BRB 30th anniversary at Town Hall

Published: 13 November 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Brandon Lawrence in Valery Panov's Liebestod Credit: Johan Persson

Following live performances of Lazuli Sky in Birmingham and London last month, Birmingham Royal Ballet will present Birmingham Royal Ballet at 30—Supported by Birmingham City Council, a free online show available for seven days from 19 November to mark 30 years since the Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet moved from London to the city in October 1990 to become Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Filmed at Birmingham’s Town Hall, the programme will be hosted by BRB Director Carlos Acosta who will be joined by the Leader of the Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward, and Councillor Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture. It will feature 11 company dancers, accompanied by live music performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, in three pieces: Ben Stevenson's contemporary pas de deux End of Time, Jorge Garcia's Majisimo set to music from Massenet’s opera Le Cid and Valery Panov's solo piece Liebestod.

Over the past three decades, Birmingham Royal Ballet has toured nationally and internationally premièring 58 ballets and visiting China, Hong Kong, Italy, Thailand, USA, South Africa, Spain, Germany and Japan.

Councillor Ward said, “I am delighted that this performance was captured at Birmingham Town Hall—another of the jewels in the cultural crown of our wonderful city. Birmingham is truly a global city for the arts and Birmingham Royal Ballet helps spread the city's name and reputation for supporting the arts around the world. Sadly, this performance was filmed without an audience, as a result of the current COVID regulations, but all of our arts organisations in Birmingham are fighting to keep active and entertaining audiences in safe and innovative ways. We all need to keep supporting these organisations as they are not only the cultural heart of our city, but important generators of jobs, education and our entertainment economy.”