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A year ago I didn’t manage to write a review of 2018; which had ended momentously with the wonderful winter wedding just before Christmas of my daughter Joanna and her man Dan.  A very happy occasion with much laughter and song; and the talents of dear dancer friends from Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet days were visible in the bride’s beautiful dress from Ritva Westenius, now headed by Chenca Williams, and gorgeous floral arrangements by Covent Garden’s go-to florist Bloomsbury Flowers run by Stephen Wicks and Mark Welford.

Building up to this special family event had shaped a year otherwise spent in regular teaching but also academic activity; beginning in January with a lecture for the History of Performance Course devised by the admirable Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance at the Victoria and Albert Museum which houses the former Theatre Museum collections. ‘Dancers, audiences and spaces: reflections from practice’ had been originally presented at a Dance and Academia event in Oxford programmed by Miranda Laurence.  It drew on my own experience as a dancer in considering different spaces for dance and their effects on the relationship between performer and audience.  In April the more theoretical side of my doctoral research had its first outing in a paper ‘The ballet class: oral tradition and embodied learning’ at the Society for Dance Research’s conference evocatively titled ‘Dance in the Age of Forgetfulness’. Read More

Exciting news: Sonia York-Pryce’s short film Interprète/Inappropriate Behaviour featuring the danced responses of 8 mature dancers from the UK and Australia to her original dance motif has been awarded the Gold Medal in the first ever “Joie de Vivre” Dance Film Competition being run by Pavilion Dance South West in celebration of UN International Day of Older Persons on 1st October.  The winning films will be being shown in various arts and health venues in the South West over the month of October, and you can see details about them on PDSW’s website here:

http://www.pdsw.org.uk/news/news-and-opportunities/winners-of-joie-de-vivre-dance-film-competition/

Watch Sonia’s film here

Full credits for Sonia’s film can be found here

You can read more about how the film came to be made and Sonia’s research with mature dancers here

And find links to the contributions of some of the British dancers involved here

Enjoy!