Reviews of the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
The Kidderminster Shuttle
And so we move on to Tombeaux, Bintley’s homage to his mentor, the great Frederick Ashton. This is the dance equivalent of a Celtic lament, a movement in song so achingly poignant that the heart takes a little jump that can only really be felt rather than described by words alone.
But the real high point of the evening was his ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café from 1988 about the extinction of species which has assumed an iconic significance. Set to Simon Jeffes’ amazing score which ranges from the jaunty to the apocalyptic, funny yet thought-provoking, poignant and profoundly disturbing, as seen here it is a masterpiece which was greeted by excited cheers from a packed young audience and ended to prolonged curtain calls.
Alongside preparing to deliver one of the oldest ballets and most well-known classic storytales of all time, The Sleeping Beauty, next week Birmingham’s resident ballet company, The Birmingham Royal Ballet, have also been working tirelessly to present a triple bill of the company director, David Bintley CBE’s creations on the Hippodrome stage – and the result was simply spell-binding.