Friday, 5 June 2020

Ballet Cymru's Outreach Work

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On 29 Nov 2019, I attended a performance of Ballet Cymru's Three Works: Wired to the Moon, Divided We Stand and Celtic Concerto at the Pontio Centre in Bangor. You will find my review at Ballet Cymru - Even Better than Last Year  6 Dec 2019.

Before the show, local schoolchildren staged a performance of work that they had created with artists of the company in the foyer of the Pontio Centre.  Yesterday, Ballet Cymru released a video of that collaboration on YouTube which I have embedded in this blog.

Few companies in the UK do as much outreach work as Ballet Cymru and our little ballet company has already worked with them and their artists.  On 28 Nov 2018, we learned some of Darius James and Amy Doughty's latest choreography in a workshop on Dylan Thomas's poem In My Craft or Sullen Art  (see More than a Bit Differently: Ballet Cymru's Workshop and the Launch of the Powerhouse Ballet Circle  29 Nov 2018).  Earlier this year in almost our last event before lockdown Alex Hallas gave us one of our best ballet experiences ever when he gave us an excellent class and taught us some of his own choreography. Alex's workshop took place after my birthday nearly all of which was spent in arguing a trade mark case in the IP Office and driving through the rain from Newport.  I, therefore, celebrated my birthday on the day of my workshop and it turned out to be one of my best birthdays ever.

Immediately after Alex's workshop, there were requests for a similar one.  I have therefore asked Beth Meadway to give us a repertoire workshop as soon as possible after our studios reopen. Beth has already worked with us in the Dylan Thomas workshop and she will give us an online class on 27 June.

Ballet Cymru's artists have already done much to raise dancers' morale through the lockdown with their short video clips. We look forward to seeing them on stage just as soon as this emergency ends.

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