The Creative Artist Programme

The Royal Ballet School has an exclusive programme of creative lectures and workshops, with a roster of internationally renowned creative, cultural and commercial figures.

The programme called The Creative Artist, is aimed at providing additional influences that will support a more rounded education for students, so the School can continue to produce not only dancers of the highest technical capability, but also ones who are versatile, creative and have the ability to portray emotion, drama and feeling on stage.

The School has already welcomed Olympic gold medalist sailor, Sir Ben Ainslie; renowned British sculptor, Sir Antony Gormley OBE; actor, Sir Derek Jacobi CBE and theatre and film director, Stephen Daldry CBE.

Director of both the film and stage productions of Billy Elliot, Daldry explained the influence that ballet has had on his own creative thinking;

‘What I think is really amazing about ballet is that, whatever an audience’s background is, wherever they come from or whether they have any education about ballet, audiences understand grace. There is something so unbelievably universal about the connection with dance, that it is not an art form that needs cultural knowledge, because the audience intuitively understands that something extraordinary is happening.’

He talked about dance’s universality and the importance of it as an art form:

‘I’m sort obsessed with the idea of ballet now, that you can take it into any community, into any context, and people will emotionally and imaginatively respond to it.’

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