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The reviews of Birmingham Royal Ballet‘s latest productions are in. Here are the ones I’ve found.
Pomp and Circumstance:
Also, ballet.co.uk have a very useful reviews search page which would’ve saved me some time trawling around if I’d found it sooner.
At the Birmingham Hippodrome from 18-21 March, Pied Piper is:
a bold, contemporary, hip-hop performance inspired by Robert Browning’s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin. It is an innovative, original and thrilling fusion of dance and narrative, taking an edgy look at morality
This video trailer gives you an idea of what the show’s about:
Tickets are available here.
People Dancing, as it says on the brochure, is:
a three year programme of activity aimed at encouraging mass participation in dance and dance related activity across the West Midlands.
The commissioning process is just starting and a series of roadshows was recently staged to spread the word. People Dancing is particularly looking to support:
The Summer Dancing Festival 2009 (I can’t yet find a website to link to) will be an eight day festival of classes, workshops and performances taking place in Coventry from 21-28 June 2009.
The festival will include a project called Making Space which will give three artists:
the opportunity to develop their creative practice in a 15 day residency, beginning 6th June. One of these places will be reserved for a West Midlands based Dance Artist.
Details about what the opportunity includes and how to apply are on the Arts & Media website.
Applications need to be in by 20 March and must be sent to:
I’ve recently been in touch with Martin Cutler of dancewarehouse who is currently working to put on the EADA National Selection Competitions at The New Bingley Hall on Saturday 14 March. It’s a prestigious occasion – as Martin says:
we are organising the event for The English Amateur Dancers Association to select the top two couples who will then go on to represent the country at the World and European Championships later this year
This event is for the ‘Elite Group’ The Amateur Ballroom and Amateur Latin competitors (aged 16 to 34 incl) as well as the Senior 2 Ballroom (aged 45 to 54 incl) and also Senior 1 Latin American (aged 35 to 44 incl)
The event will also see the debut demonstration of the new partnership of Christopher Hawkins and Joanna Bolton, each former World Professional Ballroom Champions with different partners. This new pairing promises something special.
Full details on the National Dance Events website.