29 January 2010
British award for Hindson and Bintley's ballet
© Birmingham Royal Ballet
David Bintley and Matthew Hindson's ballet E=mc², premiered and toured in the UK last year by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, has won one of the last ever South Bank Show Awards. The awards are named after the long-running British television art show The South Bank Show, hosted for 30 years by Melwyn Bragg and broadcast for the last time at the end of 2009 on the ITV channel.
David Bintley, the director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, created his choreography to a specially commissioned score by Hindson. After the premiere season of the work in Birmingham, the company toured the work in Plymouth, Sunderland and London. The work was inspired by the book E=mc²: A Biography of the World's Most Famous Equation by David Bodanis.
Hindson's score was characterised by London reviewers as 'a riveting orchestral score' (The Independent), and 'a brilliant orchestral score, to which Bintley responds with force fields of gleaming, pared-back dance' (The Guardian).
Matthew Hindson - AMC
Review in The Independent (15 November 2009)
Review in The Guardian (15 November 2009)
Review in The Daily Express (13 November 2009)
More reviews on the Faber Music website
Birmingham Royal Ballet - press release about the award
Birmingham Royal Ballet - David Bintley's E=mc² diary
BBC News - news item about the awards
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