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Performance Studies at the Fitzwilliam

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Where better to look for inspiration than amongst the many works of art in the Fitzwilliam Museum? Year 12 Performance Studies students visited the museum to stimulate ideas for a new, assessed, performance.

“The performance needs to have a community focus,” explains Performance Studies course team leader Sarah Stow. “A work of art in a local museum meets the requirement perfectly.”

Carla Travers, Year 12 Performance Studies student, had this to say about the visit: “Off to the museum we went with lots of ideas in our heads of what we wanted to do – who could have known that the Fitzwilliam museum would completely change our minds – and we left stunned by all the possibilities!

“One of the things that stood out was the portrait of Queen Elizabeth I, because it was quite surreal to think she would have stood before the artist and posed! But what really inspired us was the picture ‘Daughters of Matthew Decker’, which was of four young girls all with expressionless faces. This gave us lots of ideas that we could use in dance, drama and music, creating strange characters and endless storylines. The trip was really good, and I am looking forward to creating a piece of work which explores some of the artwork we saw.”

Sarah comments: “The pieces inspired by our visit will be performed to a live audience in March. More information will be available as soon as the dates are confirmed. We are very fortunate to have such an excellent source of material as the Fitzwilliam Museum close to hand and look forward to seeing the results of this assignment.”