His successor is the Cuban superstar Carlos Acosta, who takes over in January 2020 and will, no doubt, want to make his own mark on the UK’s second classical ballet company.
For now, though, the company is led by the interim director Marion Tait, and continues with its mission to tour a variety of classical and innovative new work, commissioned from both established and up and coming choreographers.
And so it is with the current mixed bill, where BRB will dance a work by the veteran American choreographer Twyla Tharp, Nine Sinatra Songs, and a brand new work by the young Australian dancer and choreographer, Jack Lister, A Brief Nostalgia.
In between BRB are joined by Ballet Black, Britain’s small company for non-Caucasian dancers, which gained wide exposure when it backed Stormzy’s set at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.
Ballet Black will dance one of its most popular works, The Suit, choreographed by the very in-demand Cathy Marston from a South African play.
Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs is the choreographer’s homage to the greatest crooner of them all. Under moody lighting that alternates between moonlight and cabaret, a series of supremely elegant dances blend romance, humour and nostalgia in equal measures, all lulled by Sinatra’s caressing voice.
Jack Lister was commissioned to create a work as part of Ballet Now, a joint BRB/Sadler’s Wells five-year programme of professional development for choreographers, composers and designers.
A dancer with Australia’s Queensland Ballet, for whom he choreographed his first work in 2015, Jack Lister has since established a name for himself as an emerging choreographer. We can’t wait to see what his A Brief Nostalgia has to offer.
Cathy Marston’s The Suit won a National Dance Award. It tells of a husband who comes home to find his wife in flagrante with another man. The lover flees living behind his suit. The husband’s cold revenge is to force the wife to treat the empty suit as an honoured guest.
A diverse programme, then, with something for everyone, though parents should be warned that The Suit contains adult themes.
|What||Birmingham Royal Ballet, Mixed Bill 2019, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
29 Oct 19 – 30 Oct 19, 19:30 Wed mat 14:00 Dur.: 2 hours 30 mins inc two intervals
|Price||£15-£65 (+booking fee|
|Website||Click here to book|