A DREAM OF AFRICA 2012
Annual Ashanti Gala Presents Three World Premieres
Three specially created new ballets by Daniel Jones, Erico Montes and Nancy Osbaldeston will spearhead the fifth annual Dream of Africa Gala evening on September 30, in which Royal Ballet and English National Ballet dancers give their support to Ghanaian charity Ashanti Development.
The programme also features recent choreography by Tamara Rojo, Nathalie Harrison and Thomas Whitehead. Elena Glurdjidze, ENB Principal Dancer, will dance The Dying Swan, and other dancers include Camille Bracher, Crystal Costa, Emma Maguire, Sian Murphy, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Romany Pajdak, Laurretta Summerscales, Sander Blommaert and Ryoichi Hirano.
The music, played by Robert Gibbs, Adrian Bradbury, Oliver Davies and Henry Roche, includes Delius’ Légende for violin and piano and Coleridge-Taylor’s Five Negro Melodies for piano trio, in celebration of this year’s anniversaries of both composers.
Proceeds will go to Ashanti Development, which works to combat extreme poverty in central Ghana. Founder Martha Boadu says “We are so grateful for the support we get from the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet dancers and musicians, and also from members of the public. The money these annual Galas has generated over the last four years has helped us make the lives of thousands of Ashanti people worth living.”
Ashanti Development is a volunteers’ charity and pays no wages or fees for work carried out in this country. Every penny of this evening’s proceeds will be spent in Ashanti.
Sunday September 30th 2012 at 7.30pm
The Britten Theatre, Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS
020 7591 4314