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Tue, Jul. 09, 2024, 7.30 pm - 9.45 pm | Main Stage

Guest Company: Birmingham Royal Ballet

Black Sabbath – The Ballet

Carlos Acosta is turning up the volume on Birmingham's musical legacy. Original Heavy Metal heroes, Black Sabbath, provide the soundtrack for "Black Sabbath - The Ballet".

Black Sabbath forged their unique sound in Birmingham Royal Ballet's home city. In "Black Sabbath – The Ballet" expect a spectacular theatrical evening featuring thrilling dance alongside full orchestrations of legendary Black Sabbath tracks such as "Paranoid" and "Iron Man", as well as new orchestral works inspired by their music - all performed live by the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.

In the second of three Birmingham-focussed commissions, Carlos Acosta was drawn to both the band's work and its musical legacy as the originators of Heavy Metal. This full-evening ballet promises to be a unique undertaking with three composers and three choreographers, led by renowned Choreographer Pontus Lidberg (whose work has been performed by the Swedish Royal Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet) and Composer Christopher Austin (whose work includes orchestrating the White Stripes music for Wayne McGregor's "Chroma") working alongside award-winning writer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer, The Opera) to create an extraordinary metal symphony over three acts. Black Sabbath themselves have been closely involved in developing this unique collaboration.

Director: Carlos Acosta
Original Music: Black Sabbath
Music Consultant: Tony Iommi
Lead Composer and Music Supervisor: Christopher Austin
Lead Choreographer and Artistic Director: Pontus Lidberg
Composers – Act I: Marko Nyberg, Christopher Austin
Choreographer – Act I: Raúl Reinoso
Composer – Act II: Sun Keting
Choreographer – Act II: Cassi Abranches
Composer and Orchestrator – Act III: Christopher Austin
Choreographer – Act III: Pontus Lidberg
Dramaturg: Richard Thomas
Designer: Alexandre Arrechea
Lighting Designer: K.J
Sound Production and Design: Joshua Blair
Metal Curator: Lisa Meyer

2 hours 15 minutes | 2 intermissions

Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, September 23, 2023

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Venue: Main Stage, Dammtorstraße 28, 20354 Hamburg
Prices: 7,00 EUR to 129,00 EUR

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