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Following Birmingham Royal Ballet's 21st anniversary at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2011, the company is truly settled into its home, which includes a state-of-the-art theatre, the Jerwood Centre for the Prevention and Treatment of Dance Injuries and the Patrick Centre, a studio theatre for new work.

The company boasts
David Bintley as their Director. Bintley was appointed this position in 1995 and has since assembled an excellent company of dancers as well as putting together well-balanced seasons and choreographing award-winning new works for the Company. Marion Tait was appointed Assistant Director in the summer of 2011 after sixteen years as Ballet Mistress of the Company, and Chief Executive Christopher Barron is presiding over a company now in a renewed position of important financial security.

Birmingham Royal Ballet was formed in 1990, when
Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet moved to Birmingham
. Everyone connected with the Company proudly celebrates the versatility and flexibility of an organisation that creates challenging new work alongside the classics.

For Bintley, it is standing on the shoulders of giants that allows a view into the future: ‘The hallmark of the Royal Ballet Companies has always been a mixing of classical and more avant garde work. I feel hugely influenced by The Royal Ballet of the 1950s and 60s under Ninette de Valois; she said we must have one foot in the future and one in the past. Today this is crucially important, both nationally and internationally.’

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Birmingham Royal Ballet is welcomed enthusiastically around the world. The Company has recently completed successful tours to Japan, China, the USA and Hong Kong, and plans to increase its international profile. Barron believes audiences, both at home and overseas, hunger after the classical history of the Company, the startling energy of its new work, and the unique pool of talent it contains, on stage, in the orchestra pit and behind the scenes. The arrival of Elmhurst School for Dance in Edgbaston in 2004 is another crucial plank in the Company’s determination to nurture and retain the best young dancers in the world.

Birmingham Royal Ballet certainly has a devoted and growing audience in Birmingham and beyond. Bintley is particularly appreciative of this core support, and claims it is this loyalty and constancy that allows the Company to be adventurous. Both Bintley and Barron are passionate about the relationship with Birmingham and celebrate the way the Company has become secure and grounded in the life of the city. ‘20 years ago the only dance in this city was touring dance,’ Barron says. ‘Now it is an exciting home for creating dance and dancers.’

For Bintley and his dedicated team the driving force remains the same as it was for Ninette de Valois when she founded the first company at Sadler’s Wells Theatre 75 years ago: dance. ‘Of all the dance performing arts, ballet is the most diverse and the most popular,’ Bintley concludes. ‘From classics to the avant garde, from comedies to tragedies and abstraction, ballet does it all.’


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