Delighted to welcome the widely experienced and inspirational Fiona Millward for the next two classes in the Collective Contemporary Class series at URC on Mondays 3rd and 10th November 10.00-11.30am. Fiona has a long association with Oxford, but is in demand nationally and internationally, so don’t miss this opportunity to tap into her wisdom.
Class description: The framework for each class is a curiosity around perception, pattern, and relationship, and will consist of a combination of specific tasks with Franklin Balls, touch, set material and guided improvisation to help refine our relationship to gravity, space, self and other. Throughout the class time will be offered to notice the feedback from the body, and space will be shared to embody shifts in orientation.
Fiona MIllward has worked throughout the UK and abroad as a dancer, teacher and choreographer since 1985, and values immensely the alchemy of collaboration that underpins these various roles. Teaching provides an ongoing source of inspiration with opportunities to investigate her own creative practice, and sees her regularly teaching nationally and internationally in a variety of settings. She is a Certified RolfingTM Practitioner and Franklin MethodTM Educator (Levels 1&2). Her choreographic work has received a range of awards and commissions, and she has also enjoyed working as a dramaturg, mentor and choreographic advisor. As a performer she has worked with many choreographers, such as Deborah Hay, Victoria Marks, Fin Walker, Charlie Morrissey, David Dorfman, Gill Clarke, Yael Flexer, Alex Howard and Darrell Jones. Fiona was a Lecturer in Dance at De Montfort University in 2006; Head of Movement at the Oxford School of Drama 1999-2004; and is a National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) Fellow for her work with Independent Dance (ID), which she has co-directed since 1996.
Delighted to welcome back distinguished Oxford based dancer Marina Collard to teach another of her thoughtful and inspiring classes for the Collective Contemporary Class series at URC on Monday 27th October 10.00-11.30pm.
Marina writes: The class begins by allowing time to tune in to the body and the breath. Attention will be paid to the midline leading to finding connection through the whole skeletal system and connective tissue system. In bringing the whole body into a state of awareness, we continue this exploration in moving gradually into complex material. The class has a clear progression, encouraging the dancer to listen to their own sense of weight in the moment of moving and to be playful with their musicality.
Biography: Marina Collard is an independent dance artist and teacher. She has worked for many independent choreographers and companies including Carol Brown Dances, CandoCo and Siobhan Davies Dance Company. Marina is interested in collaborating with artists from different disciplines and has a long-term creative partnership with film maker Tom Paine. She is currently collaborating with photographer Rachel Cherry and writer Gemma Seltzer and recently worked with ceramicist Clare Twomey.
Marina has extensive teaching experience delivering company class and professional class both nationally and internationally. She regularly teaches at London Contemporary Dance School and Trinity Laban where she has also created works for 3rd year touring companies. Marina will be mentoring on a choreographic residency at Gati Dance in Delhi this summer.
A last minute reminder that John Darvell has kindly agreed to give another of his energising and good humoured classes tomorrow Monday 13th October 10.00-11.30am at URC Hall, Banbury Road, Summertown.
Following John, the Collective Contemporary Class series has an exciting line-up of different teachers planned for the coming weeks. On Monday 20th October we are delighted to have secured a single session with Oxford’s very own Cecilia Macfarlane.
Cecilia writes that she is “…continually interested in the uniqueness of each person’s dance, and how this can change all the time.” In this once off session Cecilia will invite the dancers to explore their ‘signature’ moves and to find ways to celebrate these both privately and publicly. A wonderful opportunity to work on this with the immensely experienced Cecilia. And a reminder too that artists are as always welcome to come and draw dancers in these classes.
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See you in class!
Following last Sunday’s performance for CARU, the Avid for Ovid team will all be performing this Friday afternoon 3rd October as part of the Festival of Ancient Tales being masterminded and hosted by East Oxford Community Classics Centre run by the Iris Project at Cheney School in Headington. Lots to enjoy at this lively event: stalls, activities, dance, drama, music, an exhibition and talks by famous authors; full details here. Avid for Ovid will be in action at 3.45pm and 4.45pm in room L2 – only 15 minutes, so don’t be late! Follow this event on our Facebook event page here.
Avid for Ovid has not been idle since Metamorphoses, our showing of work in progress at Corpus Christi College on 28th August; read Ségolène Tarte’s blog post about it here, where you can also find our programme and evocative images by Bruno Guastalla. Since then, Ségolène and Malcolm have shown two pieces at the Contemporary Arts Research Unit‘s (CARU) 1st birthday event Where’s the Art? at Modern Art Oxford on Sunday 28th September. You can see some of Pier Corona’s fabulous pictures of Ségolène in full transformation and Malcolm at the keyboard on the new Avid for Ovid Facebook page here, but here are a couple to give a flavour of the occasion…
Ségolène Tarte as Lycaon, CARU 28th September 2014; photo by Pier Corona
Ségolène Tarte as Icarus, CARU 28th September 2014, photo by Pier Corona
Malcolm Atkins at CARU 28th September 2014 photo by Pier Corona