Monthly Archives: October 2013

Wanting to alert those of you interested in pointework to an emerging opportunity to work on this.

The class that I teach for Oxford Academy of Dance on Fridays 5.00-6.30pm at URC is currently focusing on basic pointework; it includes a barre to warm-up thoroughly, and then the rest of the class is on pointe. Paula Natrass has agreed to open this class on a pay as you go basis to any who might like to join us to work on developing, refining and strengthening their work on pointe. Cost will be £10 per class. I would suggest that those attending should be doing the equivalent of a minimum of three dance classes a week, and should already have some years of ballet experience.

Delighted to be able to offer this opportunity till the end of this term. Please contact me if you have any queries.

Once again classicists at Oxford University have shown a lively interest in dance, with an imaginative research project investigating the forgotten art of Roman pantomime.  This form of storytelling of Greek and Roman myths by a solo dancer became very popular in Imperial Rome, with pantomimes commanding a huge public following.  The form seems subsequently to have disappeared, and little evidence apparently remains beyond a few images and references in contemporary writings.  Under the auspices of The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) researchers are exploring ways to imaginatively recreate or evoke it, by teaming dancers with classicists to collaborate on mining the texts for clues, and compose short dance studies inspired by their findings.  In addition to insights gained as to the nature of this very particular type of dance, the research team, which includes a social anthropologist, is particularly interested in the type of knowledge that can be generated through the engagement of practitioners in the research process. Read More