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Just before the season began, Principal Matthew Lawrence updated his blog on ballet.co.uk, touching upon the trials of the current repertory.

‘We’re kicking off the year with some hard ballets. It’s a test for bodies of all ages. Forget ‘Zumba’, this is the ultimate full body workout: for calves, the role of Colas in ‘La Fille’; for thighs, try the Red Knight in ‘Checkmate’; for cardio, dance ‘Symphonic Variations’…

‘…rest assured, when the season does get out of the blocks, you’ll be in for an eclectic mix of physically exhausting ballets; harder than complete box -set of ‘Zumba’ workouts.’

Click here to read Matthew’s full blog.

NBS Japan posted some images on their twitter feed yesterday showing some of our dancers signing photographs ahead of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief benefit performance at Tokyo’s U-port Hall on Tuesday.

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More information is also available on the NBS Japan blog

NBS, the promoters of our trip to Japan, have been posting pictures of our arrival on their twitter account (you can see it here).

Here’s a selection of some of the most recent images:

The Company is over in the USA at the moment, preparing to perform Swan Lake Friday to Sunday as part of the Virginia Arts Festival! You can find out more about the festival, and book tickets for the shows, but clicking here.

Here’s a newly published clip showing Principals Gaylene Cummerfield and Matthew Lawrence in rehearsals back in Birmingham last month:

The Company also performs Swan Lake as part of its 2010 summer season at Birmingham Hippodrome. Click here to find out more and for links to booking details.

We’re coming to America!

Here you can see Company Principals Gaylene Cummerfield and Matthew Lawrence in early rehearsals for Swan Lake earlier this month. Birmingham Royal Ballet performs the piece in full in America as part of 2010’s Virginia Arts Festival, and as part of the summer season at home in Birmingham, UK.

You can find out more at www.brb.org.uk/swanlake

We’ll be posting another Swan Lake rehearsal clip shortly, so watch this space!

The Company are already preparing for next month’s performances of Swan Lake in the USA, as part of the Virginia Arts Festival.

Here you can see Principal dancers Gaylene Cummerfield and Matthew Lawrence rehearsing a pas de deux from the ballet:

We shot some footage in this rehearsal, and will post a video shortly, so watch this space!

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s website

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