Central School of Ballet announces Virtual Conservatoire

2 Apr 2019

One Dance UK’s member, Central School of Ballet have announced the launch of a new project called Virtual Conservatoires. Central School of Ballet, along with five of the UK’s leading conservatoires aim to provide state-of-the-art training and performance facilities using digital technology through this four year project. The creative collaboration will allow the consortium’s students and partners to learn, train and perform across multiple locations in real time. 

Conservatoires involved in the project include:

  • Central School of Ballet
  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre School
  • London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
  • Royal Academy of Music
  • Royal College of Music

To mark the culmination of the project, a production of ‘Otis and Eunice’ involved two interconnected shows performed simultaneously to two audiences, in two venues, from two different cities, giving audiences a dual perspective on the tale. The shows, which were performed in Bristol and London on 29 and 30 March, demonstrate the potential of the Virtual Conservatoire to bring together the best creative talent, marry multiple disciplines, including dance, music and drama, and push the boundaries of the development, performance and audience’s experience of art. 

Following the successful launch of the programme, the consortium plans to continue to extend the reach and impact of the Virtual Conservatoire. The consortium will use the programme to create relationships with sector and industry partners and audiences globally, who will be able to access and experience learning and performance, enhanced by engagement with additional online collections and resources.