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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!

We’re in Plymouth this week, performing our Autumn Glory triple bill and La Fille mal gardée at Plymouth Theatre Royal. We’ve already posted a couple of clips from stage rehearsals for Autumn Glory, but here’s an extra one to whet your appetite for the final performances of this tour.

It comes from Checkmate, and features the entrance of Jenna Roberts and Jonathan Payn as the Red Queen and King:

In the clip above, you can see David Morse performing the role of the Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée, dancing the complicated clog dance! It’s a challenging piece of choreography that requires the dancer to tap out frenzied staccato rhythms in time with the music.

In the clip below you can see the solo being rehearsed in the studio by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Rory Mackay. The footage was recorded during the first week back after the summer break, and stripped of the costume and the other dancing girls, shows off the complexity of the solo all the more.

Birmingham Royal Ballet dances La Fille mal gardée in London tonight until Saturday night, and in Plymouth next Thursday to Saturday.

Here you can see Robert Parker performing the role of Captain Belaye in the bubbly comedic ballet Pineapple Poll, which the Company performs in London this week.

In the ballet, all of the townswomen are besotted with the Captain, although he’s blissfully unaware. All he’s noticed is that his crew – who are also trying to win the hearts of the local girls – are becoming increasingly annoyed with him!

For details of all of our current performances of Pineapple Poll, which forms part of our Autumn Glory programme, click here.

Unfamiliar with La Fille mal gardée, which we’re currently touring to Sunderland, London and Plymouth? Then allow us to introduce the ballet with four short video clips!

Early morning on the farm, and the chickens are outside having a scratch.

Our heroine is Lise, who lives on the farm.

Lise’s mother is the over-protective Widow Simone, a cantankerous dame (and occasional clog dancer).

Lise is madly in love with a young farm-hand named Colas. But will they ever earn her mother’s blessing?

Find out for yourself by coming to see us dance La Fille mal gardée on tour!

Sunderland Empire Theatre 14 – 15 October 2011
Sadler’s Wells Theatre 20 – 22 October 2011
Theatre Royal Plymouth 27 – 29 October 2011

Here you can see a video of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia – the orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet – in rehearsal for the ballet Pineapple Poll!

Pineapple Poll is one of the ballets in our 2011 autumn triple bill, which is appropriately enough entitled Autumn Glory. The other pieces in the programme are Symphonic Variations and Checkmate. You can find out more about Autumn Glory by clicking here.

Our next three performances in Japan (Thursday, Saturday and Sunday) are of The Sleeping Beauty. Here you can see a rehearsal video filmed in our Birmingham studios, and featuring Company dancers Ambra Vallo and Mathias Dingman:

Back home, tickets are already on sale for our next UK tour. We perform Coppélia in summer 2011, with performances in Salford, Birmingham and Dublin. Click the city names for details.

In the new video below, Company dancers Kristen McGarrity and Steven Monteith introduce some of the costumes from the ballet, including a number that they themselves have performed in.

Bonus: Here you can see the outtakes from our Coppélia costume video shoot!

Birmingham Royal Ballet are bringing the sexy, sassy, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue to both Durham and York next week. The ballet tells the tale of a hapless 1930s stage performer who must extend his performance in order to stall a hitman who’s been instructed to bump him off as soon as his solo ends. The reason for the contract on his life? He’s become rather to close to a mob boss’s girlfriend, down at the local speak-easy.

Here you can see a clip of Robert Parker and Céline Gittens in rehearsals for the piece, which the Company performed last year as part of our anniversary gala in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales.

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

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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