Dance and drama students from Wolverhampton will be calling on animal instincts when they take over DZG today for an exam with a difference.
Fourteen BTEC Level 3 Performing Arts pupils from Aldersley High will be participating in a festival-style site specific performance exam across the zoo grounds in a debut collaboration between DZG and the Codsall school. They will be drawing inspiration from snow leopards, tigers, great apes and crocodiles, culminating in an a cappella rendition of Circle of Life in the courtyard of Dudley Castle at the heart of the zoological gardens. And the students are hoping zoo visitors will join their informal fest as they move around the site during performances.
DZG’s Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: “It is the first time DZG and Aldersley have come together as partners on such an unusual programme and the students have worked hard to achieve extremely high standards.
“They have fully embraced this project and staff at the zoo have been impressed with their dedication and attention to detail and very much enjoyed working with them. We wish them every success with their exam performances and hope visitors to the site today take time to enjoy their work.”
Aldersley’s Head of Performing Arts,Steve Kendall, said: ” It has been a wonderful and ultimately extremely rewarding experience collaborating with DZG on this project. For the students it is invaluable working within the community in such a dynamic and individual environment. DZG’s grounds offer so much and it is great to be pushing the boundaries of how the site can be experienced.
“The performers have really risen to the challenge and embraced the challenge of creating a piece that not only originates within the environment but also, hopefully, extends the visitor experience. “They have become really passionate about the projects that the zoo run and hope this is conveyed in the performances. “Using information from DZG and their partner projects the students have developed pieces that they believe could not be performed anywhere else in the country. “For this we are extremely grateful to DZG for their support and use of their beautiful spaces. This is the first collaborative project between Aldersley High School and DZG and we hope that it will not be the last. “I am very proud of the work that the students have put into their performances and hope visitors will enjoy them.”
Gemma Robinson, Aaliyah Thomas, Amelia McGreggor and Nicole McCarthy turn snow leopards for their exam today at DZG.