On January 29th, we premiered The Aeneas Project, a rap-retelling of The Aeneid featuring 300 of our students, at the BFI IMAX. We were joined by hundreds of the film’s stars on the day who gathered to watch our teachers perform live rap and an extract from Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas before seeing themselves on the big screen.
The Aeneas Project premiere coincides with the launch of The Latin Programme: Via Facilis’s 10-year anniversary. Young children, whatever their background, should have the chance to learn an ancient language whilst discovering the patterns, history and grammar that underpins their own and do so in a way that is creative, imaginative, and relevant to today’s world.
The film captures the essence of what The Latin Programme: Via Facilis has been doing for the last 10 years. Produced by The Latin Programme: Via Facilis, written by Lucia Yandoli, with music composed by Jonathan Goddard, Ed West, J.F Mordo, and Jazzyman, the Aeneas Project turns up the volume on the voices of the children – their readings, their raps, and their re-tellings as well as the language of the Latin poetry itself.
The Aeneid is relevant to the lives of children in London today. Focusing on rich but accessible themes of ‘journeys’ and ‘finding inspiration for the future’ allows the children to re-frame their own experience through this epic poem and allows us as the audience to re-experience the story through their eyes.
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