Elmhurst Ballet Company is pleased to announce details of Synergy, an evening of dance excerpts by some of the most influential figures in the history of ballet, including Ninette de Valois’s Checkmate, widely regarded as de Valois' signature ballet and a cornerstone of the British ballet repertoire. Excerpts from Frederick Ashton’s Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Peter Wright’s Swan Lake, and David Bintley’s Take Five also appear in the mix, and will be combined with new works, including a contemporary piece by Studio Wayne McGregor.
Ballet teacher Sander Blommaert, flamenco teacher Ana Garcia, and Elmhurst Ballet Company member Jakob Myers will also create new works for the show. Jakob’s talent for dance was discovered through Birmingham Royal Ballet’s talent identification Dance Track programme, and he went on to train full-time here at Elmhurst, where he became Head Boy in his second year of sixth form, and he will graduate in July 2020 with his fellow Company dancers and year group.
Synergy opens at Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham on 7 & 8 February, followed by performances at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London, on 15 February 2020.
Elmhurst Ballet Company bridges the gap between school and professional life, equipping our students with the necessary skills and attributes to secure employment with world class dance companies. Company experience provides an opportunity for the dancers to produce their own work, tour, and take ballet out into the community.
Synergy marks the second production and tour presented by Elmhurst Ballet Company, and the first for the ‘Class of 2020’. This year’s Company members are: Jennifer Beattie (Newcastle); Maisie Butler (Birmingham); Joshua Dart (Torquay); Ruben Flynn-Kann (Queensland, Australia); Lucy Elizabeth Fox (Sudbury); William Mitchell (York); Jakob Myers (Birmingham); Emily Ormsby (Warwick); Grace Owen (Tamworth); Olivia Parham (Callington, Cornwall); and Mia Stapleton (Cannock).
The company recently performed alongside London Schools Symphony Orchestra’s celebrations for Eleanor Alberga’s 70th birthday in a performance of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' at Barbican Hall in London.
Friday 7 & Saturday 8 February 2020 at 7pm
Elmhurst Ballet School, BIRMINGHAM
Tickets: Via Elmhurst Ballet School’s Eventbrite page www.elmhurstballetschool.eventbrite.co.uk/
Saturday 15 February 2020 at 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, LONDON
Tickets: www.sadlerswells.com/ 020 7863 8000
Transaction fee applies: £3 for telephone bookings and £1.95 for online bookings. No charge in person at Ticket Office
Photo credit: Andrew Ross