Issue date: 15 April 2009

By arrangement with Raymond Gubbay and Sadler?s Wells

Event Info

For three nights, from 6 to 8 August, Symphony Hall will dance to the rhythms of Latin America when Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, stars of the BBC?s Strictly Come Dancing, bring their first ever show Latin Fever to Birmingham, direct from the West End. From the streets of Brazil to the bullrings of Spain, Latin Fever is an exhilarating journey of exploration into the colourful world of Latin American Dance with a vibrant mix of styles including the tango, rumba and cha-cha-cha.

An exciting jump into the world of theatre for the two favourite Strictly stars, Darren and Lilia are joined on stage by four Latin American dance duos and a sensational live Latin band. The show includes an explosion of Brazilian rhythms at the Carnival Rio and tango from the sultry clubs of Buenos Aires. In Cuba, the cha-cha-cha and rumba beckon, and then it’s off to the American dance halls of the 1930s for the swing and jitterbug. Finally, the passion, aggression and drama of the Spanish bullring are brought to life in the glorious paso doblè.

Latin Fever is at Symphony Hall from 6-8 August. Tickets are available from THSH Box Office on 0121 780 3333 or and an early bird discount of £2.50 off per ticket applies to purchases made before Sunday 10 May (conditions apply).


Notes to editors


Thu 6, Fri 7, Sat 8 August 2009, 7.30pm at Symphony Hall

Tickets: £15-£32.50*
Early bird offer (applies to top three prices only) of £2.50 discount per ticket if booked before Sun 10 May. Quote ?Early Bird? when booking by phone. Offer also available on-line.

Latin Fever is produced by Sadler?s Wells and Raymond Gubbay and co-directed by Alexandra Worrall. Latin Fever is premiered at Sadler?s Wells on Wed 27 May and runs until 28 June.

Darren Lee Bennett was born in 1977 in Deepcar, and has a twin brother, Dale, also a dancer. Both parents were professional dancers who own City Limits Dance Centre in Sheffield. In 1997 Darren was still an amateur dancer and shoe company sales manager when Dale introduced him to Lilia Kopylova whom he knew from his dancing links in Denmark. It took just 15 minutes for them to realise how good they were together. Five months later, they won the International and British Youth Championships. In January 1999, Darren and Lilia married. They turned professional in 2003 and are now regarded as one of Britain?s finest Latin American dance couples, making regular appearances on TV.

Lilia Andreievna Kopylova was born in 1978 in Moscow. At age four she began ice skating and ballet and won the Moscow championship in figure skating at the age of six. She took up ballroom and Latin when she was 9 and has never looked back. As a teenager, she won several titles including Russian National Champion and the Italian, Danish and French Open Championships. In 1997 she was introduced to Darren Bennett and, five months later, having moved to the UK, they won the International and British Youth Championships. The pair married in 1999 and Lilia became a British Citizen in 2004. They turned professional in 2003 and are now Britain?s top Latin American dance couple continuing to achieve great success in competitions and, in 2007 alone performed around ninety shows in the UK. Lilia joined BBC?s Strictly Come Dancing in 2004 and she and her partner, Aled Jones, reached the semi-final. In 2005 she danced with Darren Gough and won – they also went on to win the Christmas Special – then in 2006 she again made the final, this time with Matt Dawson. In 2006, her first DVD Latinasize became the top fitness DVD of the year and has now sold over 110,000 copies. A follow-up was commissioned in 2007 called Latinatone.

Alongside the creation of Latin Fever Darren and Lilia are contributing to an exciting new schools project Essentially Dance designed to improve children?s fitness and self-esteem, currently being piloted in 26 schools across the country. The scheme trains schools teachers how to deliver ballroom and Latin dance to children as part of their PE lessons.

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

(£2 fee per transaction on all bookings except those
made in person at the box office)