Birmingham Royal Ballet are performing three one-act ballets at the 2012 International Dance Festival Birmingham, to jazz, classical piano and drum’n’bass/electronic music.

Company dancer Kit Holder is responsible for the latter, expanding the ideas of his 4-minute drum’n’bass ballet, Printer Jam, into a 20-minute work entitled 9-5.

Here you can see a video of the original piece:

Kit has already revealed that his new ballet will not feature an exclusively drum’n’bass score, recognising that a full twenty minutes would be too relentless.

My brief was to take Printer Jam as a starting point,’ he explained last month, ‘and to expend upon that using electronic music. While the scope of Drum’n’Bass is massive, if you bombard the audience with the same thing for too long, be that musically or visually, they’ll get bored. so I’ve looked at other types of electronic beats and sample-based music.

‘I feel that as soon as you say you’re doing a piece of classical dance to electronic music, audiences expect a piece of abstract dance, but I want to avoid that. While there’s a limit to how deep a storyline you can have in a 25 minute piece, I want to remove the ‘otherworldliness’ of dance, and to present my characters in familiar locations. Part of what makes dance so phenomenal is that it allows escapism, but if you can take the audience’s day to day experiences, reinterpret the norm and present it back to them, that can be really interesting.

‘That’s really influenced my choice of music, which include a lot of samples of day-to-day sounds.’

Click here to find out more about the performances, at the Crescent Theatre on 3-4 May 2012.

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