Whilst striving for excellence, are we getting closer?
On 23rd February Upper Shirley High took part in the 2015 Rock Challenge event at Southampton Guildhall.
Based on the Greek myth ‘Five Ages of Man’, this year’s entry was a partnership between the visual arts, drama and the dance departments which created one of the strongest dance and visual pieces ever produced for this event.
We used Gustav Klimt as a starting point which contributed a strong artistic vision for the piece. As a result Miss Cadle and her students delivered a beautifully crafted set with a wonderful design and texture. This design enabled the vision to unfold in the dance.
However the excellence in work did not stop there. This year Miss Kirk, in collaboration with the students, produced the most stunning costumes we have ever had for this event! Make-up inspired by Gustav Klimt produced a fantastic look which complimented the overall appearance of the work.
The lighting, designed by Mrs Moroney and Ben Conway, enhanced the story for the audience. This year the students, along with Mr Jones and Miss Westley, collaborated on the choreography, producing a new look and feel to the movement.
Our students were due to perform last on the evening and as a result they delivered their best performance ever. They performed with grace and flair and superbly applied all the difficult technical skills that they had spent months rehearsing. You could visually see that the students had one goal in mind and they did us proud, coming away with the following awards:
• Excellence in video performance
• Excellence for costuming character
• Award for performers’ choice.
Although we didn’t attain a top spot, being awarded the performers’ choice confirms that the other competing schools recognised that our work is of the highest standard and respected by other schools within the community. It also endorses the fact that we are getting closer to our goal because the team leading this project are constantly striving for excellence.
Junior Jones, Dance teacher