Royal New Zealand Ballet Workshop

July 09, 2018 at 11:27 AM

On the last day of Term 2, our Year 11 dance students were privileged to welcome Royal New Zealand Ballet (RNZB) dance education teacher, Lucy Marinkovich, along with musicians, Yuhka Nagai, Tatiana Lnchchkova, Sally Kim and Alex Eichelbaum from the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra (APO), to their class, to work alongside them in a workshop setting. 

The workshop was based on the RNZB current production of ‘Dancing with Mozart’ and focused on developing our students’ understanding of choreographic techniques and classical dance. Ms Marinkovich put the students through their paces as they moved from warm up exercises through to a choreographed piece - a section of dance from Jiří Kylián’s, Sechs Tänze from ‘Dancing with Mozart.’ Kylián’s, works are sought after and treasured by dance companies the world over. Two works created by Kylián for the Nederlands Dans Theater, inspired by Mozart’s late piano concertos, feature in the current season. 

The choreography taught gradually increased in complexity; a challenge our students thoroughly enjoyed. It was also a rare and fantastic opportunity for them to dance to live music; the APO adjusting their tempo to the pace of the students. 

We thank the Royal New Zealand Ballet and Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra for spending time to work with, dance and musically accompany our students. It was greatly appreciated and the students both enjoyed and learnt a great deal from the experience.

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