Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café with Concerto and Elite Syncopations

  • Opening Night: 27 September 2017
  • Performance: 30 September 2017

Get swept up in the ragtime fun of Kenneth MacMillan’s Elite Syncopations, where a host of eccentric characters flirt, dance and vie for the limelight. This playful combination of comedic flair, riotous colour and Scott Joplin’s iconic music is guaranteed to please.

Youthful energy and technical precision collide in MacMillan’s Concerto. Set to Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2, MacMillan’s sprightly and vigorous choreography conveys the infectious joy of dancing.

A colourful host of endangered animals seek shelter from the storm at the Penguin Café. Featuring a morris-dancing flea, a ballroom-dancing ram, a woolly monkey and many more, ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café is a witty and poignant look at man’s effect on the natural world.

All performances feature live music from the Royal Ballet Sinfonia conducted for these performances by Paul Murphy and Philip Ellis.


  • Performance Times: Evenings at 19:30; Thursday matinee at 14:00; Saturday matinee at 14:30