Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Royal Ballet School aDvANCE

Royal Ballet School aDvANCE students performance, Linden Studio Theatre @ Royal Ballet School - reviewed on 24th March

The Royal Ballet School's aDvANCE programme links UK A-level and BTEC Diploma students with young dancers at the Royal Ballet Upper School. Through creative workshops and the study of two  British ballets (Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet and Frederick Ashton's Monotones), students created choreography to perform at the Linden Studio Theatre on 24th March.
 
Peter Symonds College performed The Outsider, exploring the notions of exclusion and conformity that are present in MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet. Using the same work as inspiration, Cheadle and Marple Sixth Form College took ideas from 'Dance of the Girls with Lilies'. South Gloucestershire and Stroud College's more modern piece to music by Plan B demonstrated conflict and power, using motifs from MacMillan's sword fighting scenes.
 
The Royal Ballet's Emma Maguire, Dawid Trzensimiech and Akane Takada in
Monotones I. Photo: Bill Cooper, courtesy of ROH
Inspired by  Monotones, King Edward VI Sixth Form College's Elusive Moonlight conveyed the calmness and simplicity of Ashton's choreography. Day Dream by Arthur Terry School focused on port de bras and small group formations. The Royal Ballet's School second year students explored folding and unfolding movements in a series of intricate pas de deux.
 
The Royal Ballet School first years completed the performance with the energetic finale from Ashton's Daphnis and Chloe. As ROH Director of Education, Paul Reeve, stated, the afternoon was "a great example of how dance can inspire young people".

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