This week Ballet in Small Spaces premieres two new works by Susie Crow; Inside Out is set to Alan Bush’s 24 Preludes for piano, a rare chance to hear and see this beautiful music interpreted by pianist Peter Jacobs and a team of talented professional dancers. Commedia, from an idea by and in memory of theatre director Sebastian Graham-Jones, takes its inspiration from the fantasy paintings of Claude Harrison featuring commedia dell’arte characters in landscapes, and is set to Robin Holloway’s Serenade in C played by the Exuberant Players. Designs by Ellen Stewart and lighting design by Guy Hoare. Supported by Oxfordshire charity the Exuberant Trust, and the National Lottery through Grants for the Arts.

Performance schedule:
18 May The Castle, Wellingborough (2.00pm matinee and 7.30pm evening)
20 -21 May North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, 7.30pm
31 May The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 7.45pm Harlequin Dances programme
2 June Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, 7.30pm Harlequin Dances programme
25 June The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 7.30pm Harlequin Dances programme

Harlequin Dances provides a playful introduction to ballet in relation to music. Dances from Inside Out are presented by Susie Crow with musical interludes from the Exuberant Players, followed by a complete performance of Commedia.

Venues are intimate, seats are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment!

As part of Oxford ArtWeeks, and accompanying performances, the North Wall Gallery hosts the related exhibition “Drawing the dance, dancing the image” 16th-28th May. This includes a selection of Claude Harrison’s ambiguous and evocative paintings and interpretations of them for the stage by designer Ellen Stewart, in juxtaposition with drawings by established local artists Clare Bassett, Antonia Bruce, Kassandra Isaacson and Susan Moxley revealing line, movement and expression captured in the dancing moment, part of ongoing Drawing Dance activity in Oxford.