May 2012


Escape the Jubilee with Oxford Improvisers at the Old Fire Station on June 5th!

An evening of performances by the DEC group in collaboration with members of Oxford Improvisers and leading poets.

‘a unique and ground breaking collaboration between four art forms’

The DEC group is:
Malcolm Atkins and Bruno Guastalla: music
Susie Crow and Ana Barbour: dance
Clare Bassett, Kassandra Isaacson, Suzie Moxley: visual art

Featured poets:  Vahni Capildeo, Gavin Selerie

Tuesday  5 June   Doors open from 7:00 pm     Entry: £8/£6
The Loft Room, The Old Fire Station, 40 George St., Oxford OX1 2AQ

evening convened by Malcolm Atkins and Janna Ferrett

Part of the Oxfringe Festival 

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Saturday 26th May 8.00pm, Drama Studio, Oxford Brookes, Headington Hill Campus

Diamond Nights is a series of bi-monthly arts evenings, hosted by Cafe Reason, which brings uncut performance gems to a wider audience.  Conceived by Jeannie Donald-McKim, this informal platform is for sharing new performance ideas, choreographies, experiments and collaborations… (more…)

A chance tonight to see the evocative partnership of Butoh dancer Macarena Ortuzar with cellist Bruno Guastalla, this time working with VJ Dariusz Dziala

20:00 until 22:00 Jacqueline du Pre Music Building

St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

As part of the ‘Hearing Landscape Critically’ conference, M@SH present People, Place & Protest, a concert of music reflecting on protest, and how music can be composed to create the sense of an individual and a place. Featuring electronic music by Trevor Wishart and Dan Jeffries, alongside chamber music, folk flavours, improvisation and theatrical performances. And some viola da gamba too.

MUE  ( Macarena Ortuzar Dance/ Bruno Guastalla Sounds/ Dariusz Dziala VJ) will be taking part in the foyer, and on the grounds.

Tickets: £7 Full / £5 Concessions, students and delegates
For more details:  http://http://www.facebook.com/events/432613103419877/

 

Hot on the heels of the transmission of La Fille mal gardée from the Royal Opera House comes another major classic of the ballet repertoire, this time the  Paris Opera Ballet in live transmission from the Paris Opera at the Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford.

Choreographed by Marius Petipa, La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) is a spectacular and lush work of late 19th century orientalism which tells the story of bayadère Nikiya and warrior Solor, who have sworn eternal fidelity to each other… (more…)

Last minute warning – another live transmission from the Royal Opera House coming up this week at Oxford’s Phoenix Picturehouse, this time of the wholly delightful La Fille mal gardée.

Frederick Ashton’s final full-length ballet is one of his most joyous creations, imbued with his love for the Suffolk countryside. It is based on an 1828 French ballet and the music was adapted by John Lanchbery from Ferdinand Hérold’s original score. La Fille mal gardée was a resounding success on its premiere in 1960 and it has remained a firm part of The Royal Ballet’s repertory since. The title translates as The Wayward Daughter.

Ashton’s choreography calls for a high level of virtuosity from its principals – the youthful passion of Lise and her lover, Colas, is expressed in a series of energetic pas de deux. The ballet is laced with good humour and a whirl of dancing chickens, grouchy guardians and halfwit suitors take to the stage. Ashton affectionately incorporated elements of national folk dance into his choreography, from a Lancashire clog dance to a maypole dance, making La Fille mal gardée (despite its title) The Royal Ballet’s most emphatically English work. Osbert Lancaster’s colourful designs reinforce the robust wit of the production.

Taking the lead at this performance are Roberta Marquez as Lise and Stephen McRae as Colas – not to be missed!

Performance:  Wednesday 16th May 2012, 7.15pm

Booking information: Book online by selecting a time or call the Box Office:
0871 902 5736 (10p a minute from a landline)

http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Phoenix_Picturehouse/film/Roh_Live_La_Fille_Mal_Gard_E/show/d90p03/

Three dance events of interest coming up as part of OxFringe in the Simpkins Lee Theatre, a new theatre space, seating 136-150 and disabled friendly, at Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford OX2 6QA

Immersion in Place by new company Sounding Motion, Flamenco Puro with Amarita Vargas and guests, and Tarang, an evening of Indian classical dance presented by Anuradha Chaturvedi’s Drishti Dance – see below for details… (more…)

With Oxford City Artweeks nearly upon us – from Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th May – drawing your attention to works on display by artists involved in the DEC group and Drawing Dance workshops that happen at URC, in case you wanted to plan a trail themed round images of dance.  Here are some of the artists listed in the ArtWeeks Guide with their site numbers:

272     Kassandra Isaacson:  Drawing Dance and other related images
325 Banbury Road, OX2 7JH
k.isaacson@btinternet.com
16-20 May 2-6pm (Thursday 2-8pm)

279       Caroline Meynell:  Painting in oil and acrylic, alongside drawing, sculpture and wood engraving
St. Michael and All Angels Church, Lonsdale Road, OX2 7ES
http://www.carolinemeynell.co.uk
12-19 May 12-6pm

291        Susan Moxley:  Recent work including painting, print, mixed media and jewelry
43 Oakthorpe Road, OX2 7BD
http://www.susanmoxley.com
12-20 May 12-6pm

304        Clare Bassett:  Lithographic prints and new brush and ink drawings of dancing figures
84 Kingston Road, OX2 6RJ
http://www.clarebasset.com
12-13, 18-20 May 12-6pm