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This week Birmingham Royal Ballet performs Spring Passions, a double bill of works by Frederick Ashton at Birmingham Hippodrome, featuring The Two Pigeons and Daphnis and Chloë. The programme also tours to London in a fortnight’s time.

A pas de deux from The Two Pigeons also featured in our 2012 Evening of Music and Dance at Birmingham Symphony Hall on February 17, and you can see a video from rehearsals here.

Featured are of course the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, conducted by our Music Director Koen Kessels. Jenna Roberts and Robert Parker dance the roles of the two young lovers, reunited at the end of the ballet.

Click here for details of all performances of Spring Passions.


Our orchestra, the Royal Ballet Sinfonia, present an Evening of Music and Dance at Birmingham Symphony Hall this Friday (17 February 2012), with danced excerpts by members of Birmingham Royal Ballet.

It’s a fantastic venue, which the Guardian classical blog recently called the best orchestral concert hall in the UK, so we’re excited to be performing there tomorrow night.

As such we’re putting on a very special programme. Among the guest dancers will be Nao Sakuma and Chi Cao, who will be performing choreography from Le Corsaire, a piece not usually featured in the Company’s repertory. You can see a clip from studio rehearsals below:

In addition to this, there will also be a chance to see excerpts from Checkmate, Coppélia, The Two Pigeons and Far From the Madding Crowd. Among other musical pieces being performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia will be work by Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Shostakovich and Puccini.

Some good seats are still available, so to book for this very special event, click here now.

Our Principal dancers, along with our Director, Assistant Director and Chief Executive, have recently had new headshots taken for all of our programmes. Each one was invited to choose their favourite place in Birmingham as the location for the shoot, and you can see some of the results here!

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Visit to see a full set of images, as well as details of where each photoshoot took place. All photographs were taken by Richard Battye, whose own website can be found here.

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