Performing Arts students presented their Final Major Project. A thrilling mix of music, dance and theatre.
An exploration of the Hells caused by our sins! Inferno took the audience on an interactive journey through Stratford Circus Arts Centre, presenting compelling performances inspired by Dante’s Inferno by our student performing arts companies, incorporating dance, drama and music.
NewVIc has a long tradition of excellence in Performing Arts and Music and in recent years NewVIc performing arts alumni have gone on to become professional musicians, actors and dancers as well as choreographers, music producers, artist managers, costume designers, youth workers, events organisers, teachers, arts administrators and journalists.
The performing arts staff are experienced teachers and artists who have established themselves as actors, directors, choreographers and musicians within the industry.
As a Performing Arts student you will benefit from the college's links to some of the top industry artists, companies and theatres such as Frantic Assembly, National Theatre, Old Vic Theatre, Michael Buffong (award winning director and Artistic director of Talawa), Toby Baker (composer and musician), Freddie Opoku Addaie (choreographer and NewVIc alumni), Shammi Pithia (composer and iTunes world music chart no 1)
Our students have gone on to study at some of the country's leading arts providers including universities such as Lancaster, Queen Mary's and Middlesex as well as specialist conservatoires including The Place, Laban, E15 Drama School, Italia Conti Drama School, SSR Studios and Rose Bruford.
This term Year 1 and Year 2 performing art students have been lucky enough to work alongside the Donmar Warehouse on a 10 week project exploring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues and themes.
The project has been run in conjunction with the Donmar's current staging of a new play 'Teddy Ferrera' by Christopher Shinn. Not only have students had the opportunity to work with professional Donmar practitioners in their rehearsal studios, they have also met actors from the company and had front row tickets to see the performance of 'Teddy Ferrera'. Students also took part in a series of workshops about LGBT and heard a talk from Stonewall.
Second year Performing Arts students got a chance to find out how it feels to be a teacher. They spent the term studying community theatre and devised a dance performance and drama workshop aimed at year 9 and 10 drama students.
Students were responsible for contacting the schools, arranging schedules and planning and facilitating workshops. Last week all the planning and preparations were finally put to the test when they delivered workshops to year 9s and 10s at Lister, Royal Docks and Eastlea schools.
NewVIc's BTEC Performing Arts students performed a spellbinding production of 'The Tempest' as part of the UK's largest youth drama event, the Shakespeare School's Festival. Students worked for several months on the show and received a dynamic workshop with professional directors and actors.
Murshed Ahmed who played both Stephano and Ferdinand said "It was a fantastic opportunity to be given a chance to display our talents. The performance overall was entertaining and enlightening and we were lucky to get the chance to perform on a large scale professional stage"
First and second year performing arts students performed a dynamic and powerful production of 'The Accordion Shop' by Cush Jumbo as part of The National Theatre's annual Connections festival of new plays for youth theatres and schools.
National Theatre director, Kate Budgen said of NewVIc's performance 'It was physical and visual, with some strong and dynamic stage pictures and some beautifully choreographed sequences that really complimented and lifted the storytelling.'
Adam Chikalia who played Mr Ellodi said of the experience, 'Its been amazing. Performing in a professional venue is one of the greatest opportunities of my Performing Arts career so far"
Ex NewVIc students Joseph Toonga and his company ‘Just Us Dance Theatre’ presented two evenings evening of hip hop,contemporary dance, spoken word and DJing at The Place, one of London’s most prestigious dance venues.
Having been mentored by world renowned choreographer Richard Alston, Joseph and his company have gone from strength to strength and have been invited to choreograph and perform works all over Europe.
The ED2 performing arts students are presenting Skyvers in a fortnight's time. The students have worked with Michael Buffong, the director of Talawa Theatre Company on Barry Reckord's play. Set in 1963, the play deals with the alienation and rage of a group of south London boys in their last few days at their sink school. Reckord uses the play to explore the failure of the system to cope with those at the bottom of the heap. He captures the language of south London youth – and the themes feel as pertinent now, as they were fifty years ago. Barry Reckord himself was Jamaican, studied English at Oxford University, and used his experience as a school teacher in this, his most famous play, originally produced at the Royal Court.
Michael Buffong's recent highly-praised productions include Moon on a Rainbow Shawl at the National Theatre (and now on national tour) and All My Sons at the Royal Exchange in Manchester. He has worked with our students in the same way that he works with a professional cast; a process that the group has responded well to. It has been a hugely exciting experience for them and we hope that audiences react enthusiastically to our students' performance