Olivier Awards – Congratulations to dance superstar Sylvie Guillem, Wicked, and Crystal Pite

The Royal Opera House was the setting for last night’s Olivier awards and we are delighted that two of the productions we had on our stage last year came out on top in their respective categories.

So, huge congratulations to Crystal Pite  who won Outstanding Achievement in Dance  for her choreography of The Tempest Replica, Sadler’s Well.    Tempest Replica was  performed on our stage as part of the Award Winning International Dance Festival Birmingham 2014 which we  co-produce with our partner DanceXchange.

And congrats also go  to Wicked at the Apollo Theatre (London production) for winning the This Morning Audience Award.  Well deserved too as we really enjoyed a memorable summer run of  the touring production here at the theatre last year.

Lastly, special congratulations to dance superstar Sylvie Guillem who received a Special Award for her contribution to dance.  Ms Guillem only  ever performed on the Hippodrome stage outside London as part of the 2012 and 2014 International Dance Festivals so we  are honoured that Ms  Guillem has chosen the Hippodrome  to dance her very last UK performances here in September.


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Life In Progress  features both existing and new works by choreographers who have influenced her spectacular career.  This is the last chance to see one of the world’s best-loved dancers and we are expecting huge demand for tickets.  Prior to the Hippodrome dates she will perform at Sadler’s Wells London and Edinburgh Festival.

For the full list of winners  go to  Olivier Awards website  #Olivierawards

Local young talent dance alongside professional stars…


Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

After months and months of rehearsal, the week is finally here where twenty two young men and boys from Birmingham, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Tamworth, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull, Coventry and Leicester will take to the stage to dance alongside professional dancers from Matthew Bourne’s renowned dance company, New Adventures’ in Lord of the Flies.

These Midlands based performers, aged from 10 to 20 years old, have stood out among over 300 young hopefuls who have taken part in workshops and auditions over the past few months as part of Birmingham Hippodrome’s ongoing Hippodrome Plus projects, this time finding the best male dance talent in the region, even encouraging those who have never participated in dance before.

The twenty two young cast members are; William Cornish, 18, from Solihull; Khalid Daley, 17, from Birmingham; Jacob Goodchild, 17, from Telford; Brad Guest, 17, from Wolverhampton; Dereece Leigh-Gayle, 17, from Halesowen; Declan Lewis, 16, from Dudley; Harry Ondrak-Wright, 16, from Wolverhampton; Callum Osbourne, 18, from Wolverhampton; Zach Parkin, 16, from Tamworth, Ben Powney,17, from Solihull; Hugo von Fragstein, 20, from Stratford-Upon-Avon; Louis Williams, 17, from Leegomery; Christopher Wilson, 17, from Hockley; Tom Hammond, 10, from Tamworth; Ethan Daly, 13, from Tamworth, Jack Dolaghan, 11, from Birmingham; Joel Fassard-Jones, 12, from Leicester; Fenton Lockley, 11, from Birmingham; Enrique Ngbokota, 11, from Elmhurst School in Birmingham; Harvey Powell, 12, from Coventry; Nat Sweeny, 11, from Moseley and Alexander Joe Townsend Love, 13, from Leicester.

Break a leg to all of the cast and don’t miss your chance to see this extraordinary event this Wed-Sat. For more info & tickets click here.

Breakin’ Convention line-up revealed!

Press & PR Assistant Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) writes…

We are so, so excited to welcome Breakin’ Convention back to Birmingham Hippodrome again in 2014, and this year promises one of the best line-ups yet!

The great thing about the show is that the stage is shared by professional hip hop artists from across the globe with the elite of local talent from Birmingham and the West Midlands – giving our local crews the chance to shine in front of 1,800 people each night.

On Tuesday, the local line-up is set to include self-taught all male crew, Antics who were among the finalists in Sky’s Got to Dance; Staffordshire’s Company Elite featuring dancers aged between 9 and 20 plus a duo of performers Marius and Andrei who have developed their work through various Birmingham Hippodrome projects including Jonzi D’s Open Art Surgery last Summer.

Wednesday night will see more home grown highlights including the return of 15 dancers from Birmingham’s Dance Nuvo who have performed at the festival in 2007, 2009 and 2012; Nottingham’s NuProjeks with a crew of 8 performers aged 10-30 and Birmingham’s Jigsaw. Wednesday’s line-up is completed by the incredible Youtube sensation B-Girl Terra from Fallings Park in Wolverhampton. At just 6 years old B-Girl Terra has now gained over 6 million Youtube views after her show-stopping performance at the Pro Chelles international dancing competition in Paris and has been invited to perform on huge popular entertainment programmes including America’s Ellen Degeneres show; take a look at her incredible performance here…

Sharing the stage with Birmingham’s best are renowned hip hop artists from across the globe. Returning after a rave reception in 2012, ILL-Abilities are a company of dancers from across the continents with varying disabilities as they challenge the misconceptions and supposed limits around disability. Wanted Posse head across the channel from France fresh from multi-award winning performances and being hailed as one of the country’s leading and longest running hip hop dance companies. The UK’s Ukweli Roach rounds up the professional line up; having trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA), Ukweli brings his unique brand of hip hop storytelling to the festival.

Don’t miss your chance to see all of these great performers in two nights of ultimate hip hop! Click here for more details and to book.

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