19 October 2011 at 2.03pm | 1 Comment
Last month, the Royal Opera House opened up its doors to over 200 students from National Skills Academy Founder colleges. It's the first time we've allowed so many students to get such unprecedented access to our backstage skills and crafts on the same day. The aim was to treat them as employees and offer a real insight into what it's like to work in a large arts organisation.
Lighting and Sound students took part in an in depth masterclass in the Linbury Studio Theatre; Stage Management were in the wings during a rehearsal of La traviata watching the flurry of activity for Violetta's party; Catering students designed canapés and cocktails for a commercial event; Front of House and Box Office worked on a customer experience for the 2012 London Olympics, whilst groups in Set Design and Costumes worked on their own concepts for a new production of La traviata.
A very lucky group of photography students were given a masterclass by renowned dance photographer Bill Cooper before being let loose on a Limen rehearsal with Wayne McGregor. They then went to the Apple Store, Covent Garden for an editing session before presenting their images at the end of the day to The Royal Ballet management. Take a look at the results:
No matter what they specialised in, there was a common thread as all students were able to take away something from the day. And you never know, it's just possible we helped inspire the dance photographers, set designers and stage managers of the future...