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Pupils join professional dancers
Children from Coventry's Leigh Church of England Academy are joining award-winning dance theatre company balletLORENT for a new production of the classic fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin. After workshops run by balletLORENT, Brooke, Alfie, Daniel, Callum, Joshua, Layla, and Lilly, aged between four and nine, were chosen to join professional dancers in the production at Warwick Arts Centre, on October 26 and 27, 2018.
Rumpelstiltskin is the third and final part of balletLORENT'S trilogy of Brothers Grimm fairy tales to tour to theatres across the UK following the award-winning and critically acclaimed Rapunzel (2012-2015) and Snow White (2015-2016). Choreographed and directed by balletLORENT's Artistic Director Liv Lorent, Rumpelstiltskin reunites the team of collaborators that created Rapunzel and Snow White: Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy; five-time BAFTA nominated composer Murray Gold; narrator Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones); BAFTA and Emmy Award-winning costume designer Michele Clapton; set designer Phil Eddolls (joint TMA award winner for Improbable's The Hanging Man); and OBIE and Outer Critics Circle award-winning lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth.
Touring: balletLORENT's Rumpelstiltskin
Liv Lorent said: "We're so pleased to have found a fantastic group of children in Coventry to become part of our team. At this age, children often have innate talent, a lack of self-consciousness and physical beauty in movement, which can be captured and channelled to great effect through projects like ours. The children who feature in our production of Rumpelstiltskin add an authenticity to the fairy tale world we are creating. They bring their own dynamic physicality.''
Creativity: Dance professionals in Rumpelstiltskin
Liv continued: ''We have found that our community casts share their creativity with us with great generosity and have enhanced our work with their individuality. Without them, our range of experience is limited as we are all dance professionals and our bodies are trained in a certain way. But with our guest cast, we can tell stories of humanity with a deeper truth, and they offer the impressions of what our bodies once were, and what they may become."