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Playhouse tribute to ballet legend Leo Kersley

By Harlow Star  |  Posted: November 01, 2012

Leo Kersley

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A TOUCHING  tribute to the vision and genius of Harlow Ballet Association founder Leo Kersley, who died earlier this year at the age of 92, will take place at  Harlow Playhouse this weekend.

HBA’s new show Collaborations will be dedicated to the memory of the respected dancer, choreographer and tutor.

Staged in the intimate surroundings of The Studio Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, the varied programme features intriguing collaborations with the deMerc Choir and local artist Anthea Whitworth, whose Pictures From An Exhibition will be brought to life in three mesmerising performances by the ballet school’s young dancers.

The show will also feature the group’s traditional Choreographic Competition and excerpts from some of the best-loved ballets in the classical repertoire.

Michael Branwell, HBA’s artistic director and one of Mr Kersley’s first students, said the show would be a fitting tribute to his former mentor.

“Leo’s funeral was a great chance for his former pupils to come from all over the world to say goodbye,” he told the Star.

“It will feature dances from some of his favourite ballets in the classical repertoire, and our collaboration with the deMerc Choir will feature a performance of the Pavane by Gabrial Faure, one of Leo’s favourite pieces of music.

“This is a chance for all his friends and acquaintances here in Harlow to remember him as well as appreciating the living legacy that he has left to Harlow and all the young dancers of the town.”

Performances start at 7.45pm on Saturday (November 3) and 2.30pm on Sunday (2.30pm). Tickets cost £13 (£9 under-16s) and are available from The Playhouse box office on (01279 431945) or from the website at www.playhouseharlow.com.

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