Classical playlists to move at home with
I'm struck by the depth and breadth of classical music and what it brings to the movement classes I offer.
Perhaps it's my imagination but I sense it's capacity to hold people in the places we can feel most powerless or clueless - in times of great sadness, depression , death and birth.
I imagine pieces as a reflection of the composers themselves - Arrhythmic, like Beethoven's heart, manically beautiful like the long stretches of Tchaikovsky not writing at all and then his bursts of extraordinary activity.
I invite you to come and explore how classical music-scapes interact with your moving body, however that is moment to moment.
If you haven't danced to classical music before, have a look below for a few examples of what to expect.
Our sessions often include some live piano with James Hodgson.
James Hodgson was born in Lytham Lancashire, he has a degree in Art History from St Andrews. is an operatic tenor, a singer pianist and was trained as a Music Therapist at The Nordoff Robbins Centre in North London. He recently took a piano diploma and is a Licentiate of Trinity College London.
He has sung over 30 operatic roles, particular favourites have been Cavaradossi in Tosca, Rodolfo in La Boheme and Riccardo in Ballo In Maschera. He has performed internationally as a singer pianist, played for dance, both ballet, ballroom and Revived Greek Dance of the Ruby Ginner Method. His singer pianist work centres around material from 1910 to 1980 with songs by Gershwin, Porter and Noel Coward at the centre of his repertoire. He created a one man show called Genius and Lust which looks at the story of love, the romantic myth in the first half. After the interval it delves into the more murky business of lived Love.
He is currently researching and developing a new one man show with the working title “Break Through Songs”. This will be an exploration of songs that made people famous or have become great hits. It will explore a few thoughts on the why and wherefore of which songs break through.
He is excited to be playing for dance both using composed and improvised music, offering musical inspiration and receiving it from the dancers as the movements unfold.