Adam Pudney on The Dream/Song of the Earth

April 12, 2013

From Wednesday 1st February to Monday 5th March The Royal Ballet dances The Dream/Song of the Earth, one of its classic double-bills, at the Royal Opera House.

(Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Observer)

The contrasting combination of Frederick Ashton’s Shakespeare-inspired The Dream and Kenneth Mc Millan’s sombre musings on mortality of Song of the Earth is one of The Royal Ballet’s most traditional and popular stagings. Based on Shakespeare’s famous comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the conflict between the fairy king Oberon and his queen Titiana, danced by Steven McRae and Alina Cojocaru, causes the fairy and the mortal world to mingle and plunge into chaos. This is contrasted with Tamara Rojo as the girl who is torn between the hopeful lover, danced by Rupert Pennefather, and Carlos Acosta playing the Messenger of Death, in The Song of the Earth.

(©ROH/Johan Persson 2011)

Adam Pudney, is one of Danceworks’ highly professional, successful and experienced ballet teachers, who’s CV includes dancing in the corps de ballet and as a soloist in the London City Ballet, working with the English National Ballet in Derek Deane’s arena productions of Swan Lake and Romeo & Juliet, Christopher Hampson’s Nutcracker and assisting with the choreography and setup of scenes in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Since 2008 he has offered physically demanding and challenging advanced and professional classes with a twist at Danceworks.

Adam calls the ROH performance “top notch ballet”. He says that this is the level he and his colleagues at Danceworks aspire to reach with their classes for professionals, and that the occasional appearance of famous dancers at Danceworks such as Lauren Cuthbertson from The Royal Ballet are always an inspiration for the dancers in class.

(©Danceworks/Zsolti Szabo 2012)

Good news for dancers at Adam’s and other Danceworks ballet classes is that famous directors and producers such as Peter Mallek, the founder and artistic director of Vienna Festival Ballet, or Peter Schaufuss, former director of the English National Ballet and owner of the Peter Schaufuss Ballet, visit now and then in search of new faces for their companies and productions.

So if you are an advanced or professional ballet dancer looking to get to the level of the “The Dream/Song of the Earth”cast, wanting to work with experienced professionals and even getting a chance to be discovered by famous directors or producers, come and train with Adam and his colleagues’ at Danceworks.