Dance

The Studio - Dance

Insights | Creative Area 

“Dancing is music made visible... See the music, hear the dance.”

George Balanchine, choreographer

Music and dance have always been intertwined, and much of the London Philharmonic Orchestra's own repertoire comes from our composers writing for the ballet stage, from the iconic work of Igor Stravinsky, to more recent works such as Ravi Shankar's Sukanya, which returns to the Royal Festival Hall in January 2020.

Our ongoing relationship with Rambert has also brought contemporary dance and music together in our LPO Soundworks intensive projects over the last three years.

In this section of The Studio we invite you to "see the music, hear the dance" by gaining insights from professionals in the business, and trying your hand at composing for choreography.

 

 

Insights

 

Playlist: Greatest musical works for dance
What makes music good to dance to?  Which composers create the best music for dance?  Find out what our expert composers think in this playlist, to get ideas for your own composition for dance.

 

Greatest musical works for dance

Videos in the playlist:

• Shirley J Thompson's favourite works for dance
• Mark Bowden's favourite works for dance
• Mark Bowden on Stravinsky

 

Creative Area

Playlist: Creative brief 2 – Compose music for an extract from Stronghold, with guidance
In this playlist, we invite you to create music to an extract from a longer piece called Stronghold, performed by a trio of dancers from Visual Poets, a hip hop dance crew based in Brighton, via South East Dance. You can watch the dance in the first video, with guidance and musical responses later in the playlist.

Creative Brief 2: compose for silent dance trio

Videos in the playlist:

• Creative brief 2: extract from Stronghold
• Creative brief 2: Approaching the brief
• Response 1 - LPO Soundworks East Sussex ensemble
• Response 2 - LPO Soundworks East Sussex ensemble
• Response 3 - LPO Soundworks East Sussex ensemble
• Response 4 - Max K

Creative brief 2: compose music for an extract from Stronghold

  • • For tips on how to approach the brief, watch the second video in the playlist
  • • You can also  download more written guidance 
  • • What did you come up with? We would love to hear your compositions, to sync to the scene and include in our video playlist.  For this, you can use any instruments(s) or software available to you, and compose in any style you wish.
  • •  If you would like your music to be featured on the playlist, send your compositions (by email or file transfer) as audio files to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. including your name, the names of anyone else playing on your track, your age/school/college if relevant and any comments about your piece you’d like to share
 

Playlist: Creative brief 1 – Compose music for a silent dance duet, with guidance on how to approach the brief
Using this playlist, we invite you to create music for a short piece of choreography, performed by two dancers from Quicksilver, Rambert's youth dance company. The first video in the playlist is the dance itself, completely silent and ready for your music. The second video features composer Shirley J Thompson discussing the dance, and how she might approach composing for it. You can use this guidance to inform your own composition, or ignore it completely! Following this video, we have included responses to the brief.

Creative brief 1: Compose for silent dance duet

Videos in the playlist:

• Creative brief 1: silent dance duet
• Creative brief 1: Approaching the brief
• Response 1 - LPO Soundworks East Sussex Ensemble
• Response 2 - Kate, YCP
• Response 3 - Archie, YCP
• Response 4 - Natalie, YCP
• Response 5 - Sam, YCP
• Response 6 - Ailie Robertson