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Young people get to perform with Royal Ballet Artists and Orchestra


Chance to Dance and Youth Opera team up for unique event.


By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

5 June 2013 at 5.27pm | Comment on this article

Eighty young people from the Chance to Dance programme and Youth Opera Company performed in the Linbury Studio Theatre at the weekend, in a unique double bill of dance and music.

The 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was celebrated with an adapted version of Kenneth MacMillan's controversial ballet. The piece was performed by 30 primary school-aged children and Royal Ballet dancers Tristan Dyer and Valentino Zucchetti. Royal Ballet Soloists Kristen McNally and Thomas Whitehead adapted and created new choreography for the Chance to Dance Company, while Tristan and Valentino were coached by former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason. MacMillan created the central role of ‘Chosen One’ on Monica when The Rite of Spring had its premiere in 1962. Costumes used during this Linbury production included some historical pieces from The Royal Ballet's Rite of Spring.

The Youth Opera Company performed Gone Fishing, a unique work created specially by Karen Gillingham and Suzi Zumpe. The piece uses extracts of music from composers through the ages, from Monteverdi and Rameau, through Mozart and Rossini, to Britten and Adams. Youth Opera Chorus members had to master singing in French, German, Spanish and English and performed with soprano Sarah Redgwick.

Both performances were accompanied by members of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and Southbank Sinfonia graduates.

View photos from the event:

A selection of audience tweets:

 

Find out more about Chance to Dance and the Youth Opera Company.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have generously supported Chance to Dance and Bjarne and Yvonne Rieber for supporting the Youth Opera Company.

By Chris Shipman (Content Producer (Social Media and News))

5 June 2013 at 5.27pm

This article has been categorised Ballet, Opera and tagged by Kenneth Macmillan, Chance to dance, Kristen McNally, Production, The Rite of Spring, Thomas Whitehead, Youth Opera Company

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