Sir Peter Wright, retiring director of the company, leaves Birmingham Royal Ballet with sumptuous ballets that honour the 19th century while celebrating the design talents of the 20th. The dancers aren't bad either - how else could they dance Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Coppelia (below left) in six days? Miyako Yoshida, a dancer of vivacious grace, makes some of her last Birmingham performances before joining the Royal Ballet in the autumn. She dances Aurora on Monday and Odette/Odile on Thursday. Meanwhile Joseph Cipolla, obviously a masochist, is dancing Florimund on Tuesday, Siegfried on Wednesday and Franz on Saturday. And you thought patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time was difficult.
three to see
London City Ballet: Highly acclaimed production of the romantic tale of the jilted country girl and her faithless aristocratic lover. Kings Theatre, Glasgow
Karas. Noiject: Rigorous physical discipline from the one-man cult Seburo Teshigawara. Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre
NDT2: The junior wing of Jiri Kylian's Nederlands Dance Theater comes to London. Sadler's Wells