Peak Ballet is a small school focussing on ballet and does not have immediate plans to produce a school ‘show’. However, Peak Ballet is involved in smaller opportunities to perform locally within the community and students of all ages are encouraged to take part. In addition, each term Peak Ballet’s young dancers are given the opportunity to dance for their parents/carers within the studio setting to encourage and nurture a performance quality that is so important in the art of dance.
10th November, 2018 – The Poppy Path
Peak Ballet was asked to produce a piece of work to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in collaboration with Hecate Arts at Cromford Mills. At The Poppy Path Peak Ballet dancers represented the families of Cromford and transported the audience to a time when women ‘held the fort’ and children were caught between the innocence of childhood and the horrors of war. During WW1, Cromford Mills was used as a laundry where the women of the village worked.
The video of the performance (below) captures the repetitive nature of this work whilst the children play in the shadow of war. Choreographed by the dancers (children, adults and Silver Swans), the commemorative work used movement and mime to tell poignant stories and portray the powerful emotions of those left behind when Cromford’s men went to war.
Peak Ballet was delighted at the public response to this piece and is extremely proud of those that took part. The dancers thought nothing of working outside at the mercy of the elements, the traffic noise or their uneven ‘stage’!