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Birmingham Royal Ballet - Autumn Glory: Birmingham Hippodrome

by Midlands Entertainment

On Thursday, 6th October 2011, WinkBall video reporters Jack and Cash were at The Birmingham Hippodrome to see the performance of Autumn Glory by the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Autumn Glory is an ensemble of three different performances.

The first is ‘Checkmate: Ninette de Valois’. Choreography for Checkmate is a dramatic and stylised war of lust, trickery and betrayal. A gallant Red Knight, devoted to his king, is seduced and destroyed by the ruthless Black Queen in de Valois’ allegorical story of a game of chess played between Love and Death. With a score by Sir Arthur Bliss and iconic designs by E. McKnight Kauffer, the ballet prophetically anticipated the merciless savagery of World War II and, at nearly 75 years old, is deservedly one of the earliest English ballets still in the repertory.

The second is ‘Symphonic Variations’, where the pared-down purity of Frederick Ashton’s Symphonic Variations showcases technically brilliant dance from a master choreographer. Danced to César Franck’s exquisitely concise Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra, this ballet for six dancers is rightly hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces of English ballet.

The third is ‘Pineapple Poll’. With the aid of a foot-tapping medley of the best of Gilbert and Sullivan, and the comic choreographic touch of John Cranko, Pineapple Poll is a 3-D cartoon classic! When dashing Captain Belaye arrives in town, the female population, Poll included, swoon! Whilst half-heartedly dodging the attentions of Jasper, the local inn’s Potboy, she finds herself leading a band of desperate, lovelorn ladies. When will the oblivious Captain Belaye notice that his crew have mysteriously shrunk and aren’t at home in their beards?

See what Audience members thought of tonight’s performance as well as hearing what they had to say about the Birmingham Hippodrome as a venue for Ballet. This is also your chance to have your say by recording your views to this video wall.

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