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This week, audiences in the South West of England can get a special preview of Swan Lake, before Birmingham Royal Ballet performs this piece in full throughout autumn 2012.

An excerpt from the piece forms part of the programme for the South-West leg of our 2012 split tour, which sees us dancing in Poole and Truro this week.

You can see a video of studio rehearsals for the ballet here, featuring Tyrone Singleton and Céline Gittens:

2012 south-west tour dates

The Lighthouse 8-9 May 2012
Hall for Cornwall 11-12 May 2012

2012 autumn tour dates

The Lowry 19 – 22 September 2012
Birmingham Hippodrome 2 – 6 October 2012
Theatre Royal Plymouth 11 – 13 October 2012
Sunderland Empire Theatre 18 – 20 October 2012
Wales Millennium Centre 1 – 3 November 2012

EDIT: You can now see further footage from Tyrone and Céline’s Swan Lake rehearsal below!

Tickets to see Birmingham Royal Ballet dance Swan Lake at The Lowry, Salford, this autumn have gone on sale today.

This evening also sees the Company open a week of performances of Beauty and the Beast at the same venue.

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These performances of Swan Lake will be the first of the 2012-13 season, which begins and ends as the academic calendar. The shows will precede even the Company’s first dates at home venue Birmingham Hippodrome.

You can see a rehearsal clip from Swan Lake, featuring Birmingham Royal Ballet Principals Gaylene Cummerfield and Matthew Lawrence, below.

Birmingham Royal Ballet dance Beauty and the Beast, at The Lowry, Salford, until the end of this week. The production is choreographed by the Company’s own Director, David Bintley. Click here to book tickets now.

Hello everyone! I just thought I’d grab a couple of minutes during the Swan Lake General to post an update on what’s been happening in the last couple of days.

As everyone is now working right through until we arrive back in Brum on Tuesday morning, yesterday (Wednesday) was a free day for most of the Company – although the LX department were in all day working on the lighting. The Festival organised a trip to the beach yesterday afternoon and the 40 Company members who went had a fantastic time. Everyone also managed to return sunburn-free which is something of an achievement – and particularly important for the swans given that if the skin under their white make-up is sunburnt, they turn purple under the lights!! I think that most people who didn’t go to the beach went shopping; I certainly spent a couple of hours in the mall and will be returning with a heavier suitcase!

It was back to work for everyone this morning; after class we had a two-hour stage call on Acts II and IV (the ‘white’ acts) and the General rehearsal started at 4pm; I think most people are keen to get back to the hotel and start following the election results online once we’re done here!

The local interest in our visit continues and we’ve had lots of press activity going on today which is great for our profile aswell as for ticket sales which are going extremely well. Tomorrow will be an early start as we’ve got a School’s Matinee at 10.30am – this will consist of a performance of Acts III and IV, introduced by Marion and Dom; it’s the culmination of a busy week of workshops by the Learning Department and having heard great feedback from those sessions, I think everyone is looking forward to the students seeing the show.

Quite a lot of people (me included) are still having trouble adjusting to the time difference over here – although no-one seems to have suffered as spectacularly as a certain Mr Tom Stevens on Tuesday morning. Having set his alarm for 8am, Tom thought the jet-lag was to blame for his tiredness when the alarm went off. It was only 15 minutes later when he’d got up, pottered round his room, had a shave, opened the curtains and been surprised to see that it was still dark outside, that he realised that it was actually 3.15am – the clock on his iPhone had automatically reset to UK time at midnight!


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.

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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!

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