8 July 2011 at 4.50pm | Comment on this article
Come along to The Royal Opera House this weekend; we are looking very firmly to the future of dance and new talent.
The weekend begins in grand style with the Royal Ballet School end-of-season show tonight, and, on Sunday, the Royal Opera House’s Education department takes command of the opera house’s main stage. It will bring together some 120 upcoming choreographers and performers from all over London, with a chance for all ages to join in.
The Royal Ballet School end-of-year performance
Tonight: Watch the next generation of Royal Ballet dancers in Ninette de Valois's Checkmate, performed in commemoration of the ten years since her death. Also with works by choreographers inspired by De Valois such as Frederick Ashton and John Cranko.
The evening concludes with the spectacular finale, known as the Grand Défilé where more than 200 students from both Upper and Lower Schools come on stage in an exuberant climax – an emotional event for those about to leave the school (picture gallery to follow soon).
On Sunday night, over 120 young dancers and choreographers from all over London get a chance to perform on The Royal Opera House's main stage.
Here's a taste of what's on the bill:
- Three new works from student choreographers: Freya Thomas, Declan Whitaker, and Jordan Ajadi.
- A special performance of Fokine's The Firebird with 80 young dancers (aged 9-11) from the Royal Opera House’s Chance to Dance programme.
- Lauren Cuthbertson makes her debut as the Firebird, with Bennet Gartside (Ivan Tsarevich), Christina Arestis (Tsarevna) and David Pickering (Kostcheï).
- Before the show, front of house will be transformed into a celebration of dance with storytelling, design workshops, a make-up demonstration and a one-off performance from Chance to Dance parents!
Watch interviews with some of the young dancers
Interviews with some of Wayne McGregor's new troupe of young dancers, ready to make their Royal Opera House debut this Sunday. Some are a little in awe of Mr McGregor's reputation but determined to shine out onstage on Sunday night.
Listen to exclusive podcasts
- Lauren Cuthbertson talks about dancing the lead role in The Firebird for the first time. It's a role that is enormously physically demanding and requires intense characterization, she says. [Download the mp3]
- Wayne McGregor talks about working with a team of young new dancers for Dance Futures. [Download the mp3]
Book your seat for Dance Futures. Tickets are priced from £5 - £15.