David Bintley announces departure from Birmingham Royal Ballet after 24 years

David Bintley. Photo: R Battye David Bintley. Photo: R Battye
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David Bintley has announced he will step down as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet after 24 years.

He leaves to pursue international opportunities to create new work and stage his ballets.

Bintley will leave in July 2019, having joined the Birmingham ballet company in 1995.

The search for his successor will begin shortly, however last week it was announced that Caroline Miller had been appointed interim chief executive for a 12-month period, replacing Jan Teo.

Bintley said he would look back on his years at the company as “the pinnacle of [his] life in dance”.

BRB chair, Michael Clarke, added that the company had gone from strength to strength under Bintley’s leadership, during which time he has choreographed more 10 full-length and 12 one-act ballets, as well as commissioning a further 21 ballets.