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Here are links to two short videos of extracts from Two old instruments made by talented video maker Chris Atkins and filmed on location at Braziers Park in March.  Still time to book tickets for forthcoming performances as part of the programme Visible Music, see information here.

http://youtu.be/ik2rXbZSq34  Strong Women

http://youtu.be/hmjb5vqthUk  Portrait

Enjoy!

DSC_0262 Two old inst de Valois pose away web version

Two old instruments photo by Dulcy Lott

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

As a companion piece to the recently posted Inside Out video, here is another short video edited by Chris Atkins, this one featuring excerpts from Commedia, created for the Ballet in Small Spaces 2011 tour and commissioned by the Exuberant Trust – enjoy!

https://vimeo.com/user13797741/review/71522127/339c0874fa

For more information about this tour:

http://www.balletinsmallspaces.co.uk/projects.html

The image below by Bill Cooper shows dancers Jack Jones, Katherine Kingston, Diamaid O’Meara, David Horn, Caroline Crawley and Bethany Elliott.

COMMEDIA; Ballet in Small Spaces,

DEC is delighted to announce a short promotional video by the talented Chris Atkins of the group’s recent Luminous Shadows performance at the Old Fire Station on May 23rd:

https://vimeo.com/70845270

DEC is hoping to release further video material from our two performances that day, to give a flavour of the work in all its variety.  Watch this space!  And do visit the DEC page for further information about the group and its work, photos and video, music clips…

http://decprojectoxford.wordpress.com/

Susie

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