Rephrasing Ballets Russes @ The V&A

October 3, 2010

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English National Ballet Artist Jennie Harrington models a dress designed by Celia Ming Fung Choi BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology Womenswear, London College of Fashion, as part of Ballets Russes Design Perspectives.

 

Rephrasing Ballet Russes

English National Ballet and partners in residence at the V&A

17-30 October 2010

Between 17th and 30th October, you have the chance to look backstage with English National Ballet and watch dancers rehearsing, demonstrating and showcasing works inspired by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in the V&A’s Lecture Theatre.

To help you plan your visits around the types of event/sessions you might be interested in, they have been categoried as follows :

Lecture / seminar Lec

Demonstration Demo

Open rehearsal / class Reh

Audience Interaction Q&A

Performance Per

Film screening Scr

Schools Priority Booking Sch

Specialist Sp  (Specialist sessions are those which are targeted at certain ability levels or interests – further details will be included in the listing below)

Sunday 17 October

11am-12pm

Costume Stimulus Per / Demo / Q&A

Set and Costume Designer Fabrice Serafino and Choreographer Hubert Essakow present the same piece of choreography with different types of costume; from every day clothes to abstract costuming. The choreography will be rehearsed, transformed and adapted to the costume and the mood it creates. The session demonstrates the extent to which costume can affect choreography, from a technical and emotional perspective.

1pm-2pm

Dancing the Ballets Russes: Nijinska and Balanchine Lec

In its 20 years the Ballets Russes was an unprecedented creative enterprise, filled with choreographic and collaborative experiments. In this session, Dr Geraldine Morris, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Tamara Tomic-Vajagic, PHD student and Visiting Lecturer in Dance, Roehampton University explore ideas and styles in the period of 1920-1929, in particular focusing on work of choreographers Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine. Sp: Ideal for dance A-Level and advanced students, teachers and course leaders.

2.30pm-3.30pm

English National Ballet School open class Reh / Q&A

English National Ballet School presents a unique opportunity to learn more about what it takes to become a professional dancer. Observe class and gain insight into classical ballet training.

Monday 18 October

11am-12.30pm

English National Ballet School open class Reh / Q&A / Sch

English National Ballet School presents a unique opportunity to learn more about what it takes to become a professional dancer. Observe class and gain insight into classical ballet training.

1.30pm-3pm

English National Ballet School open rehearsal Reh / Q&A / Sch

Join English National Ballet School for an open rehearsal. The students rehearse choreography inspired by the Ballets Russes with opportunities for the audience to ask questions about the process.

Tuesday 19 October

10.30am-11.30am

English National Ballet class Reh / Sch

Observe a daily class with English National Ballet. A unique insight into the rigours of classical ballet training for professional dancers.

12pm-1pm

English National Ballet Performance and dance / music Q&A Per / Demo / Q&A / Sch

Join English National Ballet for a performance of Michel Fokine’s The Dying Swan danced by Senior Principal Elena Glurdjidze, wearing the tutu designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. Followed by a discussion and demonstration from members of English National Ballet’s Orchestra. There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions.

1.30pm-2.30pm

Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes Lec / Q&A / Sch

Talk led by Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance at the V&A and co-curator for the exhibition, Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929.

Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders.

3pm-5pm

English National Ballet Department of Learning: Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring Reh / Q&A / Sch

Observe this workshop led by English National Ballet’s Department of Learning. Learn more about warm-up exercises and practical techniques to develop an understanding of the choreographic themes in The Rite of Spring. Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders.

Wednesday 20 October

11am-1pm

Other Diamonds: a sense of place, a sense of scale Reh / Q&A / Sch

Working with material originally created for a cast of 25 girls from Copthall School, Choreographer Jennifer Jackson and professional dancer Bethany Elliott focus on re-creating Other Diamonds in response to the environment and artefacts of the V&A. Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders, particularly those interested in choreography.

2pm-3.45pm

Different Diamonds: group to solo Reh / Q&A / Sch

Observe this workshop which uses material developed in the morning, moving from the group to the solo performer. Working with three very different dancers the individual’s own dance is explored and the material is loosely structured using music from Other Diamonds.

Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A level students, teachers and course leaders, particularly those interested in choreography.

