Black Sabbath - The Ballet Birmingham Royal Ballet

12 till 15 June 2024

Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam

€29.00 - €69.00


Developments in the field of dance take place all over the world and sometimes come from unexpected places. As part of our mission to make interesting, international dance productions and dance artists visible in the Netherlands, Holland Dance Festival is always looking for performances that add something special. Following on from the successful Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2019 and the internationally celebrated Acosta Danza in 2023, in collaboration with Droom en Daad we are proud to present the Birmingham Royal Ballet with Black Sabbath in 2024. This performance can exclusively be seen at the Luxor Theater, Rotterdam from June 12 to June 15, 2024.

Carlos Acosta is turning up the volume on Birmingham’s musical legacy. Original Heavy Metal heroes, Black Sabbath, provide the soundtrack for Black Sabbath - The Ballet.

Black Sabbath forged their unique sound in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s home city. In Black Sabbath – The Ballet expect a spectacular theatrical evening featuring thrilling dance alongside full orchestrations of legendary Black Sabbath tracks such as Paranoid and Iron Man, as well as new orchestral works inspired by their music - all performed live by Sinfonia Rotterdam.

In the second of three Birmingham-focussed commissions, Carlos Acosta was drawn to both the band’s work and its musical legacy as the originators of Heavy Metal. This full-evening ballet promises to be a unique undertaking with three composers and three choreographers, led by renowned Choreographer Pontus Lidberg (whose work has been performed by the Swedish Royal Ballet and the Paris Opera Ballet) and Composer Chris Austin (whose work includes orchestrating the White Stripes music for Wayne McGregor’s Chroma) working alongside award-winning writer Richard Thomas (Jerry Springer, The Opera) to create an extraordinary metal symphony over three acts. Black Sabbath themselves have been closely involved in developing this unique collaboration.

Sparks will fly in this intriguing new response to Black Sabbath’s music and legacy – the first true heavy metal ballet experience.

“★★★★ “a generous-spirited crowdpleaser””

— Evening Standard
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Free introduction
Prior to the performance there will be a free introduction by Annette Embrechts, theater and dance journalist at de Volkskrant. The introductions starts at 7 p.m. at Maasfoyer, nieuwe Luxor Theater. Book your spot for this introduction with the link in your ticket conformation.

About Birmingham Royal Ballet
Founded in 1947, Birmingham Royal Ballet is based at the Birmingham Hippodrome and is the UK's leading touring ballet company. The company has a wide range of traditional, classical and heritage ballets as well as groundbreaking new works encouraging the choreographers of the future. Since January 2020, internationally renowned dancer, choreographer and dance visionary Carlos Acosta has been director of the company: “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to be appointed to lead Birmingham Royal Ballet. I am a great admirer of the company's heritage and have great respect for my predecessor David Bintley. He established BRB as one of the country's leading classical ballet companies, building on the great foundation already laid by Sir Peter Wright. My ambition is to build on these classical traditions, to expand the repertoire and to reach new and more diverse audiences. I want to define what it means to be an international, leading classical ballet company in the 21st century.”

About Sinfonia Rotterdam
Reflecting the flair and dynamism of Rotterdam, Sinfonia Rotterdam is a unique orchestra that has loyal audiences worldwide. Founded in 2000 by renowned conductor Conrad van Alphen, this world class orchestra has taken its musical magic to the ends of the globe, from Chile to Siberia, from China to Colombia. A major player at prestigious concert series in the Netherlands, Sinfonia Rotterdam is a welcome guest at the leading Dutch concert halls such as ‘de Doelen’ and the World Museum in Rotterdam, Amare and the Kloosterkerk in The Hague and the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Data & tickets

date start time location price tickets
Wed 12 June 2024 20:00 Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam €29,00 - €69,00 Past
Thu 13 June 2024 20:00 Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam €29,00 - €69,00 Past
Fri 14 June 2024 20:00 Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam €29,00 - €69,00 Past
Sat 15 June 2024 20:00 Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam €29,00 - €69,00 Past


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A triumphant world premiere that celebrates Birmingham’s local heroes

The Times

★★★★ “an ingenious, affectionate show roared home by the sold-out crowd”

The Telegraph

★★★★ “Black Sabbath - The Ballet isn't just a meeting of worlds, it's a celebration of one of metal's most iconic groups” “the production feels like a loving ode to not only the story of Black Sabbath, but how their influence and legacy has spread out into the wider world” “A resounding success in melding worlds together, Black Sabbath - The Ballet is a stunning spectacle”

Metal Hammer



Artistic director: Carlos Acosta

Lead Choreographer: Pontus Lidburg
Choreographer: Raúl Reinoso en Cassi Abranches 
Lead Composer, Project Music Supervisor, Conductor: Christopher Austin
Composer / Sound Designer: Marko Nyberg
Composer: Sun Keting
Designer: Alexandra Arrechea 
Dramaturg: Richard Thomas 
Lighting Designer:  Kieron Johnson
Sound Production & Design: Joshua Blair
Metal Curator: Lisa Meyer

Orkest: Sinfonia Rotterdam
Gastdirigent: Christopher Austin 
Constant Lambert Fellowship dirigent: Yi Wei 


Director & Artistic director: Conrad van Alphen

1e viool: Cordelia Paw, Marina Meerson, Francesco Vulcano, Natalia Golotina
2e viool: Inger van Vliet, Vanessa Damanet, Marta Ephrat-Lemanska, Heather Kurzbauer
Altviool: Katya Woloshyn, Eduard Ataev, Hannah Donohoe, Jellantjse de Vries
Cello: Xandra Rotteveel, Martin Bungeroth, Katja Dirven-Didychenko, Dionne Nijsten
Contrabas: John van Lierop, Alejandra Rony
Fluit: Raymond Honing, Imre Rolleman
Hobo: Arco van Zon
Klarinet: Marcel Geraeds, Maria Luisa Olmos
Fagot: Pedro Perez Mendez
Hoorn: Jan Harshagen, Henk Veldt
Trompet: Arthur Kerklaan, Maarten Elzinga
Trombone: Alejandro Luque Belmonte, Ben Schultz
Harp: Doriene Marselje

Original Music: Black Sabbath 
De acht Black Sabbath-nummers die worden gespeeld zijn Paranoid, Ironman, War Pigs, Black Sabbath, Solitude, Orchid, Laguna Sunrise en Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. Deze muziek is opnieuw georkestreerd door Chris Austin. Hij maakte ook nieuwe composities, geïnspireerd op de muziek van Black Sabbath.


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