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Wagner: Ring (Education Project) Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung    

Wagner: The Ring (Education Project)

 

   
Participating Schools 140 children from: Redmans Primary School, Tower Hamlets (2 x year 5 classes), Pooles Park Primary School, Islington (3 x year 2/3).
Cast EE Ping (Woglinde, Freia, Woodbird); Anne Marchand (Brünnhilde, Wellgunde); Lousie Mott (Erda, Fricka, Gutrune, Flosshilde); Paul Featherstone (Siegfried, Mime, Loge); Tom McVeigh (Wotan, Gunther); Dominic Barrand (Alberich, Fafner, Hagen).
Artistic Team Director: Mark Tinkler. Music Director: Steven Neugarten. Stage Manager: Heather Young.
CSM Ambassadors and Workshop Leaders Project Coordinator: Dermot Hayes (BA Performance Design & Practice course Principal Lecturer). CSM Ambassadors: Libby Todd and Chloë Thompson (co-project administratorsand BA course recent graduates); Harriet Wilcox, Emily Lines, Lisa Sheva Dayan, Frances Cooper (BA course current 3rd year students).
Funders Peter Moores Foundation, University of the Arts Widening Participation Fund,
Venues The Dream Space at Pooles Park Primary School, London.
Partners Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice course (part of University of the Arts London); Pooles Park Primary School, London.


Project Outline

The Ring of the Nibelung was a five-step Art, Music and Design project for CSM students and primary schools (30 children each) based on Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Wagner’s mythic world, similar in so many ways to Tolkein’s world of The Lord of the Rings, is a musical treasure box filled with fantastic giants, dragons, women warriors, magic swords and of course, a ‘precious’ ring.

Step 1: INSET and Training

INSET for teachers. Training for workshop leaders. Design tutorials for CSM students.

Step 2: Design it!

Children spent a morning visiting the design studios at Central St. Martins Design studios (Back Hill site) for a practical intro to set, prop and costume design, set modelling, costume drawing, prop making led by CSM graduate and undergraduate mentors.

Step 3: Theatre Trip

Children attended a 90-min, ‘circular promenade’ performance of The Ring at the Cochrane Theatre alongside 6 EPOC singers and 9 CSM student designers. The performance featured 9 different interactive scenes in 9 different locations around the theatre including the orchestra pit, the car park, and the theatre.

Step 4: Workshops in Schools

4 x weekly half-day workshops in individual schools with EPOC workshop leaders and students from Central St. Martins College of Art to design one whole scene for a restaging of the Ring at Pooles Park School.

Step 5: The Ring – re-staged

Re-staging, with children’s scenic design and participation in The Ring at Pooles Park School with original cast. A performance workshop featuring the following scenes designed and constructed by children:

  • the Rhein - an underwater scene with Rheinmaidens and Alberich;
  • the Dragon’s Lair – a cave where Siegfried kills the dragon (Fafner) and takes the ring; and
  • Valhalla – the castle of the Gods.
 

 

To see photographs of the project, including performances and workshops, click on the image below.

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Wagner: The Ring of the Nibelung

 
   
Cast EE Ping (Woglinde, Freia, Woodbird); Anne Marchand (Brünnhilde, Wellgunde); Lousie Mott (Erda, Fricka, Gutrune, Flosshilde); Paul Featherstone (Siegfried, Mime, Loge); Tom McVeigh (Wotan, Gunther); Dominic Barrand (Alberich, Fafner, Hagen).
Production Team Director: Mark Tinkler. Music Director: Steven Neugarten. Lighting Designer: Phil Bentley. Stage Manager: Heather Young. Kate Whitehead & Jenny Hayton (BA PDP Costume Supervisors); Michael Ste Croix (BA PDP Technical Manager); Steve Keay (BA PDP Technician).
CSM Student Designers Chloe Cornell, Lisa Dayan, Emily Lines, Seung Yeon Nam, Milda Lembertaite, Jason Airey, Vered Pick, Harriet Wilcox, Gina Lee.
Funders Peter Moores Foundation, University of the Arts Widening Participation Fund,
Venues The Cochrane Theatre, London; Central St. Martins Back Hill Design Studios.
Partners The Cochrane Theatre, London; Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design BA (Hons) Performance Design and Practice course (part of University of the Arts London).

                  

Siegfried
(Paul Featherstone)
Alberich
(Dominic Barrand)
Rheinmaidens
(Mott, Ping, Marchand)

 

 

To see photographs of the project, including performances and workshops, click on the image below.

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