Bal­let West showcases end of sea­son

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A SHOW­CASE by stu­dents from Bal­let West is tak­ing place in the Cor­ran Halls, Oban, on May 26 and 27 from 7.30pm.

The show­case marks a tran­si­tion for third-year stu­dents as this is their last per­for­mance as a stu­dent of Bal­let West and forms part of their as­sess­ment for the de­gree course.

Gil­lian Bar­ton, founder of Bal­let West, said: ‘ I hope ev­ery­one will en­joy the wide range of styles which ex­em­pli­fies the va­ri­ety of staff we have at the school.

‘ I’m sure you will join me in wish­ing the third-year stu­dents all the best for their fu­ture, whether that be as a dancer, chore­og­ra­pher or teacher.’ For one of the parts of the show­case, chore­og­ra­pher Martin Fen­ton has been work­ing with a hand selected com­pany of dancers from all three year groups to pro­duce a num­ber of pieces of con­tem­po­rary dance. Martin said: ‘As soon as I hear a piece of mu­sic that speaks to me I im­merse my­self in it and start to de­velop the con­cept through vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of shapes, colours and num­bers.

‘Once I have some ideas, I take these into the stu­dio to work­shop with the stu­dents. I en­joy stim­u­lat­ing the stu­dents to think about what they might do and then work­ing with them to build, change and de­velop their ideas.’

Aside from work­ing on pieces for pro­duc­tions, Martin trains the stu­dents for their world of work, rang­ing from work­shop style to the abil­ity to learn speed chore­og­ra­phy.

As a per­former him­self, Martin seems well placed to bring that knowl­edge of pro­fes­sional ex­pec­ta­tions to the stu­dent

body in a safe, learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. He ex­plained that in the world of dance, com­pe­ti­tion is high and great tech­ni­cal abil­ity will not nec­es­sar­ily guar­an­tee suc­cess. He seeks to draw out of stu­dents their in­di­vid­u­al­ity and an aware­ness of how to bring this to fu­ture pro­fes­sional au­di­tions. As part of a wider show­case, year one will per­form to Sea Crea­tures by Soak, year two will per­form to Limit to Your Love by James Blake and year three will per­form to Re­verse Faults by Sam­pha.

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