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We’ve recently posted a series of galleries on Facebook, showing various ballets in our repertory from the point of view of a dancer in the wings. You can see them by clicking here.

Among the pieces featured is Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, which Birmingham Royal Ballet performs this week in London and next week in Cardiff. Click each location for booking details.

Here we’ve posted a set of images not included in our Dream wings gallery, showing dancers waiting backstage. Taken by Andrew Ross during a performance of the ballet earlier in 2012, this is the first time that these photographs have been published.

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We dance The Dream as part of Autumn Celebration, along with The Grand Tour and our Olympics-inspired ballet, Faster.
Click here to book for Autumn Celebration at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London.
Click here to book for Autumn Celebration at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.


Among the pieces we’re performing in the South of England this year is an excerpt from Frederick Ashton’s The Dream.

Based on William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the ballet features many of the famous characters, including Oberon and Titania, the Kind and Queen of the fairies. It is their romantic pas de deux which we’re dancing on this tour, in Yeoville and Truro.

In the video below you can see Company dancers Natasha Oughtred and Joseph Caley being taught the roles by Antoinette Sibley and Anthony Dowell, who created the parts when Ashton choreographed the ballet in 1964. Our Ballet Mistress Marion Tait also talks about how invaluable this personal coaching is for the dancers who you will see on this tour.

Frederick Ashton also choreographed La Fille mal gardée, sections of which appear in our programme for both the North and the South.

Click here for details of our performances in Yeovil and Truro
Click here for details what we’re dancing in Durham and York

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