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BRB creates Dreams for ballet students on the road

Published: 3 August 2019
Reporter: Vera Liber

After two events in Birmingham, Birmingham Royal Ballet, on its 30th anniversary, is taking its Dreams project on the road, allowing ballet students of all ages to perform alongside some of BRB’s company dancers in a special public performance of a much-loved ballet.

This year’s Dreams takes on Swan Lake, inspired by BRB’s production, in spring 2020, with performances at the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton and Theatre Royal Plymouth, as well as returning for a third year to Birmingham Hippodrome, where the dancers will be joined by undergraduate students of Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s Orchestra.

The project is primarily aimed at ages 9–18, but applications are open to people of all ages with ballet experience and there are a limited number of funded bursary places. Chosen participants will take weekly classes with the team, as well as intensive rehearsal days with former professional BRB company dancers.

Dreams Project Co-ordinator Sophie Humphries said, “we were blown away by the talent we saw in Southampton and are looking forward to meeting everyone at the Plymouth and Birmingham auditions. We were particularly impressed with the older dancers, seeing participants up to the age of 72 with just as much talent and energy as the younger dancers! The Dreams project is one of the highlights of BRB’s year and we look forward to welcoming more talented dancers of all ages.”