The Barefaced Night is an innovative new piece of dance theatre combining movement, live music, poetry and storytelling to retell a Scandinavian folk tale.

Fayra’s true love is cursed to be a bear by day, a man only in the dark of night. She has never seen his face. When the temptation to look becomes too great, she loses that which she loves more than anything. She is left only with his first question to her, “have you ever seen more clearly than you see now…?”

With styles ranging from ballet to salsa, contemporary to ballroom, the show is a heady mix of integrated arts showcasing the best Oxford has to offer in a variety of dance styles magically woven together.

The Barefaced Night will be at Keble College’s O’Reilly Theatre in 6th week from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th of February, doors open 7.00pm for 7.30pm start. Tickets are £7/£5.

Press release:
The cast and crew of student-led theatre production The Barefaced Night are bursting onto the streets of Oxford on Saturday 18th, appearing on Cornmarket Street for one day only. Hoping to win over a big audience for their newly-devised fusion of dance, music and spoken word, coming to Keble College’s O’Reilly Theatre from February 21st – 25th, the BFN team will be shocking shoppers with a display of live music, modern, street and jazz dance, paso doble and even capoeira, the Brazilian martial art based dance
According to director and co-choreographer Hannah Moore, this is but a fraction of the art forms and styles – from ballroom and ballet to hip hop and military drill! Alongside storytelling, improvised music and live recording – incorporated into this adapted Scandinavian folktale: the story of a princess who finds love with a man cursed to be a bear by day and human only in darkness; when her desire to see him drives him away, she begins an epic journey to win him back.

Not content with blurring the boundaries of form, the show also hopes to remove some of the barriers which exist between town and gown performers in Oxford. With new material from talented local writers (such as Alan Buckley, a regular at the popular Catweazle open mic, who also stars as the princess’s father) and dancers and musicians from across town and from many walks of life, this is much more than your average student show.