World Premiere: Didy Veldman Choreography Project
Didy Veldman’s Digital Choreography Project, “A Screen Apart” Premieres on World Ballet School Day
The stream of World Ballet School Day premiered on July 7, which included the premiere of Didy Veldman’s digital choreography project entitled “A Screen Apart.” The stream is available to watch through August 7. Read on to learn more about the project.
On Tuesday, July 7, San Francisco Ballet School and 11 other ballet schools around the world come together to share a message of solidarity in the inaugural World Ballet School Day. Connecting the next generation of young professional dance artists with young people from around the world, World Ballet School Day highlights the resilience, strength, dedication, talent, intellect and passion of students training at professional ballet and dance schools.
The event will also feature the world premiere of a new dance work. Six international ballet schools worked with choreographer Didy Veldman to explore the theme of physical restriction in a project led by The Royal Ballet School. San Francisco Ballet School, Canada’s National Ballet School, Paris Opera Ballet School, The Royal Danish Ballet School and the Dutch National Ballet Academy joined them in a creative choreographic challenge for ballet students in lockdown. The dancers worked in six groups and created and rehearsed with Veldman over Zoom. The students then filmed their individual performances and Veldman and The BalletBoyz have created a film containing their work.
Read more about SF Ballet School’s involvement in the process here.
Take a look behind the scenes at some the world’s leading schools and find out what it means to train at a professional level with talks, rehearsal and performance footage filmed both before and during lockdown, on www.worldballetschoolday.com.
Can’t watch on the 7th? No problem. The stream will be available for one month.
Header: World Ballet School Day; Photo © Arnaud Stephenson