Birmingham Royal Ballet Announces Outdoor Dance Displays

In partnership with Bournville’s Rowheath Pavilion and Sampad the Afternoon of Dance will include a demonstration class by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s professional dancers and solo displays from Birmingham Royal Ballet and Sampad.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is today pleased to announce an afternoon of outdoor dance displays in partnership with Rowheath Pavilion and Sampad (South Asian Arts and Heritage). Taking place on Monday 24 August or Tuesday 25 August (date to be confirmed on 21st August, subject to weather), the dance displays will be held on the picturesque terrace of the Rowheath Pavilion in Bournville from 1pm.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary of moving to the city in 1990, Birmingham Royal Ballet will be joined by dancers from fellow Birmingham company Sampad, which also commemorates its 30th Anniversary this year.

Attendees can enjoy an afternoon of world-class dance in the beautiful surroundings of Rowheath Pavilion. Sitting socially distanced on the Pavilion’s grounds audiences are encouraged to bring their picnic blankets and refreshments and take in the artistry of these two exquisite Birmingham companies.

Aishani Ghosh; photo: BBC Young Dancer

From 1pm – 2pm, audiences can enjoy the rare opportunity of watching Birmingham Royal Ballet’s professional dancers perform their daily ballet class accompanied by Company pianist Ross Williams; essential for every dancer to improve technique, prevent injury and be performance ready.

They will then be treated to two solo displays by Birmingham Royal Ballet’s professional dancers, The Dying Swan and Liebestod. The Dying Swan, will be danced by First Artist Alys Shee. This poignant piece, set to Camille Saint-Saëns’ Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des animaux, was originally choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova.

Liebestod, will be danced by Principal Brandon Lawrence. Accompanied by powerful music from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, Brandon will dance choreographer Valery Panov’s emotive solo piece, showcasing a wide range of technique and control.

The Company will be joined by two of Sampad’s highly trained dancers Anaya Bolar and Aishani Ghosh, who will bring TILLANA to life on the pavilion terrace. TILLANA is the concluding number in a Bharatanatyam recital and is a pure technical piece with complex movements and postures. Bharatanatyam is a Classical dance form that originates from the temples of southern India.

Embrace: Brandon Lawrence as He; photo: Dasa Wharton

Sampad’s mission is to connect people and communities with South Asian and British Asian arts and heritage and to play a cutting-edge role in the creative economy. The company support, commission and co-produce a huge variety of arts and heritage activities inspired by diverse artforms that originate from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Opened by the Cadbury family in 1924, Rowheath Pavilion was central to the sports and park complex in Bournville, which was used by the Cadbury workers and their families. Designed by John Ramsay Armstrong, Rowheath Pavilion occupies the highest part of the playing fields and as well as sports was used by workers as a place to meet and relax. Part of Rowheath Pavilion became a listed building in 2017, a sign of its enduring importance to the local community.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is currently working with other partners and venues in and around Birmingham to bring display events and shows to as wide an audience as possible, including a series of interactive Ballet? What’s that? events at Aston Hall on 20th September, as part of Birmingham Heritage Week.

*Featured Image – Anaya Bolar; photo: Simon Richardson

For confirmation of date and times please check from 21 August.
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