In Memory of Hollie, Royal Ballet School - reviewed on 13th November
It would be easy to respond to death – and particularly to a death as tragic as that of Hollie Gazzard, who was murdered aged just 20 by her ex-boyfriend – with sadness and anger alone. But Brogan McKelvey, Royal Ballet School second year student and friend of Gazzard, has decided instead to raise money for a trust in her name which increases awareness of domestic violence.
At the Royal Ballet School last week, two classical routines choreographed by McKelvey were performed, along with an understated plea to donate to the Hollie Gazzard Trust. Fellow second year student Joseph Sissens also danced a self-choreographed tap number to one of Gazzard’s favourite songs.
The programme was completed with impressive performances of the Waltz of the Flowers from Rudolf Nureyev’s The Nutcracker by Royal Ballet School first years, and the Act I waltz from Swan Lake by second years. Graduate year students Chisato Katsura and Gareth Haw also showed Kenneth MacMillan’s Chanson pas de deux.
The brief performance was a not only a wonderful tribute to Hollie Gazzard, but also a great demonstration of the talent, determination and tenacity of Royal Ballet School students.