At our next meeting on 10th February 2021 we are privileged to welcome our President, former Birmingham Royal Ballet Assistant Director Marion Tait as our guest. Amazingly, it will be exactly 14 years to the day since Marion last spoke to the Association. At the end of 2020, she stepped down from her role as Assistant Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, but remains a Rehearsal Director and Coach. We have marked this by giving her a gift from the Association.
Marion joined the touring Company from the Royal Ballet School in 1968 and danced in all the classics, as well as creating roles for Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir David Bintley, most recently as Stepmother in David’s production of Cinderella. In 2020 she was awarded the De Valois Award for Outstanding Contribution to Dance at the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards. In 2006, Marion assisted another of our presidents, Desmond Kelly, in Ballet Changed My Life – Ballet Hoo!, the education project documented on Channel 4. We look forward to a fascinating evening looking back at Marion’s career which has spanned more than 52 years.
At our next meeting on 10th March 2021 we are delighted to welcome First Soloist Beatriz Stix- Brunell as our guest. From New York, Beatriz trained at the School of American Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet School and privately with Fabrice Herrault. At the age of 14, she was asked by Christopher Wheeldon to join his company, Morphoses, where she created a number of roles as well as performing Polyhymnia in Balanchine’s Apollo.
Beatriz joined the Royal Ballet in 2010 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2016. Whilst an Artist in 2010, she made her debut as Alice. Beatriz has danced across the Company’s repertoire, including most recently as Lescaut’s Mistress in Manon, in Pam Tanowitz’s Everyone Keeps Me, as Jacqueline du Pré in The Cellist and in The Dante Project. We can expect a very entertaining evening.