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Duchy Ballets The Mousehole Cat - And other Ballets

The Mousehole Cat is an original ballet based on Antonia Barber's beloved children's story.

The Mousehole Cat tells the tale of Tom Bawcock and his intrepid cat Mowzer, who brave wild seas and the fearsome 'Storm Cat' to bring back a bounty of fish. First produced in 2003 this original work is a collaboration between Kay Jones, composer Ian Hughes, set designer David Cockayne and choreographer Terence Etheridge.


The Flower Garden

From Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Snow Queen'.

After the Snow Queen captures Gerda's friend Kay Gerda sets off to find him. Her journey leads her to an enchanted flower garden. Gerda is entranced by the beautiful flowers who dance for her and almost forgets the purpose of her quest. Our Flowers held the audience captivated as the Garden came to life. This piece was set to the original score by Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936).


The Upper Class

For the dancer the ballet class is a daily ritual, normally performed out of sight of the public's gaze.

A number of choreographers of this century and the last, working in both classical and modern dance idioms, have chosen to use the practice exercises and set progressions of 'the class' as material for a performance. These ballets are among the most fascinating and popular creations in the repertory.Our 'Upper Class'was set to music by Carl Czerny (1791-1857).


Our Guests for the 2014 Mousehole Cat & Other Ballets were:-

Roberta Marquez

Roberta Marquez

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Roberta began dancing at the age of four. She trained at the Maria Olenewa State Dance School, taught by local teachers and guest teachers from the Kirov ballet.

In 1994 she joined the Municipal Theatre Ballet and was promoted to principal in 2002. Her roles with the company included Odette/Odile in 'Swan Lake', Swanilda in 'Coppelia' and the lead in 'Giselle'. Guest appearances include dancing as Nikiya with American National Ballet Theatre.

Roberta joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal in 2004. Her roles include Nikiya 'La Bayadere', Lise 'La Fille mal gardee', Sugar Plum Fairy 'The Nutcracker', Juliet 'Romeo & Juliet', Tatiana 'Onegin' and the title role in 'The Firebird'. Her prizes include Best dancer of the Year at the 2001 Rio de Janeiro Dance Awards, She also won silver medal and best couple (with Royal Ballet Principal Thiago Soares) at the 2001 Moscow International Ballet Competition.

In Spring 2013 she was part of a group from The Royal Opera House that visited Rio de Janeiro to forge new links with Brazil through performance, education work and skills training.

The Royal Ballet

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver

Paul is currently studying at Elmhurst School for Dance, under the direction of Errol Pickford. Paul started dancing with Kate Simmons in Warrington before successfully auditioning for The Royal Ballet School at White Lodge.

Despite still being in the early stages of his career Paul has already danced a variety of roles. Some of his most recent credits include appearing in Birmingham Royal Ballet's 2012 'Swan Lake' Tour, Royal Ballet's 'Nutcracker', and in Japan with the Kobisawa Ballet School, in Athens with the Athen's Childrens Ballet production of 'Snow White' and has performed in the Midland Theatre Ballet in their production of 'Beauty and the Beast'.

Paul danced a solo in 'The Upper Class', and the key role of The Storm Cat in 'The Mousehole Cat'.

Elmhurst School for Dance

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