Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…
It’s that time again – our resident company, Birmingham Royal Ballet have returned to our main stage with another season of sensational dance.
This February we have two exciting performances from the company; Three of a Kind is a triple bill packed full of witty pieces telling the tales of card games, gangsters and much more. Then, from 25 Feb we host the company’s newest work in it’s first performance here at Birmingham Hippodrome, The Prince of the Pagodas. This fresh and exciting piece is a magical journey full of colourful characters and costumes.
Talking of costumes, with such a kaleidoscope of people and places to represent, the wardrobe department have been working tirelessly to prepare for the productions.
I took a walk around backstage to get some exclusive pics as the endless rails of costumes were prepared to make their way on to stage…
Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…
Step beyond the double doors to the right hand side of Birmingham Hippodrome’s Stage Door and you enter a world of endless corridors strewn with hanging costumes, wig stands and piles of pointe shoes.
Backstage at Birmingham Royal Ballet is a Labyrinth of rooms housing various backstage departments who come together to put a show on stage. Departments you pass include Wigs, Shoe Master, Costume, Fabric Store, Costume Store and many, many more.
When watching a show on stage it is quite easy to forget all the hours and man power that goes into creating a ballet of the scale that BRB present, but without these various departments and skilled workers the show simply could not go on.
Take a look below at a picture gallery of some of the backstage spaces and highlights to get a sense of exactly what goes on behind the scenes and the extra detail that goes into every single costume…
BRB’s Coppelia plays until 8 June and Giselle runs 19 – 22 June, for tickets & info click here.
Rows, upon rows of dresses hang ready for showtime
Shoes! Glorious Shoes!
Dr Coppelius’s costume
One of 100’s of hats used in the production
A very grand, long wig for Father Time
Boxes of wigs are used in just the one production
Detailed hats belonging to many characters in the show
What says ballet more than these beautiful pink dresses?
Corridors of costume!
Wicker crates hold costumes, wigs and shoes…
Backstage outside WNO’s Wardrobe Department…