Delighted to be able to announce that Monday morning contemporary classes will be resuming at URC this coming term. There continues to be a need for professional morning class in Oxford to sustain local dancers, both through practice and through access to other dance artists. So local dancer Rachel Gildea and I are jointly devising a programme under the heading Collective Contemporary Class – to provide regular professional level classes for experienced dancers in Oxford which artists can both attend, and also have the opportunity to teach, sharing their own practice.
CCC classes will run on Monday mornings 10.00-11.30am at the URC in Summertown. The programme will start on Monday September 15th with a series of four classes by John Darvell of nocturn dance. Hugely looking forward to experiencing John’s dynamic and enjoyable teaching – see below for further information.
The cost of attending will initially be £10, but we are hoping to secure some funding to subsidise the price. As before, visual artists would be welcome to come and sketch this class for a contribution of £8.
John Darvell, Artistic Director and Choreographer of nocturn dance will lead a technique class which draws from a range of contemporary styles including Release & Cunningham, plus nocturn’s own special brand of movement. John’s movement material is frenetic, musical with a touch of lyrical style, sometimes linear and always with a hint of oddness. A key focus from class is the ability to move and enjoy dancing. You can get a sense of what class is like here
“John’s enthusiasm and energy is infectious and made the Thursday evening contemporary class at South Hill Park a hugely enjoyable experience” – SHP participant.
“nocturn dance are the dance macabre of the digital world. We seek out unconventional opportunities for contemporary dance. We believe in provoking dance in the shadows; in the cracks in people’s perceptions of art. Experimenting with interactive work, blending performance art with social media.”
John Darvell | nocturn dance
artistic director, choreographer and dance practitioner