4.15pm-5.15pm

The Setting of Diamonds Scr / Q&A / Sch

The session will start with a showing of The Setting of Diamonds, a short film documenting the process of making Other Diamonds by Filmmaker Jane East and Choreographer Jennifer Jackson. Followed by discussion and questions about the inspiration for Other Diamonds. Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders, particularly those interested in choreography.

Friday 22 October

11am-1.30pm

Hubert Essakow with Gable Hall School Reh / Q&A / Sch

Observe a workshop with students from Gable Hall School led by Choreographer Hubert Essakow. This session aims to develop, recreate and rehearse sections from Add Awe created and inspired by ideas and themes from Nijinska’s Les Noces. There will be discussion and questions about the music created by students from Holland Park School. Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders, particularly interested in choreography.

2.30pm-5pm

Creating a dance piece Reh / Q&A / Sch

Observe Choreographer Hubert Essakow’s rehearsal with two professional dancers creating a piece inspired by the Ballets Russes. Using music by Ravel and inspired by themes from the Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 exhibition. Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders, particularly those interested in choreography.

Saturday 23 October

11am-1pm

Re-inhabiting Faun – a choreographic dig Reh / Q&A

Observe this masterclass for English National Ballet School students with Jennifer Jackson. This masterclass investigates body images from Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun and how new movement might be inspired by these old architectures of the body. Sp: Ideal for Dance A-Level and advanced students, teachers and course leaders, particularly those interested in choreography.

2pm-4pm

English National Ballet Department of Learning: Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring Reh / Q&A

Observe this workshop led by English National Ballet’s Department of Learning. Learn more about warm-up exercises and practical techniques to develop an understanding of the choreographic themes in The Rite of Spring. Sp: Ideal for Dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders.

Add Aweperformed at the Peacock Theatre in March 2010

Sunday 24 October

11am-1.30pm

Dressing Up the Story Demo / Q&A

Observe this design workshop led by Designer Dean Blunkell in which traditional Russian tales will be interpreted through costume design. How do you make the story come to life and what are the practicalities and the considerations for the designer?

2pm-5pm

Costume Stimulus Per / Demo / Q&A

Set and Costume Designer Fabrice Serafino and Choreographer Hubert Essakow present the same piece of choreography with different types of costume, from every day clothes to abstract costuming. The choreography will be rehearsed, transformed and adapted to the costume and the mood it creates. The session demonstrates the extent to which costume can affect choreography, from a technical and emotional perspective.

Monday 25 October

11am-1pm

A sense of place/matters of scale: Other Diamonds Reh / Q&A / Sch

Observe this open rehearsal where Choreographer Jennifer Jackson will refine Other Diamonds material with students from Copthall School. The rehearsal will play with different elements in choreographic structures that enable the group to convey a shared idea. Sp: Ideal for dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders.

3pm-5pm

Massine: art, dance composition and the body Reh / Q&A / Sch

Observe this masterclass for English National Ballet School students led by Kate Flatt, Choreographer and Choreography Course Coordinator Royal Ballet School. Massine’s work was famous for his sense of style and dramatic characterisation. This session gives insight into how Massine worked and taught creative use of movement from figurative art. Sp: Ideal for dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students, teachers and course leaders.

Tuesday 26 October

11am-1.30pm

Fashioning Ballets Russes, London College of Fashion (Fashion) Demo / Q&A / Sch

Students from London College of Fashion explore the links between the visual world of costume performance and the ever-changing designs of contemporary fashion. By practically interpreting images from the Ballets Russes, alongside catwalk and street style, students will style their own 3D creation. Sp: Ideal for art and design, fashion and dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students.

2.30pm-5pm

Fashioning Ballets Russes, London College of Fashion (Beauty) Demo / Q&A / Sch

The impact of hair and make-up on a performance cannot be underestimated. London College of Fashion students will be introduced to the colours, textures and styles used in the Ballets Russes performances. Led by a team of make-up artists and stylists, students will create a visually effective ‘look’ fit for a stage performance. Sp: Ideal for art and design, fashion and dance GCSE, BTEC and A-Level students.

Wednesday 27 October

11am-2.30pm

Ballets Russes Design Perspectives photoshoot Demo / Q&A / Sch

Ballets Russes inspired designs by London College of Fashion students will be photographed in a professional photoshoot led by fellow students. Rob Phillips, Creative Director from the School of Design & Technology will answer questions from the audience during the shoot.

