Birmingham Royal Ballet Announces The World Premiere of Black Sabbath – The Ballet

Black Sabbath - The Ballet

The new ballet will premiere at Birmingham Hippodrome in September 2023.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of Europe’s leading ballet companies, a true powerhouse in classical ballet and contemporary dance. Black Sabbath – The Ballet will grow on this company’s success and will also have further dates for Autumn 2023 at Theatre Royal Plymouth and Sadler’s Wells London to be announced soon.

A full-length, three-act, Ballet Now commission, this brand-new work brings together a host of international creatives including lead Swedish choreographer Pontus Lidburg, Cuban designer Alexandra Arrechea, Tony Award-winning composer Christopher Austin with additional choreographers Raúl Reinoso and Cassi Abranches and composers Marko Nyberg and Sun Keting. Richard Thomas is the dramaturg for the project and lighting design is by Kieron Johnson.

These are Paranoid, Ironman, War Pigs, Solitude, Orchid, Laguna Sunrise and Sabbath. The music will be re-orchestrated for the Royal Ballet Sinfonia with new compositions inspired by Black Sabbath also performed live by the orchestra. Guitars and drums will also be integrated into the performance on stage.

Black Sabbath – The Ballet is the second Birmingham-focused commission from Carlos Acosta. The first, City of a Thousand Trades which looked at the city’s industrial heritage and multicultural communities, premiered in 2021.

Black Sabbath – The Ballet heads to Birmingham Hippodrome from 23-30 September. Further information is available on their website.

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