For Making Tracks, I will develop a new play – Bolero. I will draw together the stories of Torvill and Dean’s 1984 Winter Olympic ice dance routine to Bolero and the composer, Maurice Ravel, writing the music in 1928. The play will move from Ravel in Paris in the 1920s to Torvill and Dean in Nottingham in the 1980s to Sarajevo in 1984 where they won the gold medal with an unprecedented perfect score. Bolero explores the personal and sporting relationship of the two ice skaters, the politics surrounding the Olympics and its legacy (the ice arena was destroyed in the Bosnian War and used as a morgue) and the life of Ravel. It is an attempt to explore the making of music and the making of history to that music and reflects on the way in which the sporting glory was soon covered in blood. It is a ravelling and unravelling of a compelling cultural and political history.


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