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Birmingham Royal Ballet director quits Japan role

David Bintley steps down as artistic director of the National Ballet of Japan

David Bintley
David Bintley

Birmingham Royal Ballet director David Bintley is stepping down as artistic director of the National Ballet of Japan.

Mr Bintley will make his last trip to Tokyo, while heading up the overseas dance company, next month.

During his trip he will oversee the re-staging of his production The Prince of Pagodas, which he created especially for the National Ballet of Japan in 2011 to huge critical acclaim.

Mr Bintley was in charge of the Japanese ballet company alongside his directorship of Birmingham Royal Ballet for four years.

He had previously held the post of artistic advisor with the company in 2008.

His involvement with the Japanese company was noted in 2005 during the hugely successful production of his own Carmina burana in Tokyo.

Christopher Barron, chief executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: "We are thrilled that David's time in Japan was so successful.

"It was a truly collaborative relationship between Birmingham Royal Ballet, David and the National Ballet of Japan.

"David was able to combine both posts, creating many opportunities for co-operation between the two companies, both on and off stage.

"The sharing of production costs of making two brand new full-length ballets has meant that Birmingham Royal Ballet has been able to showcase new work at an enviable rate.

"There have also been opportunities for company dancers, technical and artistic staff to work with the National Ballet of Japan in Tokyo and vice versa, thereby providing valuable experience for members of both companies.

"It has also been an unquestionable boost to the international reputation of Birmingham Royal Ballet, showcasing David's work, the company and what is excellent about the city of Birmingham."

Mr Bintley said: "I have enjoyed immensely my four years with the National Ballet of Japan.

"I have a deep respect for the dancers there as well as all the team at the New National Theatre Tokyo.

"Over the time I spent in Japan, I had the pleasure of watching individuals at all levels of the company grow as they faced new challenges under my direction.

"I know that they will continue thrive under the new leadership of my successor Noriko Ohara."

 

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