Dance students inspired by iconic performance

Dance students were treated to a world-class performance of Christopher Bruce’s Ghost Dances when they visited the Theatre Clwyd this week.

The iconic piece of choreography, which depicts victims of political oppression in South America, was first performed in 1981 and has not been staged for 13 years.

Prior to the performance students attended a pre-show talk led by Mark Baldwin, Artistic Director at Rambert (and ex Rambert dancer).

Esther Wingate, dance teacher, said:  “This was a very special opportunity for our students to see such an important piece of choreography performed live with front row seats.

“Students were also star struck to hear from an artist who we have studied and watched perform in many important pieces of Rambert’s repertoire.

"They gained some interesting background about the pieces being performed and a taste of what it would have been like dancing for Rambert in the 1980’s and the differences between professional dance then and now.”

 

Ghost Dances

 

The triple bill also included two new pieces, ‘Tomorrow’ by Lucy Guerin which was based on Macbeth and ‘Hydragyrum’ by Patricia Okenwa.

Esther added: “The technical skill, focus and energy of the dancers was truly outstanding and our dancers are now truly inspired for their own upcoming dance showcase next Thursday in the Sir John Deane’s Theatre in preparation for their practical examinations at the end of this month.”