Virtual Summer Performance & Graduation Ceremony
1st Jun 2020 12:09

We are thrilled to announce that this year we will be bringing our Summer Performance and Graduation Ceremony to you virtually for the first time in our history, on Saturday 11 July at 7.30pm (BST) via 

First Year students in Andrew McNicol’s Splendour at the Winter Showcase

Edited by the BalletBoyz, the virtual Summer Performance gives audiences all over the world the chance to witness the future stars of ballet showcase their talent and celebrates the Third Year Students who are about to embark on their professional careers.

In the first Summer Performance under the direction of internationally celebrated dancer Viviana Durante, students will perform three new works from some of the world’s leading choreographers created through virtual classes and rehearsals throughout lockdown across four different time zones.

Award-winning choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa has used her Memorias del Dorado as inspiration for a piece for the School’s First Year students. Lopez Ochoa’s recent choreography has included Broken Wings for English National Ballet, Red Riding Hood for Ballet Black and earlier this year premiered Frida for Dutch National Ballet.

Third Year students will perform a new creation choreographed by rising star Andrew McNicol. McNicol has previously choreographed for the Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Ballet, BalletX, NYCB’s Choreographic Institute, Royal Ballet of Flanders and McNicol Ballet Collective, among others. Last year he created two works for the schools Winter Showcase, Splendour and Grand Finale, hailed as a ‘classical blowout’ (Dance Europe).

The Summer Performance is completed by renowned choreographer Didy Veldman who has created a new work, Not so Strictly. Inspired by our continued need to move and connect but with the limitations of lockdown, Not so Strictly features the music from social dances including the waltz and foxtrot. Veldman’s career has seen her create over 45 works for 27 international companies including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert, Goteborg Ballet, Introdans and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal.

The Summer Performance will be streamed from 7.30pm on Saturday 11 July on the School’s website and will be available for 30 days. Admittance to the Graduation Ceremony is by invite online.

Image: First Year students in Andrew McNicol’s Splendour at the Winter Showcase © Laurent Liotardo