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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

After the August days of summer sunshine it’s briskly back to work in September, rehearsing for forthcoming performances of Late Work with Jennifer Jackson and musicians Malcolm Atkins and Andrew Melvin at the new GOlive Dance and Performance Festival curated by dance critic Donald Hutera (the Times) at the intimate Lion and Unicorn Theatre in London.  Part of the Giant Olive Community Theatre Company, and now going into its twenty-fifth year, Kentish Town’s only theatre has firmly established itself as a cultural centre for high quality and innovative theatrical productions.  GOlive runs from the Monday 9th to Sunday 29th September, see the full programme and booking details here:

http://www.lionandunicorntheatre.com/golive.php

Late Work performances are at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th September; more information about Jennifer’s Dancing the Invisible project of which it was a part, audience comments and link to the Late Work blog can be found here:

http://www.surrey.ac.uk/schoolofarts/research/dance/dancingtheinvisible/

Jennifer Jackson and Susie Crow in the Haiku section of Late Work at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford

Jennifer Jackson with Susie Crow and Malcolm Atkins  in the Haiku section of Late Work at the Ivy Arts Centre, Guildford, May 2012

In May we presented an evening of dance exploring dance and ageing at the Ivy Arts Centre in Guildford. Here’s the project website:
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dft/research/currentprojects/dancingtheinvisible/

The first piece on the programme, Late Work, gets another outing on 21st November at Roehampton University as part of the event detailed below.

Late Work is for four performers – dancers (us) Susie Crow and Jennifer Jackson with musicians Malcolm Atkins and Andrew Melvin –  and interweaves set and improvised dances.  At the heart of the work are questions about how the individual artist is in dialogue with her/his own body or ‘instrument’ and the body of shared disciplinary knowledge – and how improvisation practices and collaboration might give artistic shape to this dialogue.  It is performance as research – so we need an audience who will enjoy engaging in the ideas and challenges that dance and ageing presents.  We would be delighted to see you there.

Jennifer and  Susie Read More

Jane East has recently edited a short video promo for Late Work, that I performed in with Jennifer and musicians Malcolm Atkins and Andrew Melvin as part of Jennifer’s mature dancers’ project at the Ivy Arts Centre at Surrey University in Guildford in May.  I am impressed by Jane’s skill in condensing and capturing a flavour of this piece, and hope you enjoy it.  We will be performing the piece again at Roehampton University on Wednesday 21st November – more details to follow soon…

http://vimeo.com/49299582

It seems to be the season for collating and editing video material, with more links to follow for video shorts about DEC projects, and Commedia and Inside Out from last year’s Ballet in Small Spaces tour…

Susie