A dance-percussion project with secondary school students
After the great success of the dance and film project #Romeo_Julia with two classes of secondary school students in July 2015, the Opera House will be implementing a similar project again this season. Taking Igor Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps as their point of departure, approximately 50 students of a Zurich school will explore the theme of rituals, and over a six-month period will develop their own performance featuring dance and percussion. They will be instructed by two experience choreographers and two musicians.
The students will work in two groups, one exploring the topic from the perspective of dance and movement, the other from that of rhythm and sound. Even a hundred years after its explosive première, Stravinsky’s seminal work has lost none of its radical impact and fascinates young people with its force and vibrating rhythms. The combination of this powerful work with the unbridled energy of the young promises to result in a highly expressive performance.
The theme of rituals is particularly relevant to adolescents, as at that age they will be most likely to adopt a critical stance on predefined rules and customs. They are expected to cope in the world of adults, to assert themselves within it, and to adopt certain patterns of behaviour. At the same time, they feel a strong impulse to break with convention and wish to create their own rituals. Ritualised manners and belonging to a group that endows them with a sense of identity are of great importance – giving them stability and strength, and helping them to overcome personal insecurities. This project offers the young powerful shared experiences and promotes their self-confidence. Thanks to the intensive collaboration with the musicians and choreographers, participants will experience first hand what professionalism in art means, and will develop an understanding of artistic processes. They will gain practical experience of the stage, come to know the Opera House as a diversified sphere of activity, and are encouraged to develop their own personalities. The project will conclude with five public performances on the Studio Stage of Zurich Opera House.