For all the latest on birmingham royal ballets response to the ongoing covid19 outbreak, please visit our dedicated page for updates. All the boxes have been ticked, says birmingham royal ballet principal dancer chi cao, reflecting on his stage career that closed at the end of june this year. Audiences and critics agree that birmingham royal ballets production of the nutcracker is the best in the world with a breathtaking set, dazzling costumes and stunning dancers, this really is a christmas treat for the whole family. Chi cao of maos last dancer guest starring as nutcracker. For all the latest on birmingham royal ballet s response to the ongoing covid19 outbreak, please visit our dedicated page for updates. American audiences may be most familiar with chi caos work on the big screen. As the 201718 season comes to a close, birmingham royal ballet is delighted to announce promotions and new joiners. March 22, 1978 is a british ballet dancer born in china cao was born in shanghai, the son of a dance teacher and a musician. Fri 23 nov thu dec 2018 join young clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a sugar plum fairy. Birmingham royal ballet the nutcracker 2019 birmingham.
This diverse history is reflected in brbs diverse repertory. Chi cao, principal dancer with englands birmingham royal ballet and star of the film maos last dancer, performs the role of the prince at several performances of houston ballets the. Chi cao studied dance at the beijing dance academy and the royal ballet school. Double your support for the ballet by participating in the big give. Chi cao as the prince birminghams plush and fl eetfooted version was made by peter wright in 1990 and is notably different from his russianstyle royal ballet version of 1984. Chi cao continues to execute the finest performance, securing his place at the forefront. Maos last dancer star to guest perform in the nutcracker. The royal ballet have over the years honed the nutcracker to perfection. Birmingham royal ballet says farewell to six dancers at the end of the 201718. The birmingham royal ballet dvd from amazons movies store. Peter wrights productions of coppelia franz, the nutcracker prince, the sleeping beauty. What better way to celebrate the festive season than giving a christmas gift to the birmingham royal ballet it will help fund the creation of new ballets that you then get the joy of watching.
Birmingham royal ballet return to birmingham hippodrome for its 30th anniversary performances of the evergreen production of the nutcracker, part of birminghams christmas tradition since 1990. Birmingham royal ballet says farewell to six dancers at the end of the 201718 season, including principals nao sakuma, chi cao and jenna roberts who give their final performances in. Birmingham royal ballets evergreen production of the nutcracker has been part of the citys christmas tradition since 1990 and returns to birmingham hippodrome in november 2019. Eight dancers, including principals nao sakuma, chi cao and jenna roberts, took their final curtain calls at the end of. Birmingham royal ballet return with the nutcracker. Chi cao, chinese ballet dancer now a principal with the birmingham royal ballet interview maos last dancer star chi cao recently, danceractor chi cao came to toronto to promote the current release of the excellent film maos last dancer. Birmingham royal ballets production of the nutcracker is the christmas gift that keeps giving. Birmingham royal ballets the nutcracker, with choreography by peter wright, lev ivanov and vincent redmon, was a magical evening of pure nostalgia. Birmingham royal ballets the nutcracker enchants the west. Chi recently embarked on an acclaimed acting career playing li cunxin in the inspirational. This production features chi cao, world renowned dancer from birmingham royal ballet and star of maos last dancer, as cavalier. A principal dancer with birmingham royal ballet, chi cao is described as a virtuoso classical dancer. Book early for the best choice of seats and widest range of concessions.
Houston ballets the nutcracker has international flair. Founded as the sadlers wells theatre ballet, the company was established in 1946 as a sister company to the earlier sadlers wells company, which moved to the royal opera house that same year, subsequently becoming known as the royal ballet. Birmingham royal ballet 2006 nutcracker poster with elisha willis and chi cao. With him are principal dancers chi cao and nao sakuma. Every year, tens of thousands spend the end of december with us and birmingham royal ballet. The birmingham hippodromes prepanto seasonal family treat an established tradition since 1990, when the city proudly acquired its resident ballet company, the birmingham royal is peter wrights magical and majestic production of tchaikovskys the nutcracker. Chi cao, star of the feature film maos last dancer, leads cast of ballet hawaiis nutcracker ballet hawaii is thrilled to announce that chi cao, birmingham royal ballet principal dancer and star of the bruce beresford film maos last danc. After joining the company together in 1995, nao sakuma and chi cao have led birmingham royal ballet in the classical repertoire for 23 years. For the first time ever, birmingham royal ballet brought the nutcracker to the royal albert hall in 2017. Everything, the dancing, the stage, the lighting, all are superb. All the boxes have been ticked, says birmingham royal ballet principal dancer chi cao, reflecting on his stage career that closed at the end of june this. Birmingham royal ballet the nutcracker 2015 birmingham. When he was four years old, the family moved to beijing. Join us in 2020 to celebrate the 30th anniversary performances of nutcracker.
