Dancing the Invisible – Late Work

Dancing the third age – Researching mature dance

Reflection – work in progress

Reflecting on work in progress on Saturday:

We had an audience of 35 and mix of ages.  We had allowed ample time for but the pressure to set up etc meant we sketched some parts.

So the experience of feeling the structures and narratives of the material itself to emerge in front of an audience was real.

Work in Progress at URC

Here are details about this evening’s work in progress – do come if you are in the area.

6.30-8.30pm Saturday 14th April 2012

United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road,

Oxford OX2 7HN

Oxford artists Susie Crow of Ballet in Small Spaces and musician composer Malcolm Atkins of Oxford Improvisers and Jennifer Jackson in extracts of the work in progress.  Please join us for this informal showing – old or young, your thoughts and feedback will be very welcome!

Entry charge of £5

Refreshments available for a donation.

Doors open from 6.00pm

Susie and Jennifer rehearsal photo shoot

Jumping forward a few days

Jumping forward a few days –

Susie and I met yesterday to refine material that we will present today at the United Reformed Church Hall – a venue that she has used for informal dance presentation in north Oxford. Our experiment with Malcolm and Andrew on Tuesday with structures for our improvisation informs our plan. We’ll present a mix of personal dance reflections and formal exploration in a short programme:

Signature –  Sleeping Beauties – Pulse – Fragmentation – Haiku  – Rhythm and Melody

Reflections on how the physical body is coping! I manage a 30 year old injury to my hip … and whilst we worked long hours last week an underlying anxiety – anticipating the physical fall out from pushing my body too far – is answered so far by a feeling of re-generation rather than stiffness and pain.

Am I dancing in a different way now that I am older?  And if so how? If dancing keeps you ‘young’ – how does this happen? Dancing now I am older ‘feels’ good … it helps realise the potential in the body for re-generation. Movement implies change of some description – I observe the way that moving the body can generate a sense of physical harmony that affects the mind/mood and whole being. The body will naturally want to find its centre of gravity and dancing plays with that  – alignment and change of weight resolved around the centre.  If the conditions are right – the dancing happens.

But does the stress of ‘performance’ induce a different set of body/mind responses?  My objective then today –  to explore the older dancing and performer self.

Day 3

Day 3:  Jennifer, Susie, Ann Dickie and Malcolm McInnes

Malcolm sets us a task to devise a short sequence in response to one of the pieces of fabric he has shown us, for what it evokes from our pasts, for its sensuous and movement qualities and for its potential – where does it suggest we might go? 

Day 2

Day 2:  Jennifer, Susie, Malcolm Atkins and Andrew

Our first improvisation morphed magically out of our individual development of centre work following the barre, practising technical elements and remembered movement phrases, while the musicians Malcolm and Andrew continued exploring the instrumental set-up and getting used to working together. 

ballet pasts …

Day one: Susie and me, Ivy Dance Studio.

Re-searching how we live and dance today with the legacy of our ballet pasts, we unearth discomforts and delights. Our range of movement and fitness is limited. The body/mind must carry and manage old injuries and hang-ups.