Drawing attention once again to dance practitioners’ blogging, for insights into local and professional dance practice, reflection on performances, dance development and creative work gradually taking shape in the studio…

Ana Barbour is an independent dance artist/choreographer with a background in art and a wide range of dance styles.   Since 1994 she has specialised in Butoh performing in UK and Asia.  Work includes theatre, site-specific, cross art collaboration and dance film.   She has performed in a wide range of venues besides theatres from churches, pubs, studios, streets to gardens and art galleries.  Her films have been screened as part of Dancin’ Oxford and in OxDocs International film festivals at Playhouse, Old Fire Station, Phoenix, Penultimate Picture Palace, castle walls.  She has had a busy spring with film and performance work featured in Dancin’ Oxford 2012 – read about it here:


Ségolène Tarte leads a double life: her day job at Oxford University involves research into “understanding the process of interpreting textual artefacts and developing tools to support the act of interpretation”.  However she is also a dancer with a background of conservatoire training in ballet in Paris, Grenoble and Bern, and performance experience in Europe as well as in Oxford.  Here she explores contemporary techniques especially Butoh as well as ballet, and is taking first steps in evolving a choreographic language drawing on these diverse modes of expression, recently showing work at Diamond Nights, URC and Pegasus Scratch Night.  Follow her thoughts on dance here:


And a quick reminder about the Dancing the Invisible – Late Work blog, following the process of this evolving project through to final performance at the Ivy Arts Centre at University of Surrey in May, lead by Jennifer Jackson and involving Oxford artists Susie Crow and Malcolm Atkins: