Magpie Dance start residency at the Royal Opera House


Posted on: September 26, 2019

Magpie Dance start a seven-week residency at the Royal Opera House (ROH) creating a new piece of choreography to be performed at Live at Lunch on Friday 8th November at the Royal Opera House itself.

Performances are an integral part of Magpie Dance’s programme aiding participant’s development, challenging wider expectations and reaching a greater audience. Opportunities for dancers to work with different professionals in prestigious dance or arts venues are continually sought out by the dedicated Magpie Dance team. Thanks to Ruby Wolk, Ballet Learning and Participation Manager, Royal Opera House, ten Magpie dancers will take part in a seven-week residency at the Royal Opera House.

We’re super excited to be dancing with Magpie Dance at Royal Opera House and collaborating with an amazing company”. (Hannah, Laura, Megan and Robert, Magpie Adult Choreographers).

Starting on Friday 27th September, Magpie dancers will be supported by our Artistic Director, Alison Ferrao and collaborating with former Royal Ballet Soloist David Pickering MBE, Learning and Participation Creative Associate (Ballet), ROH. In addition, Laura McCulloch, former Soloist of The Royal Ballet (2001 – 2018) will also take part in the project.

Ahead of the residency David Pickering MBE, said “Thank you for welcoming us into your wonderful world and I look forward to maintaining our cultural exchange”.

The piece will be based on Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet about the Great War “Gloria”.  David has sought special permission from Lady MacMillan to use the choreography.

Robert Clark, Head of Music Staff at The Royal Ballet, will be the pianist for the residency.

Having recently collaborated on a short project with the Royal Opera House, Magpie dancer Hannah, said “It’s magical! A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”. Now we’re able to provide further opportunities to work with these exceptional professionals. At the conclusion of the last collaboration David Pickering MBE said, “It was an amazing opportunity to work with your dancers and observe your practice with them”.

Rehearsals are open to the public to view and we welcome people to attend the free lunchtime “Live at Lunch” performance on 8th November in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden 1 – 1.45pm. Live streaming may also be possible, more details will be available nearer the time.

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