The English National Ballet School kindly invited a small group of London Ballet Circle members to attend The Wallace Collection where we were treated to a programme of works choreographed by the students.
In the magnificent settings of The Front State Room, The Landing and The Great Gallery, the performances were choreographic “sketches” inspired by paintings and objects from The Wallace Collection. Inspiration was taken from a variety of pieces, from an 18th-Century French Boulle clock, to a portrait of Richard Wallace, to a majestic Baroque painting of the Annunciation. The students spent time studying the works in the three areas of the museum mentioned above, before choosing the object or painting on which they transposed their ideas to the medium of dance. The pieces were then presented in their specific room which made the evening even more special.
The dancers from Year One and Year Two, impressed the audience with their choices of music, their costumes and make-up and, of course, their interpretations in classically based dance. It was a privilege to be there to watch these exciting young choreographers and, more than likely, we will see more of some of their work in the future.