News: New home for Birmingham Royal Ballet

Wednesday 28 January 2015 by Clare Evans

Darcey Bussell with Dance Track student Richard Kamara (age 10)  
Photo: Roy Smiljanic

The Birmingham Royal Ballet has recently raised the curtain on its new look home at the Birmingham Hippodrome complex. Following a dramatic transformation, the new space was unveiled to a selection of invited guests who have supported the fundraising campaign including Campaign for the Future President, Darcey Bussell CBE.

“It is a pleasure to join Birmingham Royal Ballet this week as they welcome everyone to their beautiful new home following a £2.7m transformation of its facilities”, Ms Bussell said at the unveiling, “…it is so rewarding to see the results of a fundraising effort that has enabled a company close to my heart to continue to be a first-class rehearsal facility for its dancers, staff and the wider public who can all enjoy this marvellous creative space.

“The transformation of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s building is a key milestone of our Campaign for the Future. Our goal now is to secure the remaining £2.5m of our £15m target to ensure the studios are bursting with new work by world-leading choreographers as well as creative opportunities for local people to discover, take part and excel in classical ballet.”

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s home remained untouched for 24 years after it moved from London to Birmingham in 1990. This major refurbishment is thanks to a grant of £1.85m from Arts Council England and the company’s own Campaign for the Future.

Christopher Barron, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Chief Executive said, “The refurbished facilities will enable an increased delivery of community work in-house offering unique, first-hand experience of dance and Birmingham Royal Ballet.”

Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of the United Kingdom’s leading classical ballet touring companies, performing a range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as groundbreaking new works. The company performs at Birmingham Hippodrome for approximately 10 weeks of the year and the remainder of the year is made up of touring throughout the United Kingdom and overseas.

Birmingham Royal Ballet bring Serenade / Carmina burana to the London Coliseum from 19 – 21 March. More in our listings.

Photo: Roy Smiljanic

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