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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.


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 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

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

Jonathan Rees and I showed our work in progress on Two old instruments at The Space, Clarence Mews in Hackney on Friday 19th July to a small invited audience of colleagues; dancers, musicians and dance promoters.  A lovely intimate occasion, and feedback given was very encouraging.  Our thanks to all who came, and especially to Caroline Salem for hosting us and making us so welcome.  It has been a great place to create and rehearse.

So we are now looking for funding to take the work forward to full performance, and very happy to have been allocated a place to pitch for CREATE funds at the OVADA Gallery Oxford on Thursday 25th July 6.30-10.00pm.  The artists selected to compete for funds in this round of the innovative CREATE scheme are as follows:
Anja Meinhardt, Creation Theatre, Body Politic UK, Ellen Havard, Susie Crow and Moving Tone.
You are very cordially invited to come along, pay a suggested donation for entry, enjoy a drink, check out the six pitches and cast your vote.  The money collected will go to the artist who garners the most votes, and Oxford City Council will add a matching amount to double this funding.
Full details and how to register and reserve a ticket here:
Please come, this ongoing scheme is providing valuable and much needed support for local artists.  Your vote would be greatly appreciated!


Very unfortunately and possibly because of the heat over the last weekend some of the acoustic panels on the ceiling of URC have fallen off.  The Hall is therefore not safe to use and all bookings have been cancelled until further notice and until the problem is sorted. So all remaining classes of this term have had to be cancelled, and sadly also the planned showing of work in progress on Two old instruments on Saturday 20th July.  Please do pass this information on to any friends and colleagues who may have been planning to come to activities at the Hall over the next week.

Watch this space for an update on the situation and news of any rescheduling of Ballet in Small Spaces activities.  Full details of next term’s schedule will be posted nearer the time.

Have a great summer break and enjoy the sunshine!