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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…

Susie

 

Ballet in Small Spaces on tour… Delighted to give details of further performances of Two old instruments on Saturday 17th May in St Helen’s Central Library as part of the St Helen’s Arts in Libraries Programme supported by Arts Council England through Lottery funding:

Susie Crow and Jonathan Rees in Two old instruments - photo by Dulcy Lott

Susie Crow and Jonathan Rees in Two old instruments – photo by Dulcy Lott

Jonathan Rees and Susie Crow of Ballet in Small Spaces have been delving into the music and dance  of the 18th century, inspired by the salon pieces of composer and viola da gamba virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel.  Their unique performance infoms a contemporary interpretation reflecting on both history and memory.  The viol or viola da gamba is one of a family of bowed, fretted and stringed instruments that first appeared in the mid to late 15th century, and was most popular in the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

2.00pm Afternoon family focused shortened performance and talk:   Grab the opportunity to speak with the professional dancer and musician and enjoy seeing them perform up close.  Listen and learn about the history and stories behind the instrument, music and dancing.

5.00pm  Early evening full performance:  Share an intimate and delightful early evening of music and dance collaboration, with top performers conjuring forgotten pasts into present life through unusual repertoire…

St Helen’s Central Library, The Gamble Building, Victoria Square, St Helen’s WA10 1DYY, Merseyside

Tickets can be reserved for FREE by emailing artsservice@sthelens.gov.uk or by calling 01744 677087  (You will be asked to contribute what you can afford on the day; 1p, £1, £10, no amount is too big or too small)

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Find out more about St Helen’s Council Arts Service here – and what’s on in St Helen’s here

Delighted to announce performances of Visible Music on 25th, 27th and 29th April.  This intimate and pleasurable evening of dance and music in collaboration brings together top performers from Ballet in Small Spaces and Barefoot Opera, conjuring forgotten pasts into present life through danced realisations of unusual repertoire.

The salon pieces of 18th century composer and viola da gamba virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel range in character from exuberant and playful to wistful and melancholic.  They are the inspiration for Two old instruments in which Jonathan Rees and Susie Crow reflect on history and memory.

Dances, Oracles, Mysteries features pianists Julian Jacobson and Mariko Brown, singer Jenny Miller and dancers Chiara Vinci and Francesco Mangiacasale in evocative response to Debussy piano pieces, songs, and the composer’s little-known ballet Khamma, blurring the boundaries between performing disciplines to create a subtle but exhilarating narrative.

Performances:

25th April 7.30pm  Bristol Music Club, 76 St Paul’s Road, Clifton BS8 1LP

27th April 7.30pm  St Leonard’s Church, Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JN

Book tickets for these performances through WeGotTickets.com here and here

Prices £13, £11 concessions plus 10% booking fee; or £15 on the door.

29th April 8.00pm  The North Wall Arts Centre, South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JN

Book tickets for this performance here or call the box office on 01865 319450

Prices £13, £11 concessions plus £1 booking fee

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Hard to believe, but 2014 is the 10th anniversary year of Ballet in Small Spaces.  The project came into being with an Arts Council funded research and Development fund project which looked at how ballet might evolve when transposed from large conventional theatres to small or unfamiliar spaces.  This resulted in a piece called Catch Your Breath which first saw the light of day at the Pegasus Theatre on 6th February 2004 as part of the Oxford dance showcase programme In the Mix.  The rest as they say is history, with a series of projects exploring ballet based work and dance and music collaboration in a range of Oxford venues:  Stravinsky in Miniature at the Holywell Music Room, Dance and Music Showcase at St Edward’s School, 2 Solos Projects at the Burton Taylor Studio, pieces inspired by Dante’s The Divine Comedy performed in Robinson College and Emanuel URC Cambridge as well as in the Chapel at Mansfield College, and an Oxfordshire tour of new works in 2011 with performances of Inside Out and Commedia at The North Wall, Cornerstone Didcot, the Theatre Chipping Norton and the Castle Wellingborough.

The last couple of years has seen further fruitful collaborations with visual arts, music and academe as part of other groups; DEC Drawing Dance, and longstanding colleague Jennifer Jackson’s mature dancers’ project Dancing the Invisible.  Rediscovering performance as a mature dancer through these has given the necessary experience to embark on a project which perhaps takes Ballet in Small Spaces the furthest in its journey of discovery of the potential of ballet to go beyond its traditional environment. Read More

Saturday 20th July 2013, 6.30pm

United Reformed Church Hall, 294A Banbury Road, Summertown (opposite South Parade and Radio Oxford) Oxford OX2 7HN

Drawing Dance image by Susan Moxley

Drawing Dance image by Susan Moxley

The intimate salon pieces of 18th century composer and viola da gamba virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel
range in character from the exuberant and playful to the wistful and melancholic.  They are the inspiration for a collaboration between viola da gamba player Jonathan Rees and Susie Crow of Ballet in Small Spaces, who have been delving into the music and dance of the period to inform a contemporary interpretation.

Please join us as we show our work in progress, followed by an opportunity for discussion, and to give your feedback, which we would greatly appreciate as we develop this piece for performance.

Admission:  £5

Refreshments available for a donation