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Romance features icons of the ballet.

THERE will be plenty of romance on stage when Birmingham Royal Ballet present two mixed bills this month.

The first, Sir Fred and Mr B on June 17-20, features the work of two of ballet's foremost choreographers, Sir Frederick Ashton and George Balanchine.

Ashton's Two Pigeons is a love story set to music by Andre Massager. It focuses on the romance between two young people when one decides to stray.

Alongside is Balanchine's Mozartiana - a piece of classical dance set to music by Tchaikovsky.

The second, Love and Loss on June 24-27, features a triple bill of Galanteries, The Dance House and The Dream.

Galanteries was created by BRB director David Bintley and has not been performed in Birmingham for ten years..

The Dance House is David's take on the medieval Danse Macabre to Shostakovich.

And the final piece is Frederick Ashton's The Dream which picks up Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream.

Tickets: 0844 338 5000 and w w w. b i r m i n g h a m h i p p o drome.



Robert Parker and Nao Sakuma in Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Two Pigeons
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Date:Jun 12, 2009
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