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DanceEast dancers work with Gareth Malone

Hot House rehearsal - pic: Brian Slater

Young dancers from DanceEast, Suffolk are to perform in world premiere of Hot House at the Royal Opera House directed by Gareth Malone on Sunday 22 July 2012

Gareth Malone returns to his roots on Sunday 22 July to direct more than 200 young people from across the country, including a group from DanceEast in Suffolk, in a special performance on the main-stage of the Royal Opera House. The performance includes the world premiere of Hot House, a new music and dance work based upon a key moment in the history of the Royal Opera House, the price riots of 1809. The cast of young performers includes musicians from the Halle Youth Orchestra, Centre of Advance Training (CAT) dance students from The Lowry, The Place and Dance East, and the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company. There will also be a performance by students from the Royal Opera House’s Chance to Dance scheme accompanied by Southbank Sinfonia and by the Youth Music Voices choir.

The show opens with a special performance by Youth Music Voices – a choir of some of the UK’s most talented young vocalists who will perform Sure On This Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen and Solid Four arranged for Youth Music Voices by Harvey Brough.

Hot House is a new music and dance work based on a moment from the Royal Opera House’s history, the price riots of 1809. After the theatre had burnt down for the second time, the ticket prices rose upon re-opening and were met with protests from audience members during a performance, leading to magistrates reading the “riot act” onstage. Artistically directed and featuring Gareth Malone who has worked with Royal Opera House Education since 2005, the piece has new music composed by Julian Grant with libretto by Stephen Plaice.

The cast involves over 150 young people including 60 from the Halle Youth Orchestra, 50 CAT dance students from The Lowry, The Place and Dance East and 50 from the Royal Opera House’s Youth Opera Company alongside four professional singers Gweneth Ann Jeffries, Heather Shipp, Andrew Rees and Richard Burkhard and four Royal Ballet dancers Gary Avis, Sander Blommaert, Camille Bracher and Thomas Whitehead. Tom Guthrie directs with choreography by former Royal Opera House Associate Artist Sarah Dowling. The piece is designed by Rhys Jarman, who has worked with five set designers and five costume designers selected from colleges in Thurrock. Local community groups from the Thurrock area are working to build and make the sets and costumes in time for the premiere on Sunday 22 July.

This special performance also sees the world premiere of Stargazer by choreographer Morgann Runacre-Temple for 40 10-11 year olds from Royal Opera House Education’s Chance to Dance programme. Inspired by The Royal Ballet’s Metamorphosis Titian 2012, a unique collaboration between The National Gallery and The Royal Ballet in response to works by Titian, Runacre-Temple has created a new narrative work based upon Titian’s painting Baccus and Ariadne. This is the first time that the Chance to Dance students have performed a narrative work. The piece is set to a new score by composer Martin Ward performed by Southbank Sinfonia. The work will also feature Royal Ballet dancers Tristan Dyer, Francesca Hayward, Paul Kay and Kevin Emerton.

In rehearsal with Gareth (Pic: Lucy Bayliss)

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