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Monday 10 June 2013

Royal Opera House Chance to Dance participants (aged 9 - 11) dance in 'The Rite of Spring' Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Final year members of the Royal Opera House’s Chance to Dance project, aged 9 – 11 , performed a special version of Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet The Rite of Spring, in the week that the world was marking the 100 year anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky’s ground breaking music Le Sacre du Printemps in Paris, with Nijinsky’s choreography performed by the Ballets Russes, on 29 May 1913.

MacMillan’s ballet was adapted for the thirty five students by Royal Ballet dancers Kristen McNally and Thomas Whitehead, with the role of ‘The Chosen One’ performed by fellow company dancers Tristan Dyer and Valentino Zuchetti, coached by former Director of The Royal Ballet Monica Mason – who performed the role when she was a dancer with the company. The costumes were the same design as those in the original 1962 version of the production.

Chance to Dance was launched in 1991 and is one of the longest running education projects – with over 20,000 children taking part in its activities over the years. It runs in the London Boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark and since September 2012, in Thurrock, Essex, where the Royal Opera House production facilities are now based.

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Photos: Sim Canetty-Clarke, courtesy ROH

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