DEAR FRANCES a one act ballet
Choreography: Ruaidhrí Maguire
Composer: Amelia Clarkson
Premiered on 4th June 2019, conducted by
Jonathan Mann at Blackheath Halls, London. Performed by dancers from the Baltic Opera Ballet and Trinity Laban musicians.
Dear Frances is a new one act ballet for chamber orchestra, created in collaboration with Ruaidhrí Maguire in Spring 2019.
The piece is based entirely on the letters and life of Frances Shea, the young East London woman who would go on to become the wife of notorious gangster, Reggie Kray. Set in 1960's London, the work explores the sensitive issues of mental health and sexual consent through the contemporary lens of UK gang culture and the Me Too movement.
In a collaboration that was described as 'astounding' by Trinity Laban panelists, the work differentiates itself from the canon of Kray twin portrayals, with a jazz and folk influenced contemporary classical score as the output of an entirely collaborative process exploring the relationship between music and movement.
The work is still in development.