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Dance and Performance Studies students visit Diaghilev exhibition at the V&A and see Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella at Sadler’s Wells

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Dance and Performance Studies A level students had a double treat on their recent trip to London.

The first port of call was the Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum. “Students were given a written task to complete to help them with their exam preparation,” explains Dance teacher Naomi Wallen.

Rebecca Holland, A2 Dance student, says: “The exhibition gave us insights into a wider range of works by the Ballets Russes, which we can now use for comparison.”

“I learnt a lot about the way people portrayed Diaghilev and Nijinsky’s relationship. I certainly got masses of information which I can use for my written exam,” add A2 Dance student Lucy Boyce.

The students then had a chance to see the Theatre and Performance Gallery, with lots of costumes and theatre set designs to examine. “They also saw a rhino costume – and a wind and thundermaker in action,” adds Naomi.

Finally, the group set off for Sadler’s Wells, where they saw Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. “Matthew Bourne’s choreographic devices were great,”says Rebecca. “I can see how to use them in my own choreography.”

“It was an intense, but extremely successful day,” says Naomi. “Both our Dance and Performance Studies students came back with lots of relevant material to help develop their written and performance skills.”

Top photos: the students in the Theatre and Performance Gallery
Bottom photos: scenes from Cinderella