DARCEY BUSSELL CBE ATTENDS THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET’S REFURBISHED HOME BASE
Following a dramatic transformation costing around £2.7m, last night Birmingham Royal Ballet unveiled its new look home at the Birmingham Hippodrome complex to a selection of invited guests who have supported the fundraising campaign including Campaign for the Future President, Darcey Bussell CBE.
Talking of the new facilities, Ms. Bussell said;
It is a pleasure to join Birmingham Royal Ballet this week as they welcome everyone to their beautiful new home following a £2.7m transformation of its facilities.
As President for the Campaign for the Future it is so rewarding to see the results of a fundraising effort that has enabled a company close to my heart to continue to be a first-class rehearsal facility for its dancers, staff and the wider public who can all enjoy this marvellous creative space.
The new facilities will allow Birmingham Royal Ballet to welcome the community, nurture the talent of the future and maintain their position at the forefront of both British and international dance.
The transformation of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s building is a key milestone of our Campaign for the Future. Our goal now is to secure the remaining £2.5m of our £15m target to ensure the studios are bursting with new work by world-leading choreographers as well as creative opportunities for local people to discover, take part and excel in classical ballet.
The company will continue to celebrate with a series of special events throughout this week which will see over one thousand people pass through its doors. Birmingham Royal Ballet will also host a public open day on Sunday (25 Jan) between 11am-4pm where members of the public are invited to come and explore the new space with a host of family friendly activities, tours and performances.
Birmingham Royal Ballet’s home remained untouched for 24 years since the Company moved from London to Birmingham in 1990. Thanks to a generous grant of £1.85m from Arts Council England’s Capital Investment Programme and the company’s own Campaign for the Future, its premises have been transformed into an accessible first-class rehearsal facility, which welcomes the public whilst providing a 21st-century working environment for its staff. The major refurbishment will allow the Company to deliver further public engagement initiatives thereby strengthening the Company’s ability to put learning and outreach work at the heart of its artistic and organisational strategy.
Christopher Barron, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Chief Executive said:
The refurbished facilities will enable an increased delivery of community work in-house offering unique, first-hand experience of dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet. The optimal studio configuration will enhance the Company’s scope for rehearsing and staging large-scale ballet and provide outstanding facilities to attract, retain and care for elite dancers.
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