Throughout the history of performance, developments in music and dance have been inseparable. From theatrical pagan festivals of the Ancient Greeks to the extravagant Masques of the 17th century European courts; from the great collaborations between Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa in Imperial Russia, to the extraordinary interdisciplinary artistic output of the Ballet Russes and their collaborators, much of our most famous and beloved music was originally composed for dance.
For this project, we invite you to create music for a short piece of choreography, performed by two dancers from Quicksilver, Rambert Dance‘s youth dance company. This piece is inspired by Giselle, choreographed for the English National Ballet by Akram Khan.
Duet by Quicksilver
In the video below, composer Shirley J Thompson discusses the dance, and how she might approach composing for it. You may wish to use this guidance to inform your own composition.
LPO Young Composer Ailie Robertson created her own piece inspired by this duet. In the video below you can hear the piece below, as well as hear Ailie’s insight into the work and her creative process.