The first of our Zoom meetings on Thursday 10th September 2020 at 7.00pm will be with our Patron, Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare. Since becoming Director, Kevin has spoken to the Association every two years, looking back over the last two seasons and looking forward to the upcoming season. How much he will be able to divulge plans for this season remains to be seen. So, as well as looking back over the last two seasons, we will take the opportunity to look back over Kevin’s whole time as Director.
At our second Zoom meeting on Thursday 24th September 2020 at 7.30pm we are delighted to welcome two of our former Royal Ballet School Award winners as our guests. First Artist Annette Buvoli and Artist Harry Churches won their awards in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
From Boulder, Colorado, Annette won her award as a First Year in the Upper School, but then moved straight to her graduate year where she performed the role of The Woman in Mark Aunear’s La Destinée. Annette joined the Company in 2013. Recent roles have included a Priestess in Medusa, Prayer in Coppelia, Winifred Norbury in Enigma Variationsand the Spanish Princess and Big Swan in Swan Lake.
From Sydney, Australia, Harry danced in the School performances of Kylián’s Sechs Tänzeand MacMillan’s Solitaire pas de deux before joining the Company in 2015 on the Aud Jebsen Young Dancers’ Programme. He became an Artist the following season and in 2016 represented The Royal Ballet at the Erik Bruhn Prize.
Annette and Harry have just been performing as part of Dist Dancing on a purpose-built pontoon at the Potemkin Theatre in Hoxton Basin in east London. Some of you may have seen an extract on social media of them dancing to Ennio Morricone’s theme music from The Mission.