On Friday 18 December we broadcast our first-ever live-streamed ballet, beamed from Birmingham Repertory Theatre straight to your homes. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s evergreen production of The Nutcracker has been part of the City’s Christmas tradition since 1990 and returns to Birmingham Hippodrome in November 2019. Having been deprived of live performances of this festive favourite, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre have combined forces to bring a new filmed presentation of The Nutcracker, conjured into being by their respective directors, Carlos Acosta and Sean Foley, as a special treat for Christmas 2020 (and we certainly need it). We enter the snow scene and Alys Shee’s Snow Fairy leads her Snowflakes and Winds with an easy command. Photo by Bill Cooper. Karla Doorbar was a charming Clara without being overly saccharine. For Christmas 2020, Birmingham Royal Ballet's Carlos Acosta and The REP's Sean Foley have created a special version of The Nutcracker. She is an Elmhurst 2020 graduate who cannot take up the ballet company contract, offered to her in March in the US, due to Covid so is unemployed. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The REP will be available to watch as a livestream event at 7.30pm on Friday 18th December. 2019 is no exception as The Nutcracker returns to the Royal Albert Hall … Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Buy Tickets Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker at The REP will be streamed live from The Birmingham Repertory Theatre this evening, Friday 18th December, from 7.30pm via brb.org.uk.. As you know it’s been a very challenging year for ballet dancers and performing artists around the globe. Make a gift of $10,000 or more and be permanently recognized as a member of the Birmingham Landmarks Legacy Society inside the lobby of the historic Alabama theatre! With delights for all ages, this production features elaborate costumes and sets along with beautiful dancing by a cast of over 100 dancers. In response to Covid-19, the stage ballet was filmed in iconic locations around Birmingham for its seventh annual production. It will then be available to view as a video-on-demand recording from Saturday 19 to Thursday 24 December. Birmingham, Repertory Theatre In its second year at the historic Alabama Theatre… this production features elaborate costumes and sets along with the ambience of the “Showplace of the South” all … To guarantee that your ticket be honored, you must purchase through Ticketmaster online, by calling 800-745-3000 or in person at a Ticketmaster outlet. She has written for a number of publications including Dancing Times, The Dancer and Dance Europe. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Every year, tens of thousands spend the end of December with us and Birmingham Royal Ballet. Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham Alabama on 3rd Avenue North, the Alabama Theatre has been the home to shows and performances … Birmingham Royal Ballet Celebrate the Holidays with Birmingham Ballet's The Nutcracker - a Magic City Holiday Tradition! Birmingham Royal Ballet is moving its 2020 version of The Nutcracker online due to the tier three restrictions placed on the region. The thoroughly enjoyable transformation scene harbours one of the best moments – as Clara manages to knock out The Rat King (Alexander Yap) with her pointe shoe. Located in the heart of downtown Birmingham Alabama on 3rd Avenue North, the Alabama Theatre has been the home to shows and performances … Details at www.birminghamballet.com. With the Birmingham Hippodrome closed and the Royal Albert Hall performances cancelled in this most doom laden of years, The REP and its director, Sean Foley came together with Carlos Acosta to offer Birmingham Royal Ballet a rescue package in a re-staging of Sir Peter Wright’s beautiful production of The Nutcracker. Outstanding in a series of first-rate divertissements were Maslan and Chou in the Chinese and Ryan Felix, Gus Payne and Shuailun Wu in the Russian. The above list is composed of those whose work we feature regularly and have generally contributed in the last few months. Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Nutcracker at The REP will be available to watch as a livestream event at 7.30pm on Friday 18th December. However, there are never enough revenues left over to do the major maintenance repairs that come up frequently such as a new $660,000 air conditioning system, $450,000 for an expanded women’s restroom and $200,000 to return the 3rd Avenue North iconic vertical Alabama sign. Tomorrow afternoon, Birmingham Royal Ballet will dance a matinee of The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker and The Mutt-cracker Coming to the Alabama Theatre November 29 - December 1, 2019. Celebrate the Holidays with Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker – a Magic City Holiday Tradition! Moving this year to the historic Alabama Theatre… this production features elaborate costumes and sets along with the ambience of the “Showplace of the South” all dressed up for the holidays. The government restrictions from 2 December will limit public attendance at indoor events to 1,000 people which makes it financially impossible to stage a production of this scale. It makes sense that Act II carries on from where Act I finished, still in the snow scene. