Birmingham Royal Ballet - La Fille mal gardée rehearsals
Rory Mackay in early studio rehearsals for Widow Simone's taxing clog dance from La Fille mal gardée.
The ballet is often described as a summer pantomime, with it's dashing hero and heroine, vibrant colors and comedy dame.
In the full stage version, this segment is performed alongside a host of other characters. The ocassional pauses in the action are the few moments where the Widow relinquishes centre stage in favour of another dancer.
You can find out more about the piece at http://www.brb.org.uk/fille
Birmingham Royal Ballet are performing a programme of three one-act ballets during autumn 2011. Entitled Autumn Glory, it features Checkmate, Symphonic Variations and Pineapple Poll.
You can find out more about it at brb.org.uk/autumn
Kit Holder - Printer Jam
In early 2010, a number of Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers presented pieces that they themselves had choreographed. One of these pieces was Printer Jam by Kit Holder, to music of the same name by Mistabishi.
Here you can see a short video discussing the piece.
Peter Wright's productions of the classics
David Bintley and Peter Wright discuss Peter's work on Birmingham Royal Ballet's classical ballets; work which has made them among the best - if not THE best - productions in the world.
This video features clips from both The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia.
Cinderella: the day after the premiere
Here's David Bintley's final Creating Cinderella video diary, recorded the day after the brand new ballet opened at Birmingham Hippodrome last winter.
Notably relaxed, he looks back at what a journey it has been.
Cinderella: the week of the premiere
David Bintley discusses how he is feeling about the impending premiere of Cinderella, in a video diary recorded less than three days before curtain up!
Cinderella: One week to go!
Recorded the week before the ballet opened, Cinderella's choreographer David Bintley reveals the work that was taking place in the final stages of preparation before curtain up.
Designer John Macfarlane reveals part of the costume fitting process for Cinderella. Work has been going on for many months ahead of this winter's premiere of the new ballet at Birmingham Hippodrome.
You can find out more about the ballet at www.creatingcinderella.com
John Macfarlane's set designs for Cinderella
John Macfarlane is the designer for Birmingham Royal Ballet's new production of Cinderella.
In this exclusive video diary, he introduces work on the enormous stage cloths which he is painting for the ballet.
You can find out more about this new production at www.creatingcinderella.com
Early progress on Cinderella
David Bintley, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director, explains the choreographic progress that was made on his new production of Cinderella in early 2010.
With the Company undertaking so many performances, there were limits to how much time could be spent on the new piece. However, he was able to work extensively with Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay, the two dancers creating the role of Cinderella and the Prince.
Include footage of early choreographic work recorded in the Company's own studios in Birmingham.
David Bintley on the Cinderella model box
Birmingham Royal Ballet's Director, David Bintley, is creating a new production of Cinderella this winter (2010). In a video diary recorded halfway through the year, he explains how the designs for a new ballet are presented to the Company, and why.
Included in the clip is footage of the original model box presentation given by David and Designer John Macfarlane.
Chi Cao and Nao Sakuma rehearse Romeo and Juliet
The two Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal dancers in studio rehearsals for Kenneth MacMillan's glorious production of Romeo and Juliet.
You can find out about current performances of the piece at http://www.brb.org.uk/romeo
Birmingham Royal Ballet rehearses The Two Pigeons
Pricipal Dancers Robert Parker and Nao Sakuma rehearse Sir Frederick Ashton's The Two Pigeons, in Birmingham Royal Ballet's studios in the UK.
Coaching them is Wolfgang Stollwitzer, Ballet Master.
We often have difficulty recording these clips due to the backlighting from the large windows (and mirrors on other walls), and are experimenting with some post-production filters. Let us know what you think!