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Looking back on the last day of 2017… This site has been very quiet this year; but even if artistic production and performance has been less in evidence there has been significant BiSS activity of other sorts, both study and teaching…

Having formally presented to the Roehampton dance research community in November 2016, in the New Year I submitted an initial chapter and a summary plan of my dissertation for examination by my Director of Studies Emilyn Claid, supervisor Geraldine Morris and Internal Examiner dance philosopher Anna Pakes. A viva on these submissions in May happily confirmed my upgrade in the PhD progress; the green light to go ahead and write. Read More

A meeting last night at Malcolm’s of the DEC group to look at footage from the recent Luminous Shadows performances at the Old Fire Station on 23rd May.  Some wonderful imagery which Chris Atkins will be pulling together into a short promo soon.  Meanwhile here are links to two positive reviews of the show:

Rebecca JS Nice review

Paul Medley review

And here are a couple of the lovely photos taken by Sarah Jex:

Ooze - dancer Susie Crow, artist Clare Bassett

Ooze – dancer Susie Crow, artist Clare Bassett

Fold and Stretch - dancers Ana Barbour, Susie Crow, artist Kassandra Isaacson

Fold and Stretch – dancers Ana Barbour, Susie Crow, artist Kassandra Isaacson

A chance to see the DEC group in performance in Luminous Shadows at Oxford’s Old Fire Station next week on Thursday 23rd May.  Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the magical interaction of dance, music and drawing with video projection – book your seat now!  The DEC artists are Ana Barbour and Susie Crow (dance), Malcolm Atkins and Bruno Guastalla (music), and visual artists Clare Bassett, Kassandra Isaacson and Susan Moxley.

The DEC group will also be hosting another Drawing Dance workshop on Monday 3rd June at URC.

Full details here on Oxford Dance Writers

And more information about DEC activities here:
http://decprojectoxford.wordpress.com

And here are a couple more of Naomi Morris’ photographs of Susie and Ana Barbour in rehearsal:

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For those of you wanting to engage with a different approach to expressive movement, and enrich your dancing with something new and thought-provoking, Ana Barbour has sent information about Cafe Reason’s current programme of Friday night classes at East Oxford Community Centre, taught by established local artists:

Cafe Reason Butoh Dance Theatre offers weekly open classes; no previous experience or particular level of fitness is necessary.  We also welcome dance and performing arts practitioners, as well as visual artists and musicians.  Classes are often accompanied by live music. Read More