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TT1819 Cultural Catalogue


PRIMARY, SECONDARY, POST-16 & SEN OFFERS New English Ballet Theatre Project Name Four Seasons Performance About the Project New English Ballet Theatre (NEBT) is a ballet company created to nurture a new generation of classical dancers, choreographers, artists and designers. Our singular aim is to develop emerging ballet choreographers and act as a bridge company for young, professional dancers. NEBT has recently become the ‘resident’ dance company at the Thameside Theatre, Grays and is developing a partnership with Thurrock Borough Council to expand our outreach activities in the local community. This year NEBT are offering an accessible schools matinee performance of the abstract The Four Seasons and narrative Remembrance ballets; the latter created by world renowned choreographer Wayne Eagling and set to Handel’s Ode for St Cecilia’s Day. Marking the centenary of the armistice of World War I, Remembrance is a story of love, loss and emergence inspired by dancer Marie Rambert’s life. Marie’s personal narrative echoes the lives of many who have been affected by war and honours them in our memories. By watching Remembrance, they will be aware of the historical themes associated with WWI and how lives were affected by this war. Also, within the performance is NEBT’s critically acclaimed ballet The Four Seasons, choreographed by former English National Ballet soloist Jenna Lee and set to Max Richter’s re-composition of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. Both ballets can be used to explore elements of the Music and Art curriculum. You could also use the performance to explore other curriculum areas as The Four Seasons can be linked to Science and English, while Remembrance can be linked to History. You could also look to build in Literacy links covering critical review writing or storytelling. KS2-4. Suitability Schools are invited to attend with a class or a whole year group. Tickets will be allocated on a first-come-firstserved basis. 36

PRIMARY, SECONDARY, POST-16 & SEN OFFERS Friday 21 September 2018, Thameside Theatre, Grays at 12:30. Dates, Location & Format Performance duration is approximately 2 hours (The Four Seasons - 38 minutes; 20 minutes interval; Remembrance - 55 minutes). Children will experience a live dance performance by a professional ballet company and will be able to identify the nuances of ballet as a specific dance form. Learning Outcomes Teacher Commitment & Training By comparing the two ballets, children will be able to observe two ways of approaching choreography and how the body and body language can be used differently to tell a story and portray emotions. It is advised that teachers prepare children in advance for the themes covered in the two ballets, in order for them to fully understand the ideas portrayed. Teachers are responsible for organising transport to and from Thameside Theatre. What happens at the end? Teachers can explore themes from both ballets back in the class room and discuss the impact of seeing these performances live in their local theatre. NEBT will provide schools with an introduction pack which will give details about the performance. Other Resources/Support Costs The pack will also highlight aspects that can be observed before, during and after the performance as well as suggest themes that can be explored in the classroom. £5 per ticket, please also include teacher numbers as well as students. 37