An Interview with David Bintley, CBE


David Bintley will be discussing (with Professor David Fuller) dance and beauty, on the basis of his work as a choreographer and as director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. The event takes place at 6.15 on 13th March in Elvet Riverside 201.

The discussion will range widely but will centre on three of David Bintley’s ballets: ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin CaféHobson’s Choice, and Cinderella.

David Bintley is one of the most important figures in British ballet. Formerly a dancer himself, distinguished in character roles from the pathos of the Fokine/Stravinsky Petrushka to the comedy of an Ugly Sister in Ashton’sCinderella, he has been director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet since 1995. His choreographies for the BRB and the Royal Ballet have been extensively performed. His many works include the social comedy of Hobson’s Choice (1989), the political ecology of ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café (1988), jazz ballets including Nutcracker Sweeties (1996), the adventurous, original and diverse subjects of Edward II (1995), the two-part Arthur (2000, 2002), and E=mc(2009), and retellings of myth and fairy-tale – Sylvia (2009), and Cinderella (2010). He has choreographed commissioned works for the Stuttgart Ballet and the National Ballet of Japan, of which he is also Artistic Director. The Birmingham Royal Ballet will be performing David Bintley’s Aladdin (commissioned for the National Ballet of Japan in 2008, to an original score by Carl Davis) in Sunderland from 14th to 16th March.

The interview will be concerned with a range of topics connected with the overall theme of the series, The Recovery of Beauty. Podcasts of previous lectures in this series are available to download now.

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