Royal Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer schools go to the ballet
ROYAL Opera House Thurrock Trailblazer schools were treated to a visual and musical feast of passion, hope and remembrance on Friday 21 September when they saw the New English Ballet Theatre in performance at the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
300 students from four Thurrock Trailblazer schools: Corringham Primary, Grays Convent, Woodside Academy and Herringham Primary attended the show and saw a brand new ballet double bill: Remembrance and The Four Seasons.
Wayne Eagling’s new ballet Remembrance set to Handel’s masterpiece Ode to St Cecilia’s Day, based on the life of Dame Marie Rambert during the Great War. A hugely influential figure on the British and international ballet scene, we follow her whirlwind romance with Ashley Dukes and her anguish at their separation as he is called back to the battlefield. Eagling created the ballet in commemoration of the Armistice.
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons dynamically recomposed by Max Richter forms the musical foundation for choreographer Jenna Lee’s bold, stylish ballet, complimented by dazzling costume designs representing each season.
Nasya Agodo, a Year 9 Student from Grays Convent High School said; “I enjoyed the performance and the way the set design and the costumes complemented the dances. My favourite dance was the Four Seasons because I liked the way the music and the dance fitted together. I loved the effect of the smoke on the floor to create atmosphere!”
To find out more about opportunities for your school to take part in Thurrock Trailblazer, please go to: www.roh.org.uk/trailblazer.