BRB Moving Stateside

Birmingham Royal Ballet - Moving Stateside


Tuesday 24 - Wednesday 25 March 2015 Download Calendar

The Lyric


Three ballets spanning nearly a century of US creativity, from George Balanchine’s earliest American creation to one of the Company’s most recent commissions.

Serenade is a stunning piece of pure dance from master-choreographer George Balanchine, performed to the glorious music of Tchaikovsky. Wearing romantic costumes in shades of blue, dancers move elegantly on a bare stage, set against a midnight blue background. A milestone in the history of dance, Serenade is the first original ballet Balanchine created in America.

Jessica Lang’s Lyric Pieces, commissioned for International Dance Festival Birmingham 2012, was one of the highlights of that season and makes a welcome return. For her first piece for a major European company, award-winning American choreographer Lang used the romantic musical miniatures by Norwegian master Edvard Grieg and complemented them with a hand-picked design team, creating a ballet which The Stage described as ‘a ballet of dreams and romantic moods which succeeds beautifully’.

In the Upper Room features dancers in trainers and striking red pointe shoes who dominate the stage with energy, flair and finesse in this exhilarating, athletic ballet by American dance phenomenon Twyla Tharp. Philip Glass’s score builds to an emotional peak with dancing that the press described as ‘quick-witted and even quicker footed’. A high-octane, all-American evening!

Running Time: approximately 2 hours 25 minutes including two intervals

Pricing & Concessions

Full Price:
£15.20 – £37.70

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.

Under 16s, Student, Unwaged, Young Company
£12.70 tickets A, B & C (Tue & Wed 7.30pm)

Over 60s, Disabled:
£5 off A & B (Tue & Wed 7.30pm)

Corporate Members:
£5 off A & B (Wed 7.30pm)

TRAC & BRB Friends:
£20.70 tickets A, B & C (Tue 7.30pm)

People’s Company:
£3.50 off A & B (Tue & Wed 7.30pm)

Groups of 10+:
£1.50 off A, B & C

Groups of 20+:
£2.50 off A, B & C

Groups of 40+:
£3.50 off A, B & C

School groups of 10+:
£10 tickets (all performances)

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee. Concessions exclude price band E in The Lyric.


Twyla Tharp’s explosive 40-minute piece of absolute delight is a dead cert winner.

What's On Stage on In the Upper Room

I think this is the single most exciting piece of dance I have ever seen.

The Stage on In the Upper Room

One of the most bewitching sights in ballet.

Daily Telegraph on Serenade

A ballet of dreams and romantic moods which succeeds beautifully.

The Stage on Lyric Pieces
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