5 June 2013 at 5.27pm | Comment on this article
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.
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A selection of audience tweets:
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.