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Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome

Muddy says One of the world-leading ballet companies, Sadler's Wells celebrates its 30th anniversary of moving to Birmingham in 2020 and a new Director in Carlos Acosta celebrating diversity.

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Former Cuban ballet dancer Carlos Acosta Dancers took up his appointment as Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020 and pledged to bring ballet’s ‘traditional image into the 21st century’.

The former principal dancer with the Royal Ballet plans include staging the work of international choreographers unknown in Britain. In 2021, BRB is due to perform at London’s Royal Opera House for the first time in 20 years and tour to smaller towns and cities that may not usually see ballet at this level. He also desires to bring in wider audiences and take the company out into the community, projecting a cooler, younger image and advocating more than 20,000 tickets for £20 or less.

A world-leading company, BRB is one of the five major UK ballet companies including The Royal Ballet, the English National Ballet, Northern Ballet and Scottish Ballet.

The Queen is the Patron of BRB, and Prince Charles its President. Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet in London relocated to Birmingham in 1990 under Peter Wright as Director.

The first chance audiences would’ve got to see Carlos Acosta’s vision translated to programme was due in June 2020 – he had curated a three-week summer festival spanning London and Birmingham bringing together dancers, visual artists, writers and thinkers who inspire him under the banner Curated by Carlos. 

But the lockdown forced the company to postpone or adapt its planned performing schedule. Birmingham Hippdrome will be unable to open before February 2021.

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of Birmingham Royal Ballet moving to Birmingham, and Sir Peter Wright’s stunning version of The Nutcracker that he created as a gift to the City of Birmingham 30 years ago in 1990.


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