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A Review of 24 Preludes for Piano and Ballet in Small Spaces
Posted: 20 June 2011

On 18 May 2011, I had the pleasure of attending the first performance of two contrasting new works by the choreographer, Susie Crow, performed by dancers from the Ballet in Small Spaces, in association with the Exuberant Trust. The first was a ballet entitled, Inside Out, set to the music of Alan Bush's 24 Preludes for Piano, Op. 84 performed by Mr Peter Jacobs. The second was a new ballet sequence, Commedia, set to the music of Robin Holloway's Serenade in C, performed by The Exuberant Players. Mr Martin Leadbetter, who also attended the first performance, has written the following review of the event:

"A unique performance of the 24 Preludes for Piano, Op. 84 took place at The Castle, Wellingborough, Northampton on May 18th 2011. Choreographed by Susie Crow, this fine set of preludes was performed as a short dance sequence, "Inside Out". It was danced by seven performers in a continuous sequence. The choreography was conceived most imaginatively, allowing the dancers to exploit their individual gifts, not only as brilliant performers, but also as masters of mime. The pianist, Peter Jacobs, has played this composition of Alan Bush many times since it was composed in 1977. On this occasion, he played these miniature masterpieces brilliantly showing great understanding and sensitivity of the work.

The choreography was skilfully managed ensuring that each of the seven dancers were given the opportunity to display their individual talents, while at the same time a cohesive, meaningful and enjoyable performance was achieved."

Ballet in Small Spaces gave further performances at The North Wall in Oxford on Friday 20th and Saturday, 21st May. Future performances of this not-to-be-missed event will take place at The Theatre, Chipping Norton on Wednesday 31st May at 745 pm, at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, on Thursday, 2nd June at 7.30 pm, and finally at The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury on Saturday, 25th June at 7.30 pm.