Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Triple Bill – ‘Into The Music’

Don’t miss Birmingham Royal Ballet’s triple bill at Sadler’s Wells this November. Showcasing neo-classical and contemporary ballets and renowned international choreographers rarely seen in the UK, this triple bill reveals the direction Carlos Acosta is setting for the Company. The triple bill features:

Jiří Kylián – Forgotten Land

Jiří Kylián’s magnificent Forgotten Land. The piece illustrates why Kylián is one of the most revered choreographers of the 20th century, with a gripping journey into memory and loss set to Benjamin Britten’s magnificent Sinfonia da Requiem. A work in which all of the choreography derives directly from the music, Britten, who grew up in East Anglia surrounded by the sea, dedicated the composition to his parents.

Kylián has used the idea of the everlasting presence of the ocean as a life-giving and life-taking force, as a main theme for his choreography. He also took inspiration from Edward Munch’s painting Dance of Life, in which the woman in three stages of her life is clearly present, echoing the three sections of the music.

Forgotten Land: Nederlands Dans Theater. Photo © Joris-Jan Bos

Ballet Now – Hotel

Choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple and composer Mikael Karlsson team up for the world premiere of a Ballet Now commission Hotel, a surreal journey into the secrets and lies that live behind closed doors.

Morgann works with her collaborative partner Jessica Wright to bring their experience in film to create a playfully interactive, multimedia live performance using pre-recorded and live camera work projected onto the scenery. The performers will interact with the on-stage cameras which themselves drive the narrative; they are characters in themselves, allowing audiences behind the doors of the Hotel and into the secret lives of the occupants.


Seventh Symphony: Leipzig Ballet. Photo © Ida Zenna

Uwe Scholz – Hotel

The final piece is a work by the late and prolific German choreographer Uwe Scholz. Scholz choreographed more than 100 choreographic works for major companies and venues before his untimely death in 2004. He worked regularly with classical repertoire – and never more dramatically than in his setting of Beethoven’s vibrant The Seventh Symphony, famously described by Wagner as ‘the apotheosis of the dance’.

Carlos Acosta:

‘We were delighted to bring our Don Quixote to packed houses at Sadler’s Wells and cannot wait to return later this year with our ambitious triple bill Into The Music. It’s been my ambition to programme this triple bill ever since I joined the company and it will showcase some of the most important contemporary and classic choreographers as well as UK and world premieres, so I’m very excited to share it with London audiences.’

Into The Music at Sadler’s Wells Theatre from 2-5 November.

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