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It has been a very busy week for all invovled in BBandMe as we work on the show in the final intensive week.

Radio WM came in to rehearsal and interviewed some of the young people. Click on the links below and have a listen, it’s a really great interview.

It’s seven weeks until curtain up for Ballet, Birmingham and Me and their production of Cinderella and rehearsals are moving along at a rapid pace. The final pieces of dance are in the process of been choreographed and along side rehearsals the young people are attending ballet classes to perfect their technique. The pressure is stepping up but the young people continue to develop their characters and roles with eagerness and focus which is truly impressive. It promises to be a spectacular show.

It is not just rehearsals which are stepping up a gear, there is a hive of activity behind the scenes with costumes and props being made and the stage management team coming on board within the next few weeks. In preparation for the final weeks leading up to the show there is an intensive week of rehearsals, costume fittings and ballet classes. During this period the company will start to put together all the different dances to make the show; like one massive Jigsaw.

Sam Phillips, a past participant of Safahr, a project Birmingham Royal Ballet ran in 2004, is working as Assistant Director alongside the creative team and writes,

“The intensive week is hard work as you need to remember everything you have done, but it is also a very exciting time. You see the work you have done in rehearsals come together to create one show. Getting costumes fitted and seeing all the props makes you realise how much effort has been put in behind the scenes to make the show (and you) look amazing on stage.

It has been impressive watching the rehearsals tonight and noticing how much effort the young people are giving, the work they have been putting in really does show through in the high standard of dance I have seen tonight.

I cannot wait to see the whole show.”

Following a really positive summer period all the young people are now cast in their roles and work has begun bringing the wonderful new narrative to life – through dance!

With about 3 months to go the pressure on all is really stepping up as we work towards the performance on the 7th December 2010.

Essentially we have 5 teams (each comprising of 2 artists) choreographing the various scenes. The musical score has been divided up and every Tuesday evening we work with the young dancers to flesh out our plans.

It’s great to see the young people developing their characters and inputting their ideas into the process. Thus we are never short of ideas, if anything it’s often a case of what to leave out! At the end of every rehearsal session we close with a sharing of what’s been created that night. The young people’s support for one another and quality of work has been wonderful. There is a sense that the young dancers are exceeding not just the expectations of others but also of themselves. Obviously with a team of 10 choreographers consistency throughout the piece is a potential challenge. However, stylistically what’s emerging so far seems quite coherent with lots of references to BRB’s repertoire over the last fifteen years. Not surprising perhaps when one considers that the choreographic team combined has almost 100 years of Birmingham Royal Ballet performing experience!

The next stage in the process will be during the October half term intensive when we’ll get the chance to see what’s been created in its entirety, focus on the finer detail and link the various component parts together.

Watch this space…

Please wait a moment while the video loads below:

Youth Worker Paul Murphy and Charlotte from the Youth Arts board explain how casting has now been confirmed, and work on the story can step up a gear…

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