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Three Short Works

IDFB 2014 & Birmingham Royal Ballet presents

Three Short Works

Birmingham Royal Ballet

24 - 26 Apr in the Main House at 7.30pm | Matinee: Sat 26 April at 2.30pm

After the success of the Company's 2012 performances, Birmingham Royal Ballet returns to International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 with two new commissions from young choreographers (Kit Holder and Alexander Whitley).

Thursday 24 & Friday 25 April 7.30pm - Quatrain/Kin./Les Rendezvous

Saturday 26 April 2.30pm & 7.30pm - Quatrain/Kin./Façade


Inspired by the fantastically exciting and vibrant tango rhythms of Astor Piazzolla's The Four Season's of Buenos Aires, Company First Artist Kit Holder creates his third ballet for the Company. Following the success of his previous work, 9-5, which featured in IDFB 2012, these premiere performances of his latest work are keenly anticipated.


An exciting new ballet from Royal Opera House Choreographic Affiliate, Sadler's Wells New Wave Associate and former Birmingham Royal Ballet dancer, Alexander Whitley. The ballet, to music by young American composer Phil Kline, will receive it's premiere at IDFB 2014. Not to be missed!


A huge hit when it was first performed in 1933, Les Rendezvous was the first ballet in which Ashton put aside the comedy for which he was known and concentrated on pure technique. Loosely based round a group of friends meeting up in a park, the ballet is a series of fiercly difficult divertissements which give the whole cast the chance to show off their virtuosity.


Finally, based on Edith Sitwell's deliciously nonsensical poetry, Façade embraces the fun of it all with whole-hearted and wilful abandon. Be entertained by a series of delightful characters dancing tangos, foxtrots and waltzes, all with their tongues firmly in their cheeks. Choreographed in 1931, Façade was Sir Frederick Ashton's first big hit, and is full of the gentle comedy he is known and loved for - an enjoyable break from the sanity of everyday life!

Creative Team


Music: Phil Kline
Choreography: Alexander Whitley

Les Rendezvous

Music: Daniel Auber
Arranged and orchestrated by: Constant Lambert
Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Designs: Anthony Ward
Lighting: John B. Read


Music: Astor Piazzolla
Choreography: Kit Holder


Music: William Walton
Choreography: Frederick Ashton
Design: John Armstrong
Lighting: Peter Teigen

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Tickets: Adult: £19 | OAP & Unwaged: £16 | Child U16, Student & U25: £11

(Includes booking fee)

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