On 27 February, Mapdance performed in the Bedales Olivier Theatre, staging works by a diverse range of choreographers. This resulted in four pieces which explored different aspects of life in a variety of styles, creating an engaging and contemporary production. The performance involved thirteen dancers, and was comprised of five pieces which were mostly contemporary dance to a greater or lesser extent. They tended to not be heavily reliant on a story-line, merely representing circumstances and interactions, which allowed the audience to project their own meaning onto the pieces. The dancers employed the use of an assortment of music, some of which was played onstage, and used spoken word to great effect. Afterwards there was a short question-and-answer session, which allowed the dancers to share their valuable experience and the audience to feedback their interpretations of the performance.
By Rachel Forsyth, Block 4
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.