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Performer: David Bintley

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TokyoNew Year Ballet

New Year Ballet
Minkus, Stravinsky, Jeffes
Marius Petipa; George Balanchine; David Bintley; The National Ballet of Japan; Paul Murphy; Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra
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Traditional to the core: BRB's Giselle returns

Momoko Hirata (Giselle) and César Morales (Albrecht) © Bill Cooper
The welcome return of a thoughtful interpretation of this much-loved ballet  
****1
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Birmingham Royal Ballet's Beauty and the Beast

Delia Mathews (Bell) and Tyrone Singleton (the Beast) © Bill Cooper
A sumptuously designed example of English ballet at its best 
****1
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BRB's The Nutcracker* lights up the Royal Albert Hall

Birmingham Royal Ballet in The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall © Annabel Moeller
A unique marriage of production and performance space provides a spactacle synonymous withe spirit of Christmas 
****1
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BRB's Fire and Fury opens at Sadler's Wells

Max Maslen (Le Roi), Tyrone Singleton (Cardinal Mazarin) and artists of BRB in The King Dances © Andrew Ross
Birmingham Royal Ballet presents a double bill subtitled ‘Two ballets fuelled by power and politics’ as part of David Bintley’s last season as director. 
***11
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Plenty of life in Bintley's Penguin Café

Ruth Brill (The Great Auk) in Bintley's 'Still Life' at the Penguin Café © Andy Ross
It starts like a scene from Mary Poppins, with penguin waiters nimbly weaving between waltzing couples, but ends with a deft blow to the stomach to deliver its environmental message.
****1
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