3.30pm-4.30pm

English National Ballet and London College of Fashion Demo / Q&A / Sch

Sharing of work from a collaborative project between London College of Fashion and English National Ballet. London College of Fashion students present pieces from their collections and the audience is invited to ask questions to Stina Quagebeur (Choreographer, English National Ballet), Rob Philips (Creative Director, School of Design and Technology, London College of Fashion), Wizzy Shawyer (Head of Costume, English National Ballet) and the students.

Thursday 28 October

10.30am-11.30am

English National Ballet class Reh / Sch

Observe a daily class with English National Ballet. A unique insight into the rigours of classical ballet training for professional dancers. London College of Fashion photoshoot with English National Ballet dancers

12pm-1.30pm

English National Ballet Performance and costume Q&A Per / Demo / Q&A / Sch

Join English National Ballet for a performance of The Dying Swan by Senior Principal Elena Glurdjidze wearing the tutu designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel. This is followed by discussion and demonstration from Wig Mistress, Amelia Carrington-Lee, Head of Costume, Wizzy Shawyer and Writer and Journalist Justine Picardie, author of the new biography on Coco Chanel. There will also be a screening of the Sky Arts documentary Ballets Russes.

Saturday 30 October

11am-12.30pm

Dancing the Ballets Russes: two works: Les Noces and Les Biches Scr / Lec / Demo / Q&A

Geraldine Morris, Senior Lecturer in Dance at Roehampton University presents a detailed discussion of the work of Bronislava Nijinska, focusing particularly on Les Noces and Les Biches. This session will involve a lecture and discussion exploring stylistic links between the two diverse works. Followed by a practical session with a group of young people which an audience can observe. Sp: Ideal for dance A-Level and advanced students, teachers and course leaders.

1pm-2.30pm

Artistic collaborations that shaped Les Noces (1923): Bronislava Nijinska and artists of Russian Avant-Garde Lec / Demo / Reh / Q&A

Bronislava Nijinska’s 1923 masterpiece Les Noces, to Igor Stravinsky’s music and Natalia Goncharova’s designs was seen as a surprising and daring experiment, even for a highly inventive company such as Ballets Russes. Tamara Tomic-Vajagic, PHD student and Visiting Lecturer in Dance, Roehampton University, discusses influences that shaped the production. In addition to this talk, observe a practical session exploring the movement and visual aspects of Les Noces and Nijinska’s style. Sp: Ideal for dance A-Level and advanced students, teachers and course leaders.

3pm-5pm

Your Ballets Russes: A Choreographic Workshop Reh

Observe this practical workshop exploring the choreographic process and developing skills for dance making. Using a range of Ballets Russes source material as inspiration, Choreographer and Lecturer in Dance at Roehampton University, Elaine Thomas will work with young people and professional dancers to create new movement ideas and short dance pieces.

Sp: Ideal for dance A-Level and advanced students, teachers and course leaders particularly interested in choreography.

Sunday 31 October

12.30pm-1.30pm

Different Diamonds, The Setting of Diamonds Scr / Per / Q&A

Following work during the week in the studio, Jennifer Jackson presents Rough Diamond, an integration of the solo and group work developed. There will be another chance to see the short film of the process of making Other Diamonds and discussion of the development of the work.

2.30pm-3.30pm

Your Ballets Russes: sharing Per / Q&A

Elaine Thomas, Choreographer (Collaborative Dance Experience) and Lecturer in Dance (Roehampton University) presents a sharing of the work created in her choreographic workshop on 30 October.

4pm-5pm

English National Ballet School performance Per / Q&A

English National Ballet School students present a performance of choreography inspired by the Ballets Russes.

For school and large group bookings, contact the V&A bookings.office@vam.ac.uk / 020 7942 2211

All activiites are open to general public (no pre-booking required). All sessions are free of charge.

Tickets

Adults £10

Seniors £8

Students £6

Click here for more information or to book tickets. For school and large group bookings, contact the V&A bookings.office@vam.ac.uk / 020 7942 2211. All activities are open to general public (no pre-booking required). All sessions are free of charge.

All sessions are held at the V&S South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL.

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