One is a modern-day meditation on the beginnings of ballet from the company director and established choreographer David Bintley. The other is the premiere of a new work created for BRB by the award-winning Spanish choreographer Juanjo Arqués.
Bintley’s The King Dances takes us on a journey back to the moment when ballet came of age; a time when men were the kings of dance.
King Louis XIV had a burning passion for dance and his performances as the Sun God in 17th Century court ballet Le Ballet de la nuit (an epic 12 hours of regal dancing) earned him the alias 'The Sun King'.
BRB, The King Dances, photo c/o BRB
Bintley’s quirky vision reveals a desperate struggle for power between the young King and his mentor Count Mazarin, exposing the darkness beneath the glittering veneer of the royal court.
This reimagining of ballet’s first steps uses an all-male ensemble to explore what was to all intents and purposes the first ever proper ballet.
While The King Dances gives us a glimpse at the kindling of ballet’s future, Juanjo Arqués’ Ignite demonstrates that the flames of the art form continue to burn brightly today. Commissioned as part of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s pioneering Ballet Now development programme, Arqués' new work examines contemporary political conflict.
Arqués draws inspiration from J.M.W. Turner’s series of oil paintings The Burning of the House of Lords and Commons, translating the vibrant colour into atmospheric choreography.
Featuring new designs from Tatyana Van Walsum and a score from Kate Whitley (co-producer of The Multi-Story Orchestra), Ignite endeavours to create a symbolic narrative that will be unique to each audience member.
Let the fire and fury flare!
|What||BRB Fire and Fury, Sadler's Wells|
|Where||Sadler's Wells, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4TN | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Angel (underground)|
30 Oct 18 – 31 Oct 18, 19:30 Wed mat 14:00 Dur.: 1 hour 35 mins inc one interval
|Website||Click here to book via Sadler's Wells website|