Court Whispering

Court Whispering

An exclusive performance by dancers from English National Ballet’s Open Age group inspired by ‘The Glorious Georgians’, in collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces.

Wednesday 16 April, 16.00 – 18.30
Banqueting House, Whitehall, London SW1A 2ER

This season, dancers from our regular Westminster Dance for Health sessions run in collaboration with Open Age, have worked with professionals from English National Ballet to create a piece inspired by their interpretation of the life of the Georgians.

The dancers attended an exclusive, day of discovery at Kensington Palace where they were inspired by the setting of the state apartments, the Georgian artefacts and the stories they learned about the intriguing members of the Georgian court.

The final piece Court Whispering is created for the magnificent surroundings of the Banqueting House and will be performed at a unique performance event on Wednesday 16 April, 16.00 – 18.30.

This new choreography is based on the court interactions and communication of the Georgian era, and will energise the building with music, dance and echoes of an earlier time when it played host to court masques and entertainments. Choreographed by Chris Tudor, with original music by Chris Swithinbank, the piece explores the nature or aristocratic customs, the symbolic language of fans and the juxtaposition of humour and pageantry seen in traditional court dances.

We invite you to come along, and join in for an afternoon of activities inspired by the Georgians. Workshop opportunities will include Georgian storytelling and poetry reading, and a chance to join a group farandole dance. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

This event is free of charge. To attend, please contact the Department of Learning on learning@ballet.org.uk

Court Whispering is inspired by The Glorious Georgians exhibition opening at Historic Royal Palaces in April 2014. Visit www.hrp.org.uk for more information .

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