Moving Art Dance Residency
Tuesday 9 April – Saturday 13 April 2013
The Project Space, Milton Keynes
English National Ballet, Milton Keynes Theatre and MK Gallery are delighted to be joining forces to offer a unique opportunity for young, up-and-coming dancers aged 16-21 to gain practical and performance experience with some of the UK’s leading arts organisations.
The five-day residency will be inspired by German contemporary visual artist Andrea Büttner, celebrating the opening of her solo-exhibition at MK Gallery.
Combining visual art, dance and performance, participants will be put through their paces with daily technique classes led by expert English National Ballet artists, followed by the opportunity to gain a unique insight into Büttner’s work before the exhibition opens. Choreographic workshops will allow participants to explore different ways in which dancers can respond to visual art forms.
This project builds from English National Ballet’s earlier visit to Milton Keynes in October 2012 when English National Ballet took over MK Gallery to create a unique pop-up experience. Principles of the company Begona Cao and Zdenek Konvalina performed a new work by English National Ballet Associate Artist George Williamson, inspired by their resident exhibition James Welling: The Mind on Fire.
The residency will run from the 9 -13 April 2013. More information about the Exhibition can be found at www.mkgallery.org.uk
Dance is the Word
English National Ballet’s thought-provoking dance criticism course, Dance is the Word, took place for the third year this March, providing a platform for aspiring dance writers to showcase their work and develop their skills.
Led by English National Ballet and The Times dance and theatre critic Donald Hutera, Dance is the Word gives aspiring reviewers exclusive access to Britain’s much loved ballet company and a behind-the-scenes insight into English National Ballets Emerging Dancer Award. The ten emerging writers had the chance to watch dancers in rehearsal, pose questions to dancers of the company and attend a programme of workshops before writing a review of the Emerging Dancer awards.
Keep up-to-date with the Dance is the Word writers as they give you exclusive updates from behind-the-scenes at English National Ballet by following our Dance is the Word blog.
Previous Dance is the Word course attendees have acted as ambassadors for English National Ballet’s programme of dance activity throughout Big Dance 2012. They attended performances and events, and reported on the wide variety of Big Dance activities. You can read some of the wonderful insights into dance that these talented writers have produced on the.