Monthly Archives: January 2015

For the next two weeks Collective Contemporary Class welcomes back Lizie Giraudeau to teach class at URC on Mondays 2nd and 9th February 10.00-11.30am.  An inspiring dancer of grace and fluidity, Lizie is keen to explore finding oneself in the transition between more structured material and free improvisation in her classes; this is her description:

CCC Lizie Giraudeau“A balance of improvised and structured work….We will begin by tuning in to our physical state and gently bringing warmth, energy and openness to the body. Moving on we’ll explore pathways through flowing structured phrases and playful, imaginative improvisation, individually, in pairs and as a group.”

Not to be missed…


Lizie Giraudeau/Saunderson studied at The Place before joining London Contemporary Dance Theatre in 1979 and was later a Founder member of the Siobhan Davies Dance Company.  As a freelance performer she has worked with Christopher Bruce, Kate Flatt, Ian Spink, Rosemary Butcher, David Toguri and Darshan Singh Bhuller. Read More

Delighted to announce a forthcoming performance of Two old instruments by viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees and myself on Saturday 7th February.  This piece celebrating the music of 18th century viola da gamba virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel was premiered last year and performed in a variety of venues.  Once again we are in a library, this time Worcester’s state of the art The Hive which since its opening in 2012 has uniquely brought together both the city’s public library and University of Worcester Library in a stunning honey-coloured new building.

Susie and Jonathan in Two old instruments at Braziers Park, phot by Dulcy Lott

Susie and Jonathan in Two old instruments at Braziers Park, photo by Dulcy Lott

We will be performing in the intimate Studio at 7.30pm as part of a developing programme of events, download the Spring brochure here:

BiSS The Hive Whats On Jan-April 2015

Booking details can be found on page 23, and online here.  Tickets for Two old instruments can be purchased in person from the Information Pod on Level 1 of The Hive, or can be booked by calling 01905 765576 (Monday to Friday, 9.00am-5.00pm).  Find out more about Two old instruments, including further images, reviews and video clips here.

We look forward to seeing you there…



Start as you mean to go on…

This year’s creative endeavours got off to a positive and life affirming start. I joined colleagues Jennifer Jackson and Nicholas Minns in the spacious dance studio at the Ivy Arts Centre at University of Surrey once again on 6th January at the request of dancer and researcher Sonia York-Pryce, to contribute to her research into older dancers.

Sonia’s research into ageism and the mature dancer began in 2013 as part of her Bachelor of Digital Media (Hons) at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia. She called it Does the Dancing have to Stop? and initially involved dancers Jennifer Jackson and Louise Lecavalier in interviews and questionnaires about their process, fitness, and performance thoughts.  This and a short film using archive footage of the young Sonia and the mature became the creative input of her degree; watch the film here.

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2015 set to start strongly as we launch into a new series of Collective Contemporary Class for experienced dancers on Monday mornings (10.00-11.30am) at URC.  First CCC class of the year is Monday 5th January, taught by Roosa Leimu-Brown who will also be teaching on the following Monday 12th January.  Only the beginning of an exciting spring term programme; you can find further details on the CCC Facebook page here.  Don’t miss out, put these enriching Monday morning gatherings in your schedule now!