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We are seeing more and more amazing talent come to Peterborough and this week there’s a real highlight for dance fans as Birmingham Royal Ballet visit the city for the first time.

You have the chance to see their rising stars at the New Theatre Peterborough on May 3 and May 4 as part of new company, BRB2’s, inaugural tour.

Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of the world's great companies, a true powerhouse in classic ballet and contemporary dance. Now they have a brand new initiative. BRB2 invites some of the best young ballet graduates from around the world to join a two-year performance programme, providing extensive training and professional experience, sending developed, professional dancers back into the dance sector.

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First Soloist Kit Holder will lead BRB2 as Artistic Coordinator the first year. Along with Carlos Acosta, Kit has developed the exciting production Carlos Acosta's Classical Selection, which marks BRB2’s touring debut, a show designed to showcase the brilliant technique and virtuoso promise of these young dancers.

Kit Holder said – “BRB2 will not only ensure that young professional dancers joining Birmingham Royal Ballet will be ready to deliver world-class performances in a wide range of roles, but they, along with those going on to other companies and organisations, will be ready to make a positive contribution to the wider dance world.”

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Their performances will feature sparkling classical highlights from Frederick Ashton’s Rhapsody, created in 1981 for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Lesley Collier, Carlos’s own temperature-raising Carmen, Bournonville’s delightful La Sylphide, Petipa’s explosive Diana and Actaeon pas de deux, and Carlos’s own new interpretation of Fokine’s The Dying Swan, featuring two dancers.

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Landmark Theatres (formally Selladoor Venues) are also taking part in an exciting new project with Birmingham Royal Ballet where two primary schools in Peterborough (Lime Academy Abbotsmede and Lime Academy Watergall) will work with BRB and their local Talent & Participation department over the course of a year to help develop an interest and future audience for dance in the city. Students will take part in multiple workshops, Q&A's and Go & See opportunities and the project will culminate in a week long rehearsal period where students will develop and perform a curtain raiser performance when BRB visits in 2024.

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George Barnett, Talent and Participation Manager for the New Theatre Peterborough said – “This project will enable over 60 disengaged children and their families in Peterborough the opportunity to experience ballet and the New Theatre potentially for the very first time. This is Landmark Theatres most ambitious Talent & Participation project (based in Peterborough) to date and we are so excited to be able to work with students and teachers for an entire year.”

Photo: Johan Persson

BRB2 will be at the New Theatre Peterborough on Wednesday May 3 (7.30pm) and Thursday May 4 (2.30pm & 7.30pm). Tickets start from £14 and can be purchased in person from the box office at the Key Theatre on Embankment Road, over the phone on 01733 852992 or at

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