ROH teams up with Brazil theatre for education programme

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The Royal Opera House has launched a partnership with one of Brazil’s major theatres to develop an education, audience engagement and skills programme.

Rio de Janeiro’s Theatro Municipal will link up with the ROH for a two-day education symposium on February 21 and 22.

The event, which has been developed alongside the British Council and its Transform Festival, will bring together dance teachers and practitioners from dance schools in the Brazilian capital to work alongside ROH and Theatro Municipal representatives in a series of talks and practical sessions.

This will be followed by three gala performances, which will include eight Royal Ballet principal dancers, from March 1 to 3 to open the 2013 Theatro Municipal season.

They will perform a variety of dances from the Royal Ballet repertory including the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet, a sequence from Ashton’s Thais and the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake.

The Royal Ballet has also proposed a tour to Brazil in 2015.

Tony Hall, chief executive of the ROH, said: “This is a very exciting initiative between Brazil and the UK.  I’m particularly thrilled that we are sharing skills, training and development between the two countries.”

He added: “This is also a fantastic opportunity to build on our audiences already established in Brazil through our cinema screenings, and seems entirely fitting that the two countries are working together more closely across culture, inspired partly by the creativity that was so prominent during the London 2012 Olympics and London 2012 Festival.”