FOCUS | WHAT CAN STUDENTS EXPECT FROM OUR NEW YOUTH.BALLET PROGRAM?

PHOTO: NICHA RODBOON

PHOTO: NICHA RODBOON

IS THE YOUTH.BALLET COURSE FOR ME?

  • Are you at a pre-professional standard with your dancing?
  • Are you planning to enter into a professional finishing school in the next year and a half?
  • Do you feel confident with your pas de deux and partnering skills?
  • Have you participated in the Sydney Eisteddfod Ballet Scholarship and advanced beyond the first elimination round?
  • Have you been considering applying to compete at the Prix de Lausanne in the next 2 years?
  • Are you open to explore new ideas?

If the answer to the majority of the above questions is yet, then you are a prime candidate for our youth.ballet course.

 

Students participating in our first youth.ballet program in January 2018 will study 21st Century repertoire contemporary ballet repertoire exclusively. This will include guided introductions to the styles of William Forsythe and Alexander Ekman and culminate in a new creation by our ISS2018 Choreographer in Residence Cathy Marston and the presentation of first choreographic sketches from students in our create.dance program. 

 

INTRODUCTION TO WILLIAM FORSYTHE

William Forsythe is synonymous internationally for his ability to push the boundaries of classical ballet to its limits through his innovative and intellectually stimulating approach to choreography. Acclaimed Ballet Frankfurt dancer and ballet mistress of the Semperoper Dresden Laura Graham will be introducing students to the holistic approach required of Forsythe’s style. Regularly staging his works for companies worldwide, students will benefit from Laura’s ability to bend and manipulate the ballet technique, not only meeting the requirements of Forsythe’s choreography but liberating them as individuals. Depending on enrolments, Laura would also like to introduce the intricate partnering work so typical of Mr. Forsythe’s ballets to young students.

 

INTRODUCTION TO ALEXANDER EKMAN

Representing the next generation of choreographers beyond William Forsythe, the repertoire of Alexander Ekman will introduce students to a more absurdist and contemporary movement vocabulary. Former Netherland Dance Theatre dancer Nina Botkay will highlight the precision required of executing Ekman’s style which is often so full of challenging rhythmic complexities. Each season new companies around the world are adding the work of Alexander Ekman to their repertoire as his pieces manage to captivate their audiences with humour and humanity and engage them with highly theatrical worlds.

 

NEW CREATION WITH CATHY MARSTON

Another choreographer creating worlds onstage is Cathy Marston, however Cathy uses narrative and the building of characters as the motivation for creating her ballets. Often re-imagining great works of literature for the stage, Cathy’s creations are known for their ability to empathically engage dancers through her discovery-based processes. Working with Cathy will offer students the chance to develop their skills as co-creators while developing a new ballet with Cathy over the duration of the course. Participants in this course will perform the first performance of this new ballet at ISS2018's new Closing Night Event on 19th January 2018.

 

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January 9-19 2018