Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 2009-10 season heralds the start of celebrations to commemorate the company’s 20 years in the city.The season opened with BRB’s triple bill ‘Quantum Leaps’. Three strongly contrasting ballets beginning with the fluid and sensual ‘Powder’ followed by the intriguing and exhilarating ‘E=mc²’ and finally the very contemporary and dramatic ‘The Centre and its Opposite’
First conceived and choreographed in 1998 by the Australian choreographer Stanton Welch. This 18th century-meets-modern day fantasia is set to Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major. Welch described the ballet as loosely based on the idea that the muses that inspired Mozart were given new life each time the music was played.
’There was clearly a sadness and a passion and a sex to it but there was also a twinkle in his eye’
The ballet is fluid and sensual, celebrating nostalgia, beauty and joy.
Charles Willmott was invited to attend dress rehearsals to observe and prepare reference material from which this collection of works was prepared.