Birmingham Royal Ballet and David Bintley Unveil 'The King Dances'


Wednesday 17 – Saturday 20 June

Birmingham Hippodrome, B5 4TB, 0844 338 5000


In just two weeks’ time Birmingham Royal Ballet, one of the world’s leading classical companies and the UK’s premiere touring ballet company, will unveil a brand-new production by David Bintley as he celebrates his twentieth year as Director.

The King Dances reimagines the origins of ballet from the perspective of the young Louis XIV of France, also known as the Sun King, in a visually stunning adaptation. In 1653 the 14-year-old Louis XIV danced the role of Apollo the sun god in Le Ballet de la nuit, earning himself the soubriquet the Sun King. David Bintley explores the events surrounding the King’s passion for the art form and the very beginnings of ballet, when men were quite literally, the kings of dance.

Tony Award winning designer Katrina Lindsay has spent months creating a world full of Kings, werewolves, witches and demons with a mix of period costume, striking designs and stylised masks.

Taking inspiration from the soubriquet the Sun King, light plays a crucial part in David Bintley's vision for the piece created alongside Olivier Award winning lighting designer Peter Mumford. The pair recently collaborated on the critically acclaimed E=mc², Faster which was created to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Carmina burana which will form the second part of the double bill presented in Birmingham this June. The King Dances promises to be a visually striking spectacle using inventive lighting effects to construct dynamic spaces and atmosphere.

Backstage teams at Birmingham Royal Ballet’s headquarters based within the Birmingham Hippodrome complex have been working alongside some of the world’s leading costume makers to prepare the specially produced design elements including fitting and creating twenty three wigs, nearly fifty brand-new costumes and sculpting and shaping ten specially designed masks.

The production will also be the focus of a BBC Four documentary due to air early September where David Bintley will retrace the steps of Louis XIV in locations around France as well as go backstage during the creation of The King Dances. The programme will also feature a full screening of the production.

The King Dances plays in a double bill at Birmingham Hippodrome alongside the revival of David Bintley’s highly acclaimed Carmina burana, the first ballet he ever made for the Company as Director in 1995 which has been astonishing and delighting audiences for 20 years.

The King Dances is supported (2015) by Jennifer Rowe and Birmingham Royal Ballet's New Work Syndicate (2014-15) and Director's Appeal (2014-15).

The King Dances/Carmina burana
Birmingham Hippodrome, 17 – 20 June 2015
Wednesday – Friday evenings 7.30pm, Thursday matinee 2pm, Saturday matinee 2.30pm
Tickets £16-£47, 0844 338 5000



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