A new national initiative to boost the development of choreographic practice will give groups of secondary school and college students from across the UK the chance to create and perform short works inspired by some of Britain’s leading choreographers. Around 500 students from 36 schools and colleges will be involved in the ‘Rambert Elements’ pilot programme, which Rambert intends to grow in the future.
Students and teachers will be given professional support in the form of specially commissioned resources created by choreographers Mark Baldwin, Aletta Collins and Alexander Whitley. These will include music, film interviews with the choreographers and demonstrations by Rambert dancers of pre-devised movement phrases and tasks, which the groups can use as starting points. The teachers will also be invited to take part in skills development master classes at Rambert’s Studios in London, and to showcase students’ work at one of six regional venues in early 2016. One group from each regional venue will then be invited to perform their work at a central London theatre in June 2016 accompanied by the Rambert Orchestra.