RCS Modern Ballet Graduation Performance
Graduates of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland dance into their future
For three years they worked on technique, increased body strength and studied their artform. But to be truly prepared for the real world of work, the students on the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA Modern Ballet course needed one crucial ingredient – a professional dance company.
Which is why Scottish Ballet, and artistic director Christopher Hampson, have such a close relationship with the Conservatoire.
‘It’s absolutely essential for any dance training to have a deep connection with the profession,’ says Hampson. ‘So that when students are at the audition stage in their third year, they’ve got a really grounded knowledge of how companies are run and how to input to the creative process.’
Part of that connection has seen former and current dancers at Scottish Ballet choreographing works for the students’ Graduation Performance, plus a work by Hampson himself. And, for the first time, some pieces will be accompanied by the RCS Big Band.
‘The students have to demonstrate a whole catalogue of dance styles – the foundations of classical ballet, contemporary work, improvisation, created works and pieces of repertory,’ explains Hampson. ‘Which presents a challenge for the dancers, and a really wonderful evening for the audience, because they get a little bit of everything.’
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Thu 2–Sat 4 Jun, 7.30pm