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Birmingham Royal Ballet's tribute to the late dance stalwart, Jane Nicholas
Birmingham Royal Ballet is set to dedicate its opening night at Sadler’s Wells next month to the late Jane Nicholas OBE, the first Director of Dance for Arts Council England.
As dance officer and then dance and mime director at the Arts Council in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Jane Nicholas, who died on 3 April 2019 aged 89, played a crucial role in establishing the art of modern dance in England.
Jane joined the Arts Council in 1964, and as a former ballerina she had the advantage of knowing the classical world, was able to successfully campaign for contemporary dance in the sector. She was also a dancer with Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet when the company started, - the original name for Birmingham Royal Ballet – and remained a big supporter and donor to BRB her whole life.
The show dedicated to her memory on 25 June will be an all-female triple bill of contemporary choreographers, titled [Un]leashed including BRB’s latest Ballet Now commission choreographed by Didy Veldman.
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