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. This delightful reimagining of Sir Peter Wright's classic production has been created by Carlos Acosta and Sean Foley. https://www.ticketmaster.com/birmingham-ballet-tickets/artist/991437 After news of Birmingham’s Tier 3 status Birmingham Royal Ballet took the difficult decision to move a newly adapted 2020 version of their famous and much-loved family favourite The Nutcracker online. Dominic Antonucci as Drosselmeyer. Max Maslen, her dancing partner in The Prologue, was excellent and Tzu-Chao Chou gave us his usual spectacular rendition of Jack-in-the-Box. Morales is a dancer with the purest of classical lines and he maintains that framework during all the partnering too. Photo by Roy Smiljanic. How they managed to achieve such infectious joy without a single person putting their hands together is a feat in itself. BRB also produced a very informative digital programme which proved to be helpful in terms of the narrative. Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. We cannot wait to welcome you back to live, full capacity performances soon. The charity, which this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of its move to Birmingham and the first performance of Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker, will perform a spectacular 90-minute show, created especially for Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre, with live … Every year, tens of thousands spend the end of December with us and Birmingham Royal Ballet. The future is bleak for her and her graduate friends This is her third BRB Nutcracker as well as other performance opportunities with the company. All Youth tickets are $25 plus applicable fees. Not just any old Nutcracker, mind, but the 500th performance of Sir Peter Wright’s bespoke production. Celebrate the Holidays with Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker – a Magic City Holiday Tradition! During the interval we were treated to film footage of rehearsals and interviews, including one with Marion Tait, to whom the performance was dedicated. Tom and Ty Talk. The Dolls all have different guises in Act II but perhaps the most significant one is The Sugar Plum Fairy Doll, as danced by Momoko Hirata who is also the Sugar Plum of the second act. Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker. BIRMINGHAM, AL—November 24, 2020 –the Magic City Nutcracker (MCN) will stream its digital production via Facebook beginning December 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. Now in its twenty-third season, this Magic City Holiday Tradition is classic entertainment for your entire family. However, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Birmingham Repertory Theatre would be hugely grateful if you could make an extra contribution by paying £20 or £25 for your ticket. Claudia Bauer | Deborah Weiss | Foteini Christofilopoulou | Graham Watts | Heather Desaulniers | Jann Parry | Josephine Leask | Lauren Gallagher | Lynette Halewood | Margaret Willis | Marina Harss | Oksana Khadarina | Sara Veale | Siobhan Murphy | Susanna Sloat | Valerie Lawson | Bruce Marriott (Ed). Video-on-demand sales close at midnight on 21 December, but can be viewed until midnight on Christmas Eve. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk. Snuggle up on the sofa and let Birmingham Royal Ballet's 2020 version of The Nutcracker bring some Christmas magic into your home this Christmas. Why can't I buy from somewhere else? This isn’t a sponsored post. Doorbar blossoms in his arms. This was so much more than a Nutcracker performance for me. The entire Prologue was well danced and very engaging with Jonathan Payn, a kindly Herr Drosselmeyer until the transformation scene where he seemed to undergo a momentary personality change. Birmingham Landmarks, Inc., a 501c3 organization, operates in the black year in and year out. To lose one Nutcracker may be regarded as a misfortune. And last week, Mr. Acosta announced that Birmingham Royal Ballet would perform “The Nutcracker” both at the Birmingham Repertory Theater and … Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker. Birmingham … David Mead. Since it was first performed in 1990, The Nutcracker at the Birmingham Hippodrome has become as much a part of the city’s Christmas experience as the theatre’s extravagant panto and the German Market that usually fills New Street and Victoria Square. Royal Ballet School trained and a former senior soloist with London Festival Ballet and Bayerisches Staatsballett, she began writing in 1993 whilst living in Southern Germany. If you have booked tickets for The Nutcracker we will be in touch as soon as possible to refund you. Nothing can match the overflowing of abundant youthful energy and good cheer. The Mutt-cracker, a new twist a “classic tail”, is essentially Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker with the addition of dogs performing along side the dancers. To see the BRB dancers I have come to know well - over the years of seeing them dance around the country - dance this spectacular work of the ballet canon, and hear Tchaikovsky's marvellous score played by the superb RB sinfonia, was truly … Live streamed on 18 December 2020 1061012 The following pas de deux with Doorbar and César Morales as the living, breathing Nutcracker, was filled with rapture. