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Central Dancers Perform in Film ‘KES Reimagined’

Calendar Posted 7 November 2019

In August three Central graduates and students were invited to perform in Jonathan Watkins’ film KES: Reimagined. 2019 graduates, Jonathan Layton and David Stirrup and current student Brandon Brereton worked on the film over a four week period during the summer, performing in the Youth Ensemble.

Based on Barry Hines’ novel A Kestrel for a Knave the story tells of a disaffected youngster Billy Casper, who discovers a purpose in life when he finds a young kestrel which he trains. It was first adapted for the screen in 1969 by Ken Loach for the film Kes.

In 2014 Jonathan Watkins premiered his dance adaptation of the story at The Crucible in Sheffield and has gone onto create the film version KES: Reimagined, which will premiere on Thursday 7 November at Leeds International Film Festival.

Speaking of the experience, student Brandon Brereton says “The best part of the project was getting to work with and learn from a variety of people in different creative fields. I really learned the importance of versatility - It was amazing to see people I thought of only as dancers act and people who I had only seen act explore movement. Working in a professional environment has made me approach my daily classes from a different perspective, as I now better understand how what I am learning now will inform my performances with Ballet Central and as a professional dancer in the future.”

The film will be screened on 19th November at 22:00 on BBC Four.

Watch the official trailer here

Read Jonathan Watkins’ interview about the film with DanceTabs here.

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