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Central’s annual Summer Performance moves online

Calendar Posted 17 July 2020

For the first time Central has hosted its Summer Performance online. This annual celebration of student achievement, skills and artistry moved online in keeping with the Centrally Connected programme of teaching, training and learning that has successfully been implemented while Central’s studios are closed due to the global pandemic.

On Thursday 16 July an audience of students, staff, families and friends were able to appreciate the students’ work created during the past academic year through three filmed choreography projects, one for each year group. Central’s MA Choreography students have contributed to these projects, allowing the undergraduate cohort to benefit from the creative investigation characterised by reflection and research that is at the heart of the MA programme. Natasha Chu introduced We’re Losing the Moon, the work she developed with First Year students and Anjali Mehra introduced the Second Year choreography she developed titled Inside Looking Out. To close the online event, Philip Feeney and Christopher Marney introduced the Third Year film, an innovative and well-received choreography project developed by students in lieu of the cancelled Ballet Central Tour to a new piece of music composed especially by Philip, Coronation Mass.

‘The process of taking choreography from stage to screen was very different from other work and provided new stimulation for the piece created with First Year students. The dancers were all responsive to new ideas; we explored different locations such as filming outside (a different experience from performing on stage) as well as exploring camera angles and the time of day, and we placed a value on hands which are really expressive, especially shown in multiples on film. I have really enjoyed working with the students on this project.’ MA Choreography student, Natasha Chu.

‘The piece was built as if we were able to perform it in the studio or on stage so there was a constant flow of smaller groups performing their own movement and larger groups or soloists dancing my choreography. Together we explored the use of a chair to create a sense of grounding and to also create an anchor in the film frame, playing with texture, costume and quirky movements. They all surpassed my expectations and delivered the choreography with enthusiasm and originality.’ MA Choreography student, Anjali Mehra.

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