Central School Of Ballet

Virtual Conservatoire Project culminates with 6 live performances

Friday 29th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

This weekend, the four year Virtual Conservatoire project culminates in six performances of Otis and Eunice at the Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music and Bristol Old Vic.

Book tickets here.

The ambitious project to incorporate the use of digital technologies into live performance has been a collaboration between Central and five other schools; Royal College of Music, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art), RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) and Royal Academy of Music.

The creative collaboration has allowed the consortium’s students and partners to learn, train and perform across multiple locations in real time.

In a world-first, the production will see two interconnected shows performed simultaneously to two audiences, in two venues, from two different cities, giving audiences a dual perspective on the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice.

The show, which will be performed in Bristol and London on 29th and 30th March, demonstrates the potential of the Virtual Conservatoire to bring together the best creative talent, marry multiple disciplines, including dance, music and drama, and push the boundaries of the development, performance and audience’s experience of art. Six of Central’s dancers will take part in the performance, all from the second year of the three year degree course in Professional Dance & Performance.

Leanne King, Virtual Conservatoire project lead for Central said: “The Virtual Conservatoire has provided Central’s students with the opportunity to gain a valuable range of skills. The mix of disciplines and chance to work with others in leading organisations has been particularly stimulating for all of us involved. This is a pioneering project that will inform our students’ development as professionals in the future.”

Heidi Hall, Director of Central commented: “We look forward to incorporating the new technology and innovative practices into our undergraduate and postgraduate courses when we move into our new premises in London’s South Bank in Southwark.”

Ballet Central 2019 tour opens in London

Friday 29th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On Thursday evening the Ballet Central 2019 tour opened in London at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

Central was pleased to welcome so many friends and supporters to the first performance of this year's tour which will visit 20 venues across England.

Central's third year students are dedicated and determined young people who have worked tirelessly to get this year's show ready for the stage. They not only perform, but are involved in all aspects of staging the show including costume design and the sound and lighting.

The next performance is on Saturday 30 March in Tonbridge at the EM Forster Theatre which is sold-out.

Find your closest venue and book tickets at www.balletcentral.co.uk

Photo: ASH Photography

Central tutor wins gold at the European Masters Classic Powerlifting Championships

Tuesday 26th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

On 5 March, Linda Moran, second year ladies ballet tutor at Central competed at the European Masters Classic Powerlifting Championships in Gyor, Hungary. Linda achieved a gold medal for Squat, Bench Press, Deadlift & overall total - European Champion in the U52kg M3 category.

Speaking of her success, Linda said "My achievements in the sport of Powerlifting have been largely possible due to my training and career as a dancer. Hard work, practice, consistency, willingness to push through setbacks, reflect and embrace new challenges are qualities and skills dancers develop which are necessary to succeed in anything. The physical strength and mental resilience to be gained through strength training will definitely support and enhance student’s training and dancer’s careers."

Central student shortlisted as a Finalist in the BBC Young Dancer Ballet Category

Friday 22nd March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Central is pleased to announce that second year student Keiko Tsuchiya has been shortlisted as a Finalist in the Ballet Category in the BBC Young Dancer competition.

There are four categories in total; Ballet, Contemporary, South Asian and Street Dance, with five finalists in each category.

All Category Finalists will be mentored by leading dance professionals in preparation for the BBC Young Dancer 2019 Finals.

The Category Finals will be broadcast on BBC Four from 19 April with the Grand Final being broadcast live on BBC Two on 18 May from Birmingham Hippodrome.

Ballet Central 2019 tour featured in The Telegraph

Thursday 21st March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Central is featured in today's Daily Telegraph

Pictured on page 3 is Nell Maude, third year student and Ballet Central dancer in The Bird Woman costume of Kenneth MacMillan's 'House of Birds', posing in the Chelsea Physic Garden.

The 2019 tour launches one week today, Thursday 28 March in London at Stratford Circus Arts Centre.

