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BRB2 Mason King and Mailene Katoch in Swan Lake Pa de deux Photo Johan Persson

Returns with breathtaking performances of Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection

Following its spectacular opening performance in 2023, which left audiences enthralled and wanting more, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s BRB2 returns with more performances of Carlos Acosta’s Classical Selection from some of the very best young dancers from around the world. This new tour comes to Royal & Derngate for two performances on Saturday 25 May.

BRB2 features some of the brightest young stars in the ballet world, hailing from the UK, USA, Ukraine, France, Germany, New Zealand and Australia, and offers a unique opportunity for audiences to be the first to see ballet’s elite rising stars on stage.The five original members of the 2023 cohort, who will join the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company as Artists at the end of the current season, are Jack Easton, Frieda Kaden, Maïlène Katoch, Mason King and Oscar Kempsey Fagg.

In this second year they are joined by five new members of the company. They are Ariana Allen (UK/Royal Ballet School), Alisa Garkavenko (Ukraine/Princess Grace Academy), Thomas Hazelby (UK/Royal Ballet School), Alexandra Manuel (USA/Royal Ballet School) and Alfie Shacklock (UK/Australia/Royal Ballet School).

The programme for the 2024 UK tour includes the world premiere of Mirrored, a wholly new duet created by William Tuckett for BRB2. Further pas de deux include Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody; August Bournonville’s most famous ballet La Sylphide; the love duet from Swan Lake; Carlos Acosta’s take on Fokine’s The Dying Swan which features two dancers instead of one and Ben Stevenson’s End of Time set to Rachmaninov's gloriously melancholic Sonata in G Minor. The second half includes Gustavo Mollajoli’s A Buenos Aires celebrating the spirit of tango, the iconic Edith Piaf’s Je ne regrette rien choreographed by Ben Van Cauwenbergh and the sizzling Carmen pas de deux choreographed by Acosta.

The music for End of Time and Dying Swans will be performed live by Jeanette Wong and Antonio Novais. Jeanette will also perform two solo piano pieces by Ravel to accompany the new Will Tuckett duet Mirrored.

Full Tour - Listings information

  • The Lighthouse Poole: Sat 18 May 2.30pm & 7.45pm
  • Northampton Royal and Derngate: Sat 25 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • Marlowe Theatre Canterbury: Wed 29 May 2.30pm & 7.30pm
  • New Theatre Peterborough: Sat 1 June 2.30pm & 7pm

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