A free half-term project for 14-21 year olds at the National Portrait Gallery.
Responding to the National Portrait Gallery’s Tudor exhibition, Elizabeth I and her People, a group of young people working with choreographer Vanessa Cook made new friends, learnt new choreographic skills and performed in the prestigious public gallery over this three day project.
Applying a contemporary perspective to the exhibition, participants generated movement based on details taken from the paintings, such as the posture of the subjects, the objects they chose to be painted with and the relationship between the foreground and background.
The project culminated in live performances in the gallery on the final day.
‘Despite the diverse range of individual backgrounds and experiences the project turned out very well and suited everybody’s ability, and it looked unified. It inspired me as a choreographer.’ Participant
‘It was so different from anything I’ve done before. The setting was brilliant.’ Participant
National Portrait Gallery
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London WC2H 0HE
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