Another performance of work featuring Oxford artists, this time at Roehampton University…

In May we presented an evening of dance exploring dance and ageing at the Ivy Arts Centre in Guildford. Here’s the project website:

The first piece on the programme, Late Work, gets another outing on 21st November at Roehampton University as part of the event The Mature Performer, organised by Dance Diary at the Michaelis Theatre.

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

Jennifer Jackson, Amy Howard & Sara Houston: The Mature Performer
21 November 2012, 6pm
Michaelis Dance Theatre, Roehampton University

Does the dancing stop when the body ages? Ballet is closely associated with youthful beauty and as a means of achieving athletic virtuosity. How then does ballet offer creative provocation for the older dancer? How might ‘mature’ dance challenge the established dance aesthetic? ‘Late Work’, conceived and directed by Surrey Lecturer Jennifer Jackson, explores such questions through performance as research by older professional dancers with rich careers as dancers and choreographers with the Royal Ballet and Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet. ‘Late Work’ is a live music and dance event that interweaves set and improvised dances and discussion about aging and dance.

Alongside a sharing of a community project led by Amy Howard, London Broncos Rugby League Dance Officer (Roehampton dance alumni), and a discussion and talk led by Dr. Sara Houston, this evening will engage the audience in questions about maturity, aging, beauty and dance.

Tickets: £8.00 (£6.00 concessions)
Book online at or on the door before the performance

This event is jointly organised by DANCE DIARY and THE CENTRE FOR DANCE RESEARCH. DANCE DIARY is a series of open performances and events promoted by the Department of Dance at UNIVERSITY OF ROEHAMPTON, attracting an audience from both inside and outside the campus.

For further information, please see email

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Jennifer Jackson
Senior Lecturer in Dance, Department of Dance, Film and Theatre
University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH  Telephone: (Direct line) 01483 686502; (Department) 01483 686500