CAPA College students excel during Intensives Week
It is safe to say that no two weeks at CAPA College are the same. Yorkshire’s leading Creative and Performing Arts College provides excellent Arts training and ‘Outstanding’ education to young people aged 16 to 19 from across the North of England. Every day is filled with song and study, dance and drama as students take their first steps towards a professional career on stage and backstage.
However, life at CAPA College became even more energetic and exciting recently when all first year students were taken off timetable for the college’s annual Intensives Week.
Intensives Week was an opportunity for students to focus on a particular project, learn new skills and techniques and experience the vigour of a professional rehearsal schedule. They worked in nine companies to a strict commission in order to create new and original works.
Over the course of the week, students were supported and challenged to master new choreography, interpret scripts and devise new pieces, learn new vocal arrangements and even master the use of green screen.
The showcase truly demonstrated the diversity of CAPA College with projects including everything from explosive dance performances, magnificent gender-blind casted musicals, both live and filmed theatre pieces, high-tech digital projects and much more.
CAPA College were delighted to welcome a range of impressive guest artists who were on hand to help lead workshops, choreograph new pieces and give careers advice to current students.
The team included Creative Alchemy One who brought their specialist expertise of virtual production to create a futuristic dance film. Scott Howland, co-founder of the film/theatre production collective ‘Nothing 2 Perform’, worked alongside internal artists Sam Eastwood and Tom Tindall to create an immersive theatre piece surrounding the first UK astronaut, whilst CAPA College graduate and esteemed choreographer Kennedy Muntanga worked with his company to create a phenomenal contemporary piece exploring religion, free will and innocence. Finally, professional actors Jonny Dixon and Phil Hill-Pearson worked alongside the CAPA College students to create both a live and filmed theatre performance.
After five long days of rehearsal, the students created nine phenomenal pieces of work: high energy, polished and showing real depth of skills. The progression they have made in just eight weeks of study is remarkable; a credit both to their willingness to learn and the expert teaching on offer at CAPA College.
Don’t take our word for it – after seeing the work presented at a friends and family showcase event, audience members headed to social media to share their experience: “All NINE! performances were all really really entertaining in thoroughly different ways – brilliant strength and depth throughout. Such focus from the students – they should all be really proud of themselves. Thanks for a truly entertaining time.”
We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this exceptional year group!
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