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March 2014

Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty

Wed, 19th March, 2014 @ 19:15pm - 21:50pm
SpArC Theatre
£8 – £11

Journey with The Royal Ballet to an enchanted world of princesses, fairy godmothers and magic spells in Petipa’s classic ballet, brought to life through Tchaikovsky’s incomparable score. Exquisite costumes by Franca Squarciapino and spectacular sets by the celebrated Italian art director Ezio Frigerio provide a brilliant visual feast. Live from the Royal Opera House.

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August 2014

Beastly Ballet – The Showcase

Fri, 1st August, 2014 @ 16:00pm - 17:45pm
SpArC Theatre
£3.00

Move over Darcey Bussell! Don't miss the final showcase of the Beauty and the Beast children's dance workshops with Birmingham Royal Ballet (part of the Lively Libraries project). Book for the 4.00pm showcase or later at 5.00pm.  

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October 2014

Royal Ballet: Manon

Thu, 16th October, 2014 @ 19:15pm - 22:00pm
SpArC Theatre
£8 – £12

Experience a masterclass in grace, beauty and elegance as Kenneth MacMillan’s acclaimed Manon makes a welcome return to the Royal Opera House. Manon Lescaut is a beautiful young woman who falls prey to the moral corruption of 18th-century Paris. Director Kenneth MacMillan brings Manon's story vividly to life, with his ballet, which evokes the brutality and decadence described in Abbé Prévost's infamous novel, as well as the feckless character of Manon herself - torn between love for the poet Des Grieux and her desire…

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December 2014

Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Tue, 16th December, 2014 @ 19:15pm - 22:00pm
SpArC Theatre
£8 – £12

Christopher Wheeldon's full-length ballet based on Lewis Carroll's book is an exuberant piece of storytelling featuring an instantly recognizable cast of characters, among them a tap-dancing Mad Hatter, a tetchy White Rabbit and a raucously bad-tempered Queen of Hearts. While regular ballet goers can appreciate nods to other famous works - there's a parody of the Rose Adagio from The Sleeping Beauty, for example, with jam tarts instead of flowers - the ballet is above all a brilliant, family friendly,…

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March 2015

Royal Ballet: Swan Lake

Tue, 17th March, 2015 @ 19:15pm - 22:00pm
SpArC Theatre
£8 – £12

Swan Lake, surely the greatest of all Romantic ballets, is the captivating story of a beautiful woman transformed into a swan, and a heart-rending tribute to the power of love. From the earliest days of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Swan Lake has been one of The Royal Ballet's signature works. In creating this production, Anthony Dowell aimed to return to an authentic version of the choreography created for the Mariinsky Theatre in 1895. The designs draw on the Russian Imperial Court…

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May 2015

Royal Ballet: La Fille Mal Gardée

Tue, 5th May, 2015 @ 19:15pm - 21:30pm
SpArC Theatre
£8 – £12

Frederick Ashton's final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, inspired by his love for the Suffolk countryside. La Fille displays some of Ashton's most virtuosic choreography - the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into…

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March 2016

San Francisco Ballet: Romeo and Juliet

Thu, 24th March, 2016 @ 19:00pm - 21:30pm
SpArC Theatre
£8 – £12

Immerse yourself in a world of “transcendent beauty and sumptuous intentions as well as dark and violent impulse” with Helgi Tomasson’s bravura interpretation of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet captured at the San Francisco Ballet. With its passionate choreography, spine-tingling swordsmanship, and celebrated score by Sergei Prokofiev, this passionate re-telling of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tragedy is a signature production for the ballet company and an eternal favourite with audiences around the world. "Tomasson lifts Shakespeare’s complex and familiar language off the gilded…

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June 2016

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty

Thu, 23rd June, 2016 @ 19:00pm - 21:30pm
SpArC Theatre
£8 – £12

Matthew Bourne’s smash-hit production was captured at the Bristol Hippodrome following the original sell-out UK tour. His haunting new scenario is a Gothic Romance that will delight dance fans of all ages. The story crosses the ages, beginning in 1890 at the christening of the heroine Princess Aurora during the Fin-de-Siecle period when fairies, vampires and decadent opulence fed the gothic imagination. As Aurora grows into a young woman, we move forward in time to the more rigid, uptight Edwardian…

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October 2016

The Australian Ballet ,Fairy Tale Series -The Sleeping Beauty

Thu, 6th October, 2016 @ 19:00pm - 21:30pm
SpArC Theatre
£10 – £12

Fairies, a prince and a spell-shattering kiss: don’t miss the world premiere of David McAllister’s The Sleeping Beauty in cinemas. This highly anticipated new production by the Artistic Director of The Australian Ballet takes history’s most loved fairy tale into the modern age, with lavish sets and costumes by Gabriela Tylesova and never-seen-before staging, designs and choreography. In a supernatural world of good and evil, Princess Aurora becomes cursed by a sorcerer on her sixteenth birthday, but by some fast thinking by…

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November 2016

The Australian Ballet, Fairy Tale Series- Cinderella

Thu, 24th November, 2016 @ 19:00pm - 21:30pm
SpArC Theatre
£10 – £12

      Witty, vibrant, glamorous and romantic, Alexei Ratmansky’s Cinderella will sweep you off your feet as this stunning production comes to cinemas. As Cinderella works to support her stepmother and sisters, she watches as they prepare for a magnificent ball being held by the Prince of the land, knowing that they will not permit her to attend. When they leave, she imagines herself dancing at the ball in a beautiful gown wishing that she could attend. The Fairy Godmother takes…

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