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Dancers of The Royal Ballet to appear in a Gala for Ghana

Posted on January 2, 2014


Members of The Royal Ballet, including principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Sarah Lamb, Rupert Pennefather and Edward Watson, will be performing in a unique gala on Sunday, February 2, in aid of Ghanaian charity Ashanti Development.

Taking place at the Royal College of Music’s 400-seat Britten Theatre in South Kensington, London, more than 15 dancers will perform highlights from a range of ballets, both classical and modern. The programme will also feature two world premieres created especially for the evening by Ludovic Ondiviela and Valentino Zucchetti. The programme will also include extracts from ballets by Frederick Ashton, Wayne McGregor, Arthur Pita, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Wheeldon.

The proceeds from the gala will go towards providing remote villages in the Ashanti region of Ghana with water and sanitation, healthcare, education and income-generating activities. Since starting work in its first village, Gyetiase, over eight years ago, Ashanti has worked with more than 30 villages in the area, to fight poverty and strengthen communities.

Tickets for Gala for Ghana are priced from £25 to £35, and can be purchased directly from the Britten Theatre Box Office by telephone on 020 7591 4314 or online by clicking here.


Jonathan Gray is editor of Dancing Times. He studied at The Royal Ballet School, Leicester Polytechnic, and Wimbledon School of Art where he graduated with a BA Hons in Theatre Design. For 16 years he was a member of the curatorial department of the Theatre Museum, London, assisting on a number of dance-related exhibitions, and helping with the recreation of original designs for a number of The Royal Ballet’s productions including Danses concertantes, Daphnis and Chloë, and The Sleeping Beauty. He has also contributed to the Financial Times, written programme articles for The Royal Ballet and Birmingham Royal Ballet, and is co-author of the book Unleashing Britain: Theatre gets real 1955-64, published in 2005.

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