DAVID Bintley’s Gothic fairy tale, Beauty and The Beast offers a spectacular treat for ballet fans in the new year.
David, who went to school in the Holme Valley and whose parents still live in Honley, is director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet and renowned worldwide for his work as a choreographer.
He is also the artistic director of Japan’s National Ballet.
From January 24, his work can be seen much nearer home as Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to the Lowry in Salford.
The company will stage one of the most popular ballets in its repertoire, David Bintley’s Beauty And The Beast.
This is a classic family treat with some new twists woven into the timeless fable of prejudice and passion.
A beautiful girl, a hideous beast, a golden ballroom full of animals, two outrageously haughty sisters and a grumpy grandmother worthy of Roald Dahl, dance, prance and rage through the unfolding pages of Philip Prowse's stunning storybook set of forests and castles.
David Bintley's rich choreographic palette brings to life magical transformations, wild waltzes, soaring formations of birds and a relationship between Belle and the Beast that is at first terrifying, but ultimately serene and beautiful.
Robert Parker, the company’s principal dancer, will play the Beast.
This is a role which was created with Robert when the production was first staged in 2003.
He will dance the role for the last time at the Lowry before he retires from dancing in July to become Artistic Director at Birmingham Royal Ballet’s associate school, Elmhurst School for Dance.
The production is at the Lowry for just seven performances from January 24 to 28.
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