Birmingham Royal Ballet ‘City of a Thousand Trades’

Sun 13 June 2021, 19:30, 20:30 & 21:30

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The online premiere of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s love letter to Birmingham, City of a Thousand Trades, commissioned by the Company’s director Carlos Acosta.

 

Birmingham became known as the City of a Thousand Trades at the height of the Industrial Revolution when skilled workers migrated to the city from throughout the Commonwealth, creating a melting pot of cultures; this thrilling new ballet celebrates the city’s richly diverse cultural and industrial heritage.

City Of A Thousand Trades Tyrone Singleton Alys Shee C Tom Mayfield
© Tom Mayfield

The ballet, filmed on the stage of Birmingham Repertory Theatre just before the broadcast, is brought to the stage by Havana-born choreographer Miguel Altunaga, and dramaturg and co-Director Madeleine Kludje from The REP, with music by Mathias Coppens, inspired by the City’s soundscape, including its legacy as the birthplace of Heavy Metal.

This performance will be screened three times at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm BST (British Summer Time).

The 9:30pm stream will include an audio description.

In conversation: Miguel Altunaga, Madeleine Kludje and Carlos Acosta

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Carlos Headshot: © Johan Persson

Havana-born choreographer Miguel Altunaga, and dramaturg and co-Director Madeleine Kludje from THE REP talk with Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director, Carlos Acosta, about the inspiration behind the creation of City of a Thousand Trades.

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Running time: 30 mins

 

 


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This performance will be screened three times at 7.30pm, 8.30pm and 9.30pm BST (British Summer Time).

The 9:30pm stream will include an audio description.

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