Virtual workshop with Matthew Bourne’s dance company inspires students
Students from Year 10 to 13 had a fantastic opportunity to join in a virtual dance class with Matthew Bourne’s dance company ‘New Adventures’. Matthew Bourne has a history of re-imagining traditional ballets and showing a theatrical twist which is seen in many of his works such as Cinderella, Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet. The students were taken to a city in Sweetieland from his work ‘The Nutcracker’. Students explored technical skills, gained creative ideas for their lessons and worked on characterisation to develop their performance skills.
Matthew Bourne’s credentials are seriously impressive. He is the creator of the world’s longest-running ballet production, and has been recognised by numerous international awards. He was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours 2016 for services to dance, and awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award – one of the most coveted honours in the world of dance – in recognition of his outstanding services to the art of ballet’.
The students were so inspired and gained so much ‘food for thought’ to develop in their dance lessons. Year 13 students commented: “It was really unique and captured the Nutcracker theme through interesting ways of creating dance and a beneficial experience.”
The Year 12 students shared their thoughts, saying: “It gave a precise insight to the way he develops his works and was a great way to experience new things.” The Year 11 students described the work as “inspiring, a new experience and raising awareness of the field of work when training for a professional dance company.”
Mrs O’Malley, Dance teacher, said: “It was amazing to see so many students getting involved with such a superb opportunity and every single student will be able to take something from the workshop that will help develop their exam work or prepare them for the industry beyond Sixth Form. Well done to all those who took part and for working with a company that is known nationally and recognised for their tremendous talent and success.”