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Ballet Classes and performances at home from Birmingham Royal Ballet.
We are big fans of Birmingham Royal Ballet and were really looking forward to seeing the 2020 productions brought to stage by the new Birmingham Royal Ballet director Carlos Acosta. Sadly, right now, the theatres are all closed. But, the silver lining is that Birmingham Royal Ballet is launching Home from Home, a series of online content that will bring more about the company into your own front room.
First of all, Ballet Class Live is an exclusive live-streamed class led by Ballet Master Dominic Antonucci that company members will be dialling into voluntarily from wherever they live in the world.
HOME FROM HOME: BALLET CLASS LIVE is screening on Friday 3 April from 11.00 BST via BBC.CO.UK/ARTS
Tune in to watch (and participate) with the Birmingham Royal Ballet company as they dial in to a special ballet class live from their homes all over the world including Australia, France, Japan, New Zealand, the USA and UK.
Led by one of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Ballet Masters Dominic Antonucci, the class will give access to the daily physical warm-up routine of these world-class dancers, with online participants including Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet Carlos Acosta, who says:
“Every dancer needs to stay fit and flexible and maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. During this period of self-isolation and quarantine, it is vitally important that our company, based in their homes all over the world, continue to meet up online and take daily ballet class.
As part of the Birmingham Royal Ballet: Home From Home series, we will be giving exclusive ballet class access to BBC’s Culture in Quarantine from 11.00 am GMT on Friday 3 April.
Then, later on, there’s a very special ‘living-room’ performance of The Swan, set to Camille Saint-Saëns’s Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des animaux, introduced by Birmingham Royal Ballet Director Carlos Acosta and performed at home by principal dancer Céline Gittens, accompanied by principal pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
At 3 pm on Wednesday 8 April, BBC’s Culture in Quarantine will make available a specially curated performance of The Swan, introduced by Carlos Acosta and performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet principal dancer Céline Gittens, accompanied by principal pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist Antonio Novais from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.
This poignant piece, set to Camille Saint-Saëns’s Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des Animaux, was originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova and is popularly known as The Dying Swan.
Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta says:
“Welcome everybody in this moment of stillness.
We are going to try an experiment; I frankly don’t know how it’s going to turn out. We are going to perform for you one of my favourite pieces, The Swan. I have purposely changed the end, so this is a dance about life, about hope.
This is a dance of promises, it represents the end of something and the beginning of something else, and in these crazy times that we are living, we all need a new beginning.
This is a gift from Birmingham Royal Ballet to you, enjoy”
Both projects have been created in partnership with BBC Culture in Quarantine. Launched by BBC Arts, Culture in Quarantine is a virtual festival of the arts rooted in the experience of national lockdown whereby UK Creative industries can come together to share content and ideas. Jonty Claypole, BBC Head of Arts, says:
“The mission of Culture in Quarantine is to support the arts and ensure the greatest possible access to culture in people’s homes.
We’re thrilled to be working with one of the greatest dance companies in the world, Birmingham Royal Ballet, on this unique project.