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Ballet and drama are on the menu for all our BB&Me participants this season. They will all be working very hard at improving their performance skills through drama sessions held at their youth centres and will begin ballet training at Birmingham Royal Ballet to prepare them for the hard work ahead in 2010. By the time fairy lights are switched on and carols singers are in the streets, our active BB&Me crew will have truly deserved their festive break!
Each of the five groups will be working in their youth centre with a drama worker exploring story of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Cyrano. Having watched how the professionals do it, they will be learning how to portray a character and story using dramatic expression which focuses on the body.
The five groups will also be coming together for weekly ballet classes in the same studios used by Birmingham Royal Ballet dancers. These aim to give them the basic skills they need to perform and will build confidence, promote healthy lifestyles, improve posture and technique, and provide lots of fun with plenty of opportunities to meet new people.
So all in all there’s lots of work ahead but as we know from the Still Life, A Celebration performance these guys are up to it and are capable of much MUCH more.
Last night marked the start of the next leg of our journey on the BB&Me project.
Sixty eight young people along with their Youth Workers and Birmingham Royal Ballet staff came to Birmingham Hippodrome to see the Company perform Cyrano.
At 6.30pm everyone gathered in the Patrick Centre for a warm welcome to the project and some helpful insider knowledge on the ballet from its creator David Bintley. The last time everyone gathered in the Patrick Centre was to watch the young people’s performance of Still Life:A Celebration so it was really pleasing to see 17 of those young people returning for their next fix of BB&Me magic.
Next week we start drama workshops inspired by the ballet and also welcome the young people involved in the project into Birmingham Royal Ballet’s studios for regular ballet classes.
It was great to have so many people come to see the show so I’ll leave them to tell you what they thought of it!