Both our Upper Sixth Dance and Performing Arts practitioners explored some of the most celebrated theatre and dance pieces of both the 20th and 21st Centuries.
Revelations - Using African-American spirituals, song-sermons, gospel songs and holy blues.
Alvin Ailey’s Revelations fervently explores the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the soul. More than just a popular dance work, it has become a cultural treasure, beloved by generations of fans. It is a celebration of culture, origins and understanding the impact that history has on the future. Our second year Dance practitioners effortlessly executed Ailey’s infamous repertoire with sensitivity and energy - “Sometimes sorrowful, sometimes jubilant, but always hopeful” Ailey’s infamous choreography was given a new lease of life in Studio 816.
It was then the turn of our Upper Sixth Performing Arts practitioners to present their own reimagining’s and reinterpretations of classic naturalistic performance texts. In this festival of theatrical history audiences saw versions of the ominously sinister ‘The Maids’ by Jean Genet, the heart-wrenching ‘Yerma’ by Simon Stone, the hilarious ‘Education, Education, Education’ by the Wardrobe Ensemble and the beautifully violent ‘Herons’ by Simon Stephens. Such a heterogeneous amount of performance work once again showcased all the ways in which our practitioners can push themselves to achieve performance work with truth, authenticity and understanding.