Ballet in top gear


140 mins in all / 2 intervals

Faster is modern ballet at its visceral best: a heart-pumping triple program from some of the world’s best contemporary choreographers.

Inspired by the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger”, David Bintley’s Faster explores the super-charged world of elite sports. Dancers show off their extraordinary athleticism against a driving score by Matthew Hindson.

Infra sees the return of Wayne McGregor, who explores urban humanity against projections by British artist Julian Opie and Max Richter’s haunting score.

Faster also features a world premiere from Tim Harbour, Squander and Glory, a dynamic work about the human energy system, with set design by acclaimed architect Kelvin Ho.

Experience the intoxicating physical power of ballet with Faster

… fast, strong, theatrically clever and musically powerful …

The Arts Desk on David Bintley’s Faster

Faster by David Bintley

Showing off their physiques in streamlined sporting gear, the dancers explore the agony and ecstasy of elite sports. 

Artists of the Birmingham Royal Ballet. Photography Roy Smiljanic

Infra by Wayne McGregor

"This is a piece of sumptuous beauty and shimmering possibility ..." – The Telegraph

Artists of The Royal Ballet in Wayne McGregor's Infra. Photography Andrej Uspenski and Bill Cooper. Images © Royal Opera House

Squander and Glory by Tim Harbour

How do you expel excess energy? Squander and Glory explores the excess space and shapes between movement. Experience the world premiere of this dynamic piece at Arts Centre Melbourne this March.

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Choreography and production David Bintley
Guest Repetiteur Patricia Tierney
Music Matthew Hindson
Costume Designs Becs Andrews
Setting and lighting design Peter Mumford

Faster is produced in association with Birmingham Royal Ballet. This production was first performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet at the Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre on 27 June 2012.

Choreography Tim Harbour
Music Michael Gordon Weather One
Set design Kelvin Ho
Lighting design Benjamin Cisterne
Soundscape designer Tony David Cray

Keto Dancewear by Peggy Jackson

Choreography Wayne McGregor
Guest Repetiteur Neil Fleming Brown
Max Richter
Set designs Julian Opie
Costume designs Moritz Junge
Lighting design Lucy Carter
Sound design Chris Ekers

Infra was originally commissioned by The Royal Ballet and had its premiere at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden on 13 November 2008

With Opera Australia Orchestra in Sydney