Monday November 10th 2014 An evening of talk, exhibition, art and music.
Trinity School, Croydon – where the arts facilities surely rank among the best in the country. With a sublime ballet performance by London Russian Ballet School, an art exhibition, an illustrated talk by Chris Holley on Diaghilev, Ballets Russes and their extraordinary impact on Modernism in the visual arts – plus songs from a Russian singer and a glass of wine – seems like it’s not to be missed. Chris has been a great supporter of MMM for many years and following a Fine Arts degree course at UCA, Farnham, she has exhibited her work and given talks all over the country. <http://www.holley-projects.co.uk>
Through J.D. Fergusson, MMM has a great connection with Ballets Russes and it is embedded in its history. “…they were the greatest nights of anyone’s life.” Renowned Scottish colourist J. D. Fergusson whose art, along with that of Matisse, Picasso, Rodin, the Futurists and many more major 20th century artists, was inspired by nights out at scandalous Ballets Russes productions in Paris.
MMM is always keen to increase the number of its teachers, and are constantly seeking new recruits – producing more classes and getting more people dancing with MMM! This year we have decided to make some changes to update and modernise our training programme for new teachers. We hope these changes will make the initial hurdle easier for those who may have been thinking of training but have not quite found the time, the energy or the courage to take the first step towards becoming a teacher. While simplifying in some areas, we are fully aware of the need to retain our high standards and the comprehensive scope of our course, thus enabling newly qualified candidates to start teaching immediately with confidence.
This year at Summer School we will pilot a new format for the Basic Teacher Training Certificate. Once we have analysed the results of the new format, everyone will be informed and those countries outside the UK, which run their own teacher training courses, will be able to benefit from the pilot course. So we are all looking forward to Chichester this summer and to our first candidates on the new programme!
Although we wear more clothes now, we still share the love of dance, art and creativity that JD Ferguson immortalised in his paintings.
Ann Flower and myself were able to get to the J D Ferguson exhibition at the Modern Art Gallery 2 in Edinburgh and we both felt a special connection to his work due to our life with MMM dance and Margaret Morris. I can see why he has gone down in history as a recognised special unique artist. His work is vibrant, bold, full of character and, in later work, obviously influenced by Margaret and Movement.
Take advantage of his work coming to Chichester while the MMM Dance Summer School is on at, Chichester University 26 July – 2 August 2014.
I can’t believe that Gillian and I have just completed teaching Dance Technique grades 1-3; it was a marathon. We now have Josette (Switzerland) with grade 3 and Monica (Germany) on her way to grade 1, as well as Marianne (Switzerland) aiming for grade 2.
In Josette I saw someone who not only can dance well, but also can construct a dance sequence in a flash. I now eagerly await a choreographic piece from her.
Gillian, with support from my notes, is working on a Grade 1 book – aiming to be ready in 2015. Another step in the future syllabus planning for MMM. Look out for it.
The course was a great success and fun was had by all in the beautiful Bradfield village setting, experiencing the ‘Harry Potter’ dining room and winding down with lots of hilarity at the end of a very full day in the lounge. Join us next year for a combination of hard work, dance and fun.
Even with the easter eggs & pinot grigio, Ruth managed to look beautiful
Following my career as principle dancer and ballet master in Scotland and Internationally, I am now looking to take full advantage of this very fortunate and rich experience and further develop my art as a choreographer. The choreographic medium I have chosen to work in is an area in which I have been drawn into latterly as a mature performer and teacher. It is inspired by the life work and philosophical approach to movement developed by Margaret Morris (MMM), although in many aspects contrasting to the classical background I was raised in, it is also aesthetically complimentary and draws on my own artistic pleasure and fascination for natural movement. The psychological and physical demands of this movement genre are unlike other dance forms, MMM is, and should be, accessible to all. My aim is to bring together, this established yet, in many accounts, uncharted movement approach with my own expertise and joy for dance and to re-establish it as an inclusive art form that crosses ages, cultures and identities and to make it readily accessible for a wider creative community.