Hard to believe, but 2014 is the 10th anniversary year of Ballet in Small Spaces. The project came into being with an Arts Council funded research and Development fund project which looked at how ballet might evolve when transposed from large conventional theatres to small or unfamiliar spaces. This resulted in a piece called Catch Your Breath which first saw the light of day at the Pegasus Theatre on 6th February 2004 as part of the Oxford dance showcase programme In the Mix. The rest as they say is history, with a series of projects exploring ballet based work and dance and music collaboration in a range of Oxford venues: Stravinsky in Miniature at the Holywell Music Room, Dance and Music Showcase at St Edward’s School, 2 Solos Projects at the Burton Taylor Studio, pieces inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy performed in Robinson College and Emanuel URC Cambridge as well as in the Chapel at Mansfield College, and an Oxfordshire tour of new works in 2011 with performances of Inside Out and Commedia at The North Wall, Cornerstone Didcot, the Theatre Chipping Norton and the Castle Wellingborough.
The last couple of years has seen further fruitful collaborations with visual arts, music and academe as part of other groups; DEC Drawing Dance, and longstanding colleague Jennifer Jackson’s mature dancers’ project Dancing the Invisible. Rediscovering performance as a mature dancer through these has given the necessary experience to embark on a project which perhaps takes Ballet in Small Spaces the furthest in its journey of discovery of the potential of ballet to go beyond its traditional environment. Read More
A reminder about dates for classes at URC this coming term .
Ballet classes resume this Thursday 9th January. There will be classes as normal on Saturday 11th January, but please note that there are no classes on Friday 10th January, Oxford Academy of Dance Friday classes will resume on 17th January.
Next week and beyond: Schedule will resume as normal on Monday 13th January. However please make a note of the following dates when there will be no classes because of examinations in the Hall:
Saturday 25th January
Saturday 1st March
Half term breaks: There will also be no classes on Friday 21st February and no SRT class with Lizzy Le Quesne on Monday 24th February because of half term. Other classes will continue as normal over half term.
I intend to continue teaching to the end of March with possibly some classes in early April, but will confirm this nearer the time.
See you in class soon!
SRT class study: Antonia Bruce
Delighted to report that following the success of last term’s sessions there will be another batch of Skinner Releasing Technique classes led by guest teacher Lizzy Le Quesne at URC on Mondays this coming term, thus completing the course of 15 lessons. Dates as follows:
January 20th, 27th
February 3rd, 10th,17th (no class 24th February)
March 3rd, 10th, 17th.
Time as before 11.00am-1.00pm. Cost will be £10 per class on a drop-in basis, £35 for any 4 of the 8 classes, or £70 for all 8. Artists will be welcome to sketch for a contribution of £8 per class. A big thank you to Oxford Dance Forum who will be supporting this series of classes.
You can find out more about the classes here:
Please spread the word to any friends and colleagues to whom this may be of interest.