Birmingham royal ballet gold medal, varna international ballet competition, 1998 payed the role of the adult dancer in the movie maos last dancer 2009. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Nao sakuma as the sugar plum fairy and chi cao as the prince in the. Birmingham royal ballet says farewell to six dancers at the end of the 201718 season, including principals nao sakuma, chi cao and jenna roberts who give their final performances in june 2018 following long successful careers. Birmingham royal ballets the nutcracker, with choreography by peter wright, lev ivanov and vincent redmon, was a magical evening of pure. Birmingham royal ballet nutcrackers, novemberdecember. In 1998, chia cao won the gold medal of the varna international ballet competition and. In the upper room peter wrights productions of coppelia franz, the nutcracker prince, the sleeping beauty prince florimund, bluebird and. Looking back, looking forwards with birmingham royal ballets chi. In 1995, he became a member of the birmingham royal ballet. Welcome hi, were birmingham royal ballet but you can call us brb. Birmingham royal ballet it was 1990 when sir peter wright gave birmingham the nutcracker as its first christmas present from the then newly arrived birmingham royal ballet and it is a present which is still as fresh and enchanting today as it was 23 years ago. Birmingham royal ballet promotions and new joiners for. The nutcracker, birmingham royal ballet, photos by dasa wharton.
Birmingham royal ballet s the nutcracker, with choreography by peter wright, lev ivanov and vincent redmon, was a magical evening of pure nostalgia, through. Looking back, looking forwards with birmingham royal. A beautiful, precise dancer with jumps akin to baryshnikov, he is described on the birmingham royal ballets website as a virtuoso classical dancer. Beginning this friday, chi cao, a principal dancer with englands birmingham royal ballet and star of the internationally acclaimed film maos last dancer, will perform the role of the prince in the nutcracker at 7. Balancing pointe 12 chi caobirmingham royal ballet balancing. Still very lovely but quite different just as the enb in the round swan lake is different from the col. Birmingham royal ballet says farewell to six dancers at the end of. Birmingham royal ballet dancer departures for the 201718 season. Nao sakuma as the sugar plum fairy and chi cao as the prince in the nutcracker by birmingham royal ballet. Birmingham royal ballet brb is one of the three major ballet companies of the united kingdom, alongside the royal ballet and the english national ballet. A principal dancer with birmingham royal ballet, chi cao is. This sister company would later become the birmingham royal ballet but at this point it continued to change and accrue different names. In 1998 he won the gold medal at the varna international ballet competition. Peter wrights productions of coppelia franz, the nutcracker prince, the.
A chorus of leaping rats, dashing soldiers and beautiful ballerinas combine to complete the lineup of world class dancers. Birmingham royal ballet dancer nao sakuma stars in swan. From 1955 to 1977, having left its base at the sadlers wells theatre to perform in theatres all around the country, it. Ive been very lucky and im very grateful that ive been able to do everything that i wanted to do when i was a kid. Birmingham royal ballet thorp street, b5 4au birmingham, united kingdom rated 4. Birmingham royal ballet dancer departures for the 201718. Sir peter wright celebrating his 80th birthday at the birmingham hippodrome with the birmingham royal ballet company of nutcracker.
He portrays li cunxin in the motion picture maos last dancer. Known as the christmas ballet, companies the world over stage and restage their own interpretations. Both renowned for their refined, virtuoso technique and sensitive dramatic interpretations, the pair have enjoyed a beautifully matched partnership. Birmingham royal ballets nao sakuma birmingham live.1002 214 1157 120 872 357 520 255 1450 1340 926 998 1354 1553 505 1126 868 266 885 1284 1131 541 399 536 768 234 724 970 555 965 45 1173 1427 687 1060 1222 132 1438 1435 1041 723 679 1379 819