Nana Lily Posted April 26, 2012 Share Posted April 26, 2012 Lowry Performance: I went to watch Ballet Central at the Quays Theatre (Lowry, Salford) last night. Ballet Central is the graduate year of Central School of Ballet. I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and felt the level of performance, expression and musicality throughout was outstanding for such young dancers of only 18 and 19 years. The rep was varied and interesting with classical and contemporary in a two hour programme. My favourite dances were the opening, "Celebration" by the late Christopher Gable, and the final dance, a narrative, "Whodunnit!" based on the cluedo game, choreographed Mathew Hart. The acting was outstanding with each dancer staying totally in role throughout the dance. Costumes and lighting were superb and so was the music with several original pieces composed and played by their Musical Director Philip Feeney. Its tricky to pick out dancers when trying to work out who they are from the casting sheet, so I am not going to mention any specifically, but felt the standard of dancing was good. Sadly the performance was poorly attended, a great pity as adults and children alike really enjoyed the evening. A number of my local friends would have gone to watch with their children, but didn't know about it despite being on Lowry mailing lists, in fact I only discovered it last week after receiving an email from North West Dance about the workshops. Its also great value at £10 - £12. There are plenty of tour dates around the UK, so do go and see them, you wont be disappointed! I wasn't aware of the number of international students at a London based school with only 10 out of the 32 students from the UK. Given this school is a conservatoire offering a BA in Dance and Performance (students are funded via the usual university funding route) I found the ratio quite surprising. Are they limited on the number of BA places they can offer? How are international students funded? Workshops: The workshops are free and supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. If you attend a workshop you also get a discount for the performance. In Manchester they offered a workshop for boys aged 12 to 18, workshops for primary schools and an adult workshop (for all, beginners, dancers, anyone interested in dance!). Not having danced for over 25 years, and being close to 50, no longer having any turn out, plie, extension or any technique whatsoever, I decided to be brave and go along and I had the time of my life, loved it! The Artistic Director Bill Glassman took a ballet class and playing the piano was Philip Feeney the Musical Director. The workshop took place in a lovely studio with huge windows over looking the Quays. We were all ages and non dancers/dancers. Ben Owen, a third year student, gave a contemporary class and then Francesca Tennant (third year student) taught the group part of the rep from "And then hope soared". Five very helpful students were with us to demonstrate and encourage. The atmosphere was very friendly and everyone has a fabulous experience. The students were a credit to their school and their art form, they were very caring and encouraging and I would like to say a big THANK YOU to them, the Ballet Central staff and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for making it possible. I have put the link to the Ballet Central website here so you can take a look at their tour dates. We call this forum "Doing Dance" so I would encourage you to find out about the workshops and go "do some dance!" and watch their show, you wont regret it! http://balletcentral.co.uk/ontourpage2.php NL 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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