Elmhurst Ballet Company, the graduate year of Elmhurst Ballet School, presents Synergy, an evening of dance excerpts by some of the most influential figures in the history of ballet. These include Ninette de Valois’s Checkmate, widely regarded as de Valois’ signature ballet and a cornerstone of the British ballet repertoire. Excerpts from Frederick Ashton’s Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Peter Wright’s Swan Lake, and David Bintley’s Take Five also appear in the mix, and will be combined with new works, including a contemporary piece by Studio Wayne McGregor.
Synergy opens at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham on 7 & 8 February, followed by performances at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London, on 15 February 2020.
Elmhurst Ballet Company is the student company of Elmhurst Ballet School, the school in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Company bridges the gap between school and professional life, equipping students with the necessary skills and attributes to secure employment with world class dance companies. Company experience provides an opportunity for the dancers to produce their own work, tour, and take ballet into the community.
Synergy marks the second production and tour presented by Elmhurst Ballet Company. The company recently performed alongside London Schools Symphony Orchestra’s celebrations for Eleanor Alberga’s 70th birthday in a performance of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ at the Barbican in London.
Elmhurst Ballet School is a world-leader in ballet education and training based in the heart of Birmingham, and prepares talented and ambitious young dancers to take their place on the world stage. Elmhurst believes that talent is classless, and that world-leading ballet training should be open to gifted, passionate and committed young people, regardless of social and cultural background.
Photo credit: Elmhurst Ballet Company’s Emily Ormsby & Jakob Myers in ‘Checkmate’ excerpt. Photography Andrew Ross