View the full list of tour dates and book tickets: www.balletcentral.co.uk

Aisling Brangan, a recent Central graduate, has been promoted to Soloist at Scottish Ballet

Wednesday 20th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Aisling Brangan, a recent Central graduate, has been promoted to Soloist at Scottish Ballet. Aisling joined Scottish Ballet after completing the Ballet Central tour and graduation in 2013.

She said: “During my years at Central, I was constantly challenged by the rigours of my chosen career but always supported and encouraged to believe that I was on the right path. In particular the training I received in acting helped me to develop into the dancer I am today, giving me the confidence to create and inhabit different characters. My years with Scottish Ballet have mirrored this experience, with a hugely supportive team guiding me through the tough times of injury and recovery. Being promoted to Soloist is absolutely a dream come true for me, and has come after a long journey that had its setbacks - bearing out what I learned while studying: that such rewards are hard earned and all the more affirming for that!”

Joining a leading ballet company like Scottish is a goal for many of Central’s undergraduate students and Central maintains close links with the company through the recent appointment of Christopher Hampson, their Chief Executive and Artistic Director to Central’s Board of Governors. Last year Central’s graduate Rishan Benjamin joined the company and Sophie Laplane, Choreographer in Residence at Scottish, has recently commenced Central’s MA in Choreography programme.

Central announces new MA Choreography programme students

Monday 18th March 2019 Anita Hamilton writes:

Central announces new MA Choreography programme students: Anjali Mehra-Hughes from New Adventures and Sandrine Monin from Phoenix Dance Theatre. The students joined Central this spring on the MA programme that takes 18 months on average to complete, providing the opportunity for professional choreographers to hone their skills, engage in research and develop their practice at the highest level.

Anjali completed her professional dance training at Central School of Ballet where she also won the Christopher Gable Choreographer Award. She joined New Adventures in 1999 and now combines a career as a choreographer and a performer. Sandrine was born in Montluçon, France and trained at the Conservatory National Superior of Music and Dance in Lyon. Sandrine trained and danced across Europe before moving to Leeds in 2012 to join Phoenix Dance Theatre.

Louise Ainley, has led the postgraduate programme for the past seven years, commented: “Central continues to celebrate valuable links with the dance profession. We are proud to be supporting the career development of talented choreographers who have ambitions to develop their practice at the highest level.”

Central's Musical Director Philip Feeney's score for Northern Ballet's 'Victoria' draws critical acclaim

Friday 15th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Northern Ballet’s new ballet Victoria choreographed by Cathy Marston is currently touring across the UK. The ballet, the score of which is composed by Central’s Musical Director Philip Feeney has been widely met with critical acclaim.

Sanjoy Roy of the Guardian writes “Marston’s choreography is as beautifully orchestrated as Philip Feeney’s cinematic score, which itself does much of the storytelling; design and dramaturgy are equally impressive with lead performances of real depth.”

You can see this exciting new work, with performances from Central alumni at a venue near you in the UK from now until June. View tour dates and book tickets here.

Central success with Ballet Black

Thursday 14th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Ballet Black's Triple Bill premieres on the 14 March 2019 in London at the Barbican Centre before touring across England until June.

Two of the three works are choreographed by Central alumnus Mthuthuzeli November, and current Central MA Choreography student Sophie Laplane.

Central is delighted that our relationship with Ballet Black continues to be so strong with Cassa Pancho MBE, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Black being a Patron of Central, and Central's Director Heidi Hall serving on the Board of Trustees of Ballet Black.

Book tickets to see Ballet Black's Triple Bill on tour here.

Central celebrates the life of Christopher Gable

Wednesday 13th March 2019 Isabel Campbell writes:

Today we celebrate the life of Christopher Gable, Founder of Central who was born on this day in 1940. Christopher’s aim was to put theatricality at the heart of classical ballet performances, and this continues to influence the training that Central offers.

Kenneth MacMillan’s House of Birds is part of the Ballet Central 2019 repertoire. Christopher recreated the lead male role of this ballet, inspired by the macabre fairtyale 'Jorinda and Joringel' in 1963 (pictured here alongside Maryon Lane)..

Image by Keith Money.

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