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Something for everyone at Harlow Ballet Association Gala

Entertainment / Mon 23rd Oct 2017 at 12:13pm

THERE’S something to delight everyone on the programme for Harlow Ballet Association’s forthcoming gala.

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Staged at Harlow Playhouse on Sunday afternoon, the event features scenes from two of the world’s best-loved classical ballets – the Spectre de la Rose pas de deux from Cinderella and the Vision Scene from Sleeping Beauty – but also includes three modern and innovative new works devised and choreographed by students.

The first of these is On The Brink, by 17-year-old Maria Kruger, which turns the spotlight on bullying and its horrific consequences in dramatic and compelling style.

In contrast, 13-year-old Will Ashdown looks back at a more classical form of dance with his expansive work The Crown Jewels, in which each dancer represents a particular jewel in the collection.

The third of these new works is an engaging tribute to R&B superstar Beyoncé, devised and performed to her worldwide smash hit Single Ladies by Millie Ashdown and Phoebe White, both 16.

The programme also includes the poignant and uplifting dance-drama Joseph by Harlow Ballet teacher Michael Branwell.

The afternoon is designed to display the progress students have made over the past few months. And at curtain-up, even the smallest and least experienced children will get their chance to shine as the beginners’ classes take to the stage in The Enchanted Garden, choreographed by Claire Hickles. Portraying butterflies, bees and other garden creatures, many of these children – some as young as four years old – will be appearing on stage for the first time.

The Ballet Gala will be staged at Harlow Playhouse on Sunday October 29 at 3pm, Tickets are priced at £12.50 for adults, £7.50 for children and concessions.

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