David Bintley

(b. 1957)

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(b Huddersfield, 17 Sept. 1957)

British dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. After training at the Royal Ballet Upper School, he joined Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet in 1976. He created roles in works by Seymour and MacMillan, but was noted for his superb character roles, especially in Ashton's ballets (Widow Simone in La Fille mal gardée and the little Stepsister in Cinderella). He began choreographing in 1978, becoming company choreographer in 1983. In 1985 he moved to Covent Garden where he became resident choreographer of the Royal Ballet. He had mixed success during this period, although Still Life at the Penguin Café (mus. Jeffes, Royal Ballet 1988) and Hobson's Choice (Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, 1989, mus. Paul Reade) both became enduring additions to the repertory, and in 1993 he left Covent Garden to work freelance creating Job (mus. Vaughan Williams) for the San Francisco Ballet (1992) and Edward II for the Stuttgart Ballet (mus. John McCabe, 1995). In 1995 he became artistic director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, creating many ballets for the company including Carmina Burana (mus. Orff, 1995), Nutcracker Sweeties (mus. Ellington after Tchaikovsky, 1996), The Protecting Veil (mus. Tavener, 1998), The Shakespeare Suite (mus. Ellington, Strayhorn, 1999), Arthur (mus. McCabe, 2000), Beauty and the Beast (mus. Buhr, 2003), Cyrano (2nd version, mus. Carl Davis, 2007), and Sylvia (2nd version, mus. Delibes, 2009). A list of his other ballets includes The Outsider (mus. Bohác, 1978), Take Five (mus. Brubeck, 1978), Meadow of Proverbs (mus. Milhaud, 1979), Adieu (mus. Panufnik, 1980), Night Moves (mus. Britten, 1981), The Swan of Tuonela (mus. Sibelius, 1982), Choros (mus. Meyer, 1983), Consort Lessons (mus. Stravinsky, 1983), Young Apollo (mus. Britten, Crosse, 1984), Flowers of the Forest (mus. Britten and Arnold, 1985), The Sons of Horus (mus. McGowan, 1985), The Snow Queen (mus. Tovey after Mussorgsky, 1986), Galanteries (mus. Mozart, 1986), Allegri Diversi (mus. Rossini, 1987), The Trial of Prometheus (mus. Burgon, 1988), The Spirit of Fugue (mus. McGowan, 1988), Brahms/Handel Variations (mus. Brahms, 1990), and Tombeaux (mus. Walton, 1993).

In 2008 Bintley was appointed artistic adviser to the New National Theatre Ballet of Japan, becoming its part-time artistic director (in conjunction with his post at BRB) in 2010. He created his first ballet for the company in 2008, Aladdin (mus. Carl Davis).

Subjects: Dance.

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