Birmingham Royal Ballet to hold first relaxed performance

Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Bill Cooper Birmingham Royal Ballet's The Sleeping Beauty. Photo: Bill Cooper
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Birmingham Royal Ballet has announced its first ever relaxed performance.

The Sleeping Beauty is being adapted to cater for those on the autistic spectrum, with a learning disability or a sensory and communication disorder.

Taking place on February 20 at the Birmingham Hippodrome, the ballet will have a shorter running time, with changes to lighting, sound and seating.

It is the first time the company has staged a relaxed performance, a practice that has become increasingly common in theatre.

The company’s director David Bintley said: “It’s a chance for family and friends to experience the magic of live performance together in an adapted environment where formal theatre rules don’t apply.”

Birmingham Royal Ballet also has announced Sleeping Beauty Dreams, a programme that gives dance students of all ages the opportunity to perform alongside the company’s dancers. It will take place over four months, focusing on developing dance talent in the region, culminating in a performance on February 19.

Both initiatives coincide with the company’s national tour of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, which is choreographed by Marius Petipa.

After performances at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre, The Sleeping Beauty runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from February 13 to 24 before touring to Salford, Cardiff and Plymouth.