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at The REP will be available to watch as a livestream event at 7.30pm on Friday 18 December. Before dwelling any further on that, the dancing was sublime; John Macfarlane’s designs are sumptuous and the teamwork of Acosta/Foley brought about very satisfying results. 8. Birmingham Royal Ballet's Nutcracker. Celebrate the Holidays with Birmingham Ballet’s The Nutcracker – a Magic City Holiday Tradition! In response to Covid-19, the stage ballet was filmed in iconic locations around Birmingham for its seventh annual production. But since this is the Yellowhammer State's favorite Christmas tradition, there's no telling how long the best seats at the Wright Center will last! With the Birmingham Hippodrome closed and the Royal Albert Hall performances cancelled in this most doom laden of years, The REP and its director, Sean Foley came together with Carlos Acosta to offer Birmingham Royal Ballet a rescue package in a re-staging of Sir Peter Wright’s beautiful production of The Nutcracker. The dance will go on! Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Buy Tickets. She epitomises the delicacy and sheer beauty of the Sugar Plum whilst Morales is majestic, streamlined and solid as her Prince. This year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is streaming in Birmingham, directly to your living room!In a regular year Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performed at the Showplace of the South since 1927: the Alabama Theatre. All here is copyright DanceTabs and the author concerned. It has been one hell of a ride. Birmingham City Council; National Lottery; SupercoolDesign © Birmingham Royal Ballet | Company registration no. Do not steal our words or pictures, please. Indeed, this scene is challenging in every production but this version throws up exceedingly difficult technical challenges for everyone in it, with most impressive results. Dramatic special effects are woven together with heartwarming moments to carry you along on the magical journey with Clara and her Nutcracker Prince. Tickets for every The Nutcracker Birmingham, AL performance are on sale now, so you can catch the beloved holiday classic, live with your family. If the pandemic has shown us anything – it is that no matter what the circumstances, the arts are more resilient and resourceful than anyone could have imagined. It is slightly shorter than usual and missing a couple of diverts but nevertheless felt like the real deal. It will then be … BIRMINGHAM, AL—November 24, 2020 –the Magic City Nutcracker (MCN) will stream its digital production via Facebook beginning December 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. Sir David Bintley had already reworked some of it in order to accommodate the RAH’s vast arena and now the job ahead was to re-stage it for a proscenium arch of smaller proportions. Royal Albert Hall and Birmingham Royal Ballet present The Nutcracker By popular demand, Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to Royal Albert Hall with our enchanting production of this Christmas favourite. Contact: tickets@birminghamballet.com. Thank you. The Birmingham Royal Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker was live-streamed this year (Photo: Johan Persson) It’s a decent company showcase, too. It symbolised something so hopeful after this year which has been so dreadful in many ways. Deborah Weiss is a freelance dance writer and critic, based in London. Community Auditions - September 14 & 15. Ross MacGibbon has done his usual superlative job of directing the filming of the production, but it was nevertheless heartbreaking to watch a live performance with absolutely zero applause. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk. may not be valid. This magical ballet, with its ravishing Tchaikovsky score, is the quintessential Christmas treat for … Masterful story telling by choreographer, Cindy Free, brings Clara’s dream to life with a perfect blend of tradition and fresh surprises each year. www.brb.org.uk Tickets bought from individuals or third party sites (StubHub, Vivid Seats, Vivint, etc.) Tickets range from $25 – $45 plus applicable fees. Always entertaining, this production perfectly blends the skills of accomplished professionals alongside Birmingham’s most gifted aspiring dance artists. To lose two looks like... a gloomily apt ending to this unfestive season. Learn how your comment data is processed. It will then be available to view as a video-on-demand recording from Saturday 19 to Thursday 24 December. Check