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Wayne McGregor’s Infra to be included in GCSE Dance

Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s one-act ballet will become part of the GCSE curriculum.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

29 March 2016 at 11.12am | Comment on this article

It’s been announced that Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Infra will be added to AQA’s Dance GCSE syllabus.

The Dance GCSE will be available to students from September 2016 – the first time McGregor’s choreography has become part of the GCSE curriculum.

The addition marks a change from previous AQA courses, which focused on traditional narrative ballet. It's hoped Infra will provide students with a deepened understanding of the possibilities of choreography and dance.

Inspired by the Latin word for 'below', Infra presents a portrait of life beneath the surface of the city. The work, created for The Royal Ballet in 2008, is set to a score by Max Richter and features set designs by British artist Julian Opie.

Speaking on the ballet’s inclusion to the GCSE syllabus, McGregor said he was pleased Infra would play a role in inspiring a new generation of talent:

‘Studying dance in schools contributes vitally to a well-rounded and wide-reaching general education for young people. Dance sharpens a student’s ability to think with and through the body, while challenging them to combine a broad range of multiple intelligences to solve creative problems.’

Director of The Royal Ballet Kevin O’Hare added:

Infra is a groundbreaking work which showcases the possibilities of modern ballet. Wayne is a galvanising force for dance in the 21st century and through his unique choreography, he constantly challenges and extends balletic technique creating a new and exciting theatrical experience for dancers and audiences. I’m thrilled that thousands of young people will be able to study and learn from his genius.’

Wayne McGregor's new work Obsidian Tear appears as part of a new mixed programme alongside works by Kenneth Macmillan and Christopher Wheeldon later this Season.

Obsidian Tear / The Invitation / Within the Golden Hour runs 28 May–11 June 2016. Tickets are still available.

By Rose Slavin (Former Assistant Content Producer)

29 March 2016 at 11.12am

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged AQA Dance GCSE, by Wayne McGregor, Infra, Julian Opie, learning, Max Richter, Wayne McGregor

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