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News and events

Updates on events and news relevant to the Benesh community.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Patricia Tierney on using BMN

2017-18 has been varied season for me so far.  In the autumn I was reviving David Bintley’s, Still Life at the Penguin Café, and Aladdin along with Denis Bonner for BRB.  Then after our regular Nutcracker season in Birmingham, the production was re-imagined for the Royal Albert Hall, which meant that David contributed new production elements and we had additional dancers in the big numbers. It was very challenging time for the company but they did a great job.

Since the New Year, whilst the company were in the throes of Sleeping Beauty, I have had some guesting engagements; in Dresden for Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, Sarasota Ballet for Still Life at the Penguin Café and currently in Salt Lake City with Ballet West for David Bintley’s, The Shakespeare Suite. It is always so interesting to teach a ballet to a completely different company. I find I have to delve deeper to bring out the choreographic intentions, musicality and stylistic details. It can still be good fun though and such a pleasure to see the dancers bring it altogether in performance.

Patrica Tierney is the Benesh choreologist and video archivist at the Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Photo: Beau Pearson.

One-day Benesh CPD workshop in Turkey (15 Jan 2018)

A report from Canan Kayacik, CPD workshop leader.

The Benesh CPD workshop took place in Hotel Suadiye with 15 participants. We had a nice breakfast buffet followed by lunch and a tea time buffet, all managed by the British Council.

We followed the required CPD power point presentation which addressed the needs of the participants of how to find their way around the scores. We used the timing nicely and had time to go over additional material.

By the end, most attendees were able to read the scores on their own. I was so proud of them! They had learned a lot and left very happy. Some expressed interest in the BMN for Ballet program. I very much enjoyed delivering this course.

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Online article

A recent article about dance notation in Dance Journal HK, by BMN4Ballet tutor, Iris Tang.

Livestream

Watch our livestream clip of recent the recent Faculty of Education lecture looking at the life of Benesh Choreologist, Amanda Eyles.