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Choreographed by David Bintley for Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB).

He studied singing, ballet, modern and tap.
Created his first ballet at 15 called `A Soldiers Tale'.
At 16 went to study at The Royal Ballet Upper School.
Joined the BRB and danced with The Royal Ballet as a principal…

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Title of song Character

Air A Danser The Great Auk

Prelude and Yodel Utah Longhorn Ram

Long Distance Texan Kangaroo Rat

The Ecstasy Of Dancing Fleas Humboldt's HogNosed Skunk Flea

White Mischief Southern Cape Zebra

Now Nothing Rainforest People

Music By Numbers Brazilian Woolly Monkey

Music by Penguin Café Orchestra…

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Pillars, arched window, 1920s feel, plants, tables, chairs, hat stand, and a big elegant quite
posh room.

At the beginning it is a cabaret feel, spotlights are used to track main character, bright
colours and sense to habitat, like they belong there.

At the end, the light band…

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This penguin is native of the Atlantic, and became extinct due to man killing them off.

Actions: gallops, hops, springs, flexing feet turns, pivot steps, backbends, lifts, flexing
hangs, springs in arabesque, flapping arms as wings

Dynamics: skimming, buoyant, graceful, elegant, bouncy, light, fun, humorous

Use of Space: curving…

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Elegant, ballroom, 1920s Charleston style


Action: Men peel away, drag turns, hip wiggle, turn with arms, lift Ram to different sides,
sunray with shaking hands ­ early sun/many armed god, hop, step, hop steps with twists,
gallop, step drag turn

Dynamics: slow, elegant, graceful, smooth, light and bouncy


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Action: Lie on side, feet flexed, rolls, circling ankles, wriggle, crouch, kneel, hop, swinging,
raised knee, jump, circling hands, slap knees, spring, footwork, twist.

Dynamics: Grounded, bouncy, wiggly, floppy, twitchy.

Use of Space: Hopping pathways

Relationships: Solo, so relationships with music and rhythm.

White tshirt with grey smudges…

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Comes from Argentina and South America.


Action: Skip, weave, gallop, jump, knot, duck, dodge

Dynamics: Bouncy, light, comic, jolly, fun, playful

Use of Space: Lines, circles, figure of eight, weaving

Relationships: 6 dancers, dance all in unison and cannon.
xx xx x x x
xx x F x


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Pale yellow/amber wash, with a follow spot on the flea. Bright yellow strip at the bottom.

`The Ecstasy Of Dancing Fleas'
Fast, jumpy, bouncy music. Main melody is brass instruments. Violins take over later with
maracas in the background, which creates an itchy/scratchy, feel.


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The moves are very robotic and have influences of African dance.

Action: Zebra knee arch, lean sideways, ripple, shunt forwards, pivot, graze, pirouette, deep
lunge, flexed foot, suspend, hops, jump. Models walk, pose, twist, head turns, hand and arm
Dynamics: Zebra controlled, flexible, grounded, bouncy, and strong.


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