A Spotlight on Education
A collaboration of Olympic proportions, Young East Londoners tackling the story of Othello and members of the Covent Garden community exploring cutting-edge interactive opera technology: the new Education season has it all.
Familiar with ROH main house productions but none-the-wiser about our Education programme? Here are just a few of our Season highlights:
Autumn – Personal Opera
We’re teaming up with colleagues from Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to explore how we can empower people to create their own operas, which tell personal stories, using interactive computer software and making use of new technologies as a tool for creative expression. The goal of Personal Opera is to develop a set of tools that enable anyone to share their stories, memories and thoughts in a powerful and resonant way.
Winter – Street Stories
Our strong partnership with East London dance is returning again this season for our third year of Street Stories; a project which enables young people from East London to create and perform original cross-art productions. This year participants will be working with a range of professional artists to explore new skills and creative tools in music, dance and digital media, based on Shakespeare’s Othello.
Spring – Sounding Out
A series of hands-on creative workshops created especially for families, exploring new ways of telling stories, making music, and discovering dance. A range of practical activities will be open for families to attend and experience together throughout dates in the Spring.
Summer – 2012 Main Stage project
Hot on the heels of Last July’s main stage Dance Futures extravaganza, Royal Opera House Education embark on an exciting new collaboration with ROH2 as part of the 2012 Olympic Cultural Festival. The project will celebrate new work culminating in a performance by young people on the main stage. This devised piece will unite the artforms of the Royal Opera House with singers, dancers, designers and musicians from all age groups and backgrounds performing alongside professional artists. To mark the first three years of our On the Road programme the participants will include young people from Greater Manchester, the East region and Thurrock.
Welcome Performances are specifically aimed at families who have never previously attended a performance at the Royal Opera House. Family activities before the show range from backstage tours to craft and design workshops, from dressing up in costumes to music and dance masterclasses related to the production being performed.
This season’s Welcome Performances will be a one-off double bill showcasing ballet and opera: Rubies and Gianni Schicchi, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland later in the season.
Prices range from £5 to £20.
Welcome Performances are generously made possible by Gregory and Regina Annenberg Weingarten through the Annenberg Foundation.
We’re very grateful to all the philanthropists who support our Education work and enable it to happen.
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