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It is that day of the year when all our extended family make predictions as to what the coming year will hold.  I find these very difficult; much easier to reflect back on 2013 and see what that reveals.  Finding the way forward by looking to the past seems to have been rather a theme in creative work this year… 

Jennifer Jackson and I joined forces once again with deluxe improvising duo of composers Malcolm Atkins and Andrew Melvin to perform Late Work at Donald Hutera’s GoLive festival of new dance and performance in September at the Lion and Unicorn pub in Kentish Town.  The piece reflects on our past as dancers and how we are shaped by ballet’s language and historic repertoire.  This really was ballet in a very small space, but thrilling to be part of this lively and refreshing event and its richly varied programme. Read More

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:

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…


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:

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

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Conscious that most of the news on this blog of late has been about classes, and little about creative work, which has nevertheless been going on in the background.  So it is with pleasure that I announce a forthcoming event; DEC Project Oxford in informal concert with the delightful AMV, Oxford’s premier inauthentic early music group, on Saturday 4th May at All Saints Church in Headington.  A chance to see a taster of the mysterious interaction between dancers, musicians and visual artists with live projection of drawing in the moment that we have been exploring and developing since 2010.  Organised by the indefatigable Jean Wykes this concert is part of the opening festivities of Headington and Marston Artweeks, part of this year’s Oxfordshire Artweeks festival.  You can find out all about it here on Oxford Dance Writers:

If you cannot make this event, DEC will be performing later this month on Thursday 23rd May at the Old Fire Station – more information to be posted shortly…  You can also see video of our work in a previous performance at the Pegasus Theatre here.

Classes at URC resume on Monday 7th January, and what better way to kick off 2013 than with a series of contemporary classes with Marina Collard, who has recently joined the Oxford dance community, and brings a wealth of experience as a fine dancer and creative independent artist, having danced with leading contemporary companies and much in demand for teaching.  Marina will be teaching 4 classes aimed at dancers with experience at the usual time of 12.00-2.00pm on the following days:
7th, 14th, 28th January, 4th February. Read More

It’s that day in the calendar to take stock, so sitting here looking out at the rain and hoping that the year ahead will be less waterlogged than 2012… A year of ups and downs – my artistic highlights dancing with wonderful colleagues in Late Work and Dancing the Invisible and the fantastical and ever developing work with the DEC group, planning to blossom into performance in 2013. Read More

To drinks at the new OVADA (Oxford Visual Arts Development Agency) space yesterday with artists Clare Bassett and Susan Moxley from the DEC group.  This delapidated warehouse offers a high top lit space, full of remnants of an industrial past, with ancillary offices and well worn wooden stairs to a ramshackle gallery.  Currently being used as an artist’s studio, it is drafty and chilly with rough and uneven concrete flooring; but generously sized, full of atmospheric potential, and in a strategically central location.  Just what the arts in Oxford need!  Let’s hope that OVADA, who will start programming in the new year, can hang onto it beyond the five years currently planned…

You can see a panoramic view of the warehouse here:

As they say, watch this space…