The Birmingham Royal Ballet travels to Ireland with "Coppelia."
Today this international company is based at the Birmingham Hippodrome and tours extensively. Recently, the company completed a three-week tour of Japan; David Bintley is artistic director of both Birmingham and the National Ballet of Japan. When we meet, he is playing Sudoku. "It's a feast or a famine," he laughs, but one suspects that it's mostly a feast for this Yorkshire-born dancer and choreographer who was stage-struck at the age of four. He worked under the great Sir Peter Wright, Birmingham's Director Laureate who choreographed this production of Coppelia. Bintley is passionate about his country's fine tradition, believing that British ballet "leads the world in narrative dance and production values".