The Sleeping Beauty and triple bill at Theatre Royal Plymouth by Birmingham Royal Ballet
YOU wait all year for a Tchaikovsky ballet and then tutu come along at once.
Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake very modern variation on the Russian master's classic finishes tomorrow at the Theatre Royal Plymouth and there are a four days to fill before curtain up on Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty next Thursday at the same venue.
Lovers of top-class dance have the pleasure of the BRB's triple bill of shorts on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Those three contrasting works are E=mc², Tombeaux and 'Still Life' At The Penguin Cafe, among the most popular and innovative of artistic director David Bintley's output over the last 25 years.
Created in 1992 for the Royal Ballet, Tombeaux is his lament on the death of his mentor, the great Frederick Ashton.
The ballet received an Olivier nomination in 1993 and a Manchester Evening News Award in 1997.
The music is by William Walton with designs by fashion man Jasper Conran.
E=mc2 won the final ITV South Bank Show award for dance in 2010 and is performed to a specially commissioned score by Australian composer Matthew Hindson.
The piece explores Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, in high energy music and dance. It was nominated for an Olivier in 2010.
The evening finishes with perhaps one of Bintley's best-known ballets, 'Still Life' At The Penguin Cafe, created for the Royal Ballet in 1988.
The work introduces a host of endangered animals sheltering from the storm. Humans and animals mix, enjoying drinks and polite conversation in the Penguin Cafe, in a witty and poignant commentary on man's impact on the world.
Awards include a Manchester Evening News gong in 1988 and an International Defence of Nature prize in 2003.
Thursday-Saturday is given over to one of the great works of Russian ballet.
This production of The Sleeping Beauty is by BRB former director Sir Peter Wright.
The ballet is as popular and engaging today as when it premiered St. Petersburg in 1890.
The first performance by the BRB (which was then the Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet) was in 1984 at its now home theatre, the Birmingham Hippodrome.