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Birmingham Royal Ballet perform in Spain for the first time

  • Date: 20 June 2012
  • Area: Midlands
Man and a women dancing

Take Five, Celine Gittins and Tyrone Singleton. Credit: Roy Smijanic

Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) will close its season with two spectacular outdoor performances at the Teatro del Generalife in Granada in July as part of the 61st International Festival of Music and Dance.  And one of their performances includes members of Birmingham Cathedral Choir.

BRB will perform Coppélia, one of the company's established favourites by the Company's Director Laureate Sir Peter Wright on Thursday 5 July, and a triple bill of Joe Layton's The Grand Tour, Director David Bintley's Take Five and Frederick Ashton's The Dream on Saturday 7 July.

The performances will mark Birmingham Royal Ballet's first visit to Spain in the Company's 22 year history, building further international links by carrying the torch for the City of Birmingham and UK arts in its role as a city and cultural ambassador.

Christopher Barron, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Chief Executive, said:

"International touring highlights Birmingham Royal Ballet's artistic and technical excellence and maximises the potential to promote the company, Birmingham, the wider UK arts industries and their cultural aspirations to an international audience.

"The Granada tour, the company's fifth international season in the last 18 months, helps to develop, nurture and maintain relationships with our loyal and ever-increasing audiences and supporters overseas."

The 61st International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada will be staged in 10 different venues over 17 days.

BRB's performances will take place in the grounds of the Alhambra Palace, a fourteenth century World Heritage Site.

Orquesta Ciudad de Granada will play for the Company's performances with the exception of Take Five, for which a jazz quartet from the Colin Towns Band will travel to Granada from the UK to play the famous Dave Brubeck music.

The Birmingham Cathedral Choir will also perform alongside Birmingham Royal Ballet and Orquesta Ciudad de Granada for Felix Mendelssohn's famous music for The Dream on Saturday 7 July.

For more information visit the Birmingham Royal Ballet website