out photos below! If you purchase tickets through those sites or individuals you risk purchasing invalid tickets. DanceTabs © 2021. The Nutcracker will be back next year and we hope we will see you there, in the meantime look out for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s live-streams here. You must be able to show identification that matches the name on the ticket, show the account number that was used to purchase the ticket or show the credit card that was used for purchase. Buy before the end of Monday 21 December; watch until 24 December. Lei Zhao as Clara with Christopher Larsen and Kit Holder in the Chinese Dance. The Nutcracker at The REP She retires as Assistant Director at the end of this year. The holiday favorite is brought to life with masterful story-telling and exciting dancing by professionals as well as local talented aspiring youth. 3320538 | Registered charity no. Thank you for your support, it means a lot. In this production, Clara’s mother is a former ballerina and Clara, a ballet student. It is possible for the purchaser of valid tickets to transfer them to another buyer through Ticketmaster.com or the Ticketmaster app. Alabama Ballet is proud to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this holiday masterpiece. Livestream from the Birmingham REP December 18, 2020. The Prologue can sometimes feel slow going, but not here, where the action keeps going at quite a pace. Fri 23 Nov - Thu 13 Dec 2018Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. The Historic Alabama Theatre is a Ticketmaster facility. Hirata and Morales were magical in the Grand pas de deux. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Listen to the latest episodes from Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers Tom Rogers and Tyrone Singleton as they explore the world of ballet and beyond in conversation, including the latest episodes with Baroness Deborah Bull, with England and Man City captain Steph Houghton, and with Dance Critic and Killing Eve author Luke Jennings . The supreme dancing of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Nutcracker Prince is filled with extraordinary leaps, spins, and elegant partnering. Nothing can match the overflowing of … Therefore, we ask your help in providing funds for the ongoing maintenance and care of these two beloved theatres. Of course the dancers rallied and rose to the challenges, but for all their hard work and expertise, the silence at the end of every dance was very harsh. This new, 80-minute magical experience will conjure up the most dazzling moments and characters from the timeless full-length show. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We can only honor event tickets purchased directly through Ticketmaster. The Historic Alabama Theatre is owned and operated by Birmingham Landmarks, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. In its journey through the decades with Birmingham Royal Ballet Sir Peter Wright's glorious production of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky's ravishing score, has undergone a number of twists, most recently by the company's artistic director Carlos Acosta to meet Covid-imposed constraints. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets. 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If there is a problem with your ticket, the only way that we can look it up in the ticketing system is if it was purchased from Ticketmaster. >> Complete list of DanceTabs Contributors and more info. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Buy Tickets Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster. Many thousands of you were able to get your annual Nutcracker fix in a different way this year and we were really pleased with all the positive feedback you gave us. This filmed version is without a Waltz of the Flowers and even without a coda for the Grand pas de deux but as with other pared down productions, it does not take away from the overall enjoyment. I wonder how many of us were clapping and cheering at home. The magical Christmas production will be streamed live from Birmingham’s REP Theatre on Friday 18 December at 7.30pm. Dazzling moments include an elegant flying angel floating gracefully high above the stage and elegant snowflakes twirling while Jack Frost flips merrily 20 feet overhead. 2019 is no exception as The Nutcracker returns to the Royal Albert Hall … It is with great disappointment that we have had to cancel Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall this year. Group Discounts: Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. 9. Moving this year to the historic Alabama Theatre… this production features elaborate costumes and sets along with the ambience of the “Showplace of the South” all dressed up for the holidays. You can watch The Nutcracker at The REP - livestream for just £15 per household. Hey everyone! ★★★★★ That BRB managed to get this on at all is a small miracle – and the undiminished determination with which the dancers attack their work inspires passion in us all. 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