A brief update on Sonia Yorke-Pryce’s project with older dancers, Inappropriate Behaviour, of which it has been fascinating to be a part, with news of showings of the work in Australia this summer. Sonia’s filming of 4 Australian dancers and 4 British dancers interpreting her original motif was exhibited in a video installation in the Whitebox Gallery of Queensland College of Art at Griffith University from Tuesday 28th July to Friday 31st July. Sonia will also be making a presentation about her work on this as part of the DANscienCE FESTIVAL this weekend 21st to 23rd August at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. This will include a showing of the final cut of her short film incorporating the interpretations of all 8 dancers: Ann Dickie, Jennifer Jackson, Susie Crow, Nicholas Minns (UK) and Anca Frankenhauser, Ross Philip, Patrick Harding-Irmer and Susan Barling Australia).
Nicholas Minns and Jennifer Jackson rehearsing for Inappropriate Behaviour, Ivy Arts Centre January 2015
Watch Sonia’s final cut here
Read more about Sonia’s work here
Late July and August can be an arid time for keen dancers in Oxford, as local dance schools take a well earned break from their regular teaching schedules, maintaining a reduced programme to cater mainly for students with impending exams and more advanced dancers keen not to lose momentum and fitness. This year for the first time Lizie Giraudeau and I decided to add something to the summer mix by programming an intensive week of daily daytime classes for adult learners at URC, with two hours of ballet in the morning and two hours of contemporary dance in the afternoon. A range of flexible options were offered to allow for those unable to commit to a whole week full time. For those attending the ballet the two hour intermediate/advanced class enabled some time each day for study of a section of classical repertoire; the contemporary class was designed to accommodate different levels of experience, thus giving newcomers an opportunity for an immersive introductory experience.
Summer Workshop ballet group 7 August 15
The ballet classes took as their focus the opening of the legendary Kingdom of the Shades (Act 3) from Petipa’s La Bayadère, set to the tuneful and danceable music of Ludwig Minkus. Read More