June 2012

A chance to see the excellent Drishti Dance led by Anuradha Chaturvedi in action on Sunday 1st July, and to support a very worthy cause in the process…

Charity fundraiser for
Devya Chaya Charity featuring
KATHAK DANCE from Drishti Dance with Anuradha Chaturvedi
Tea/Cakes included
plus Handicrafts Bazaar

Sunday 1 July  3.45-5.30pm
Iffley Church Hall, Church Way
Tickets £10 from the Rectory, Mill Lane, Iffley or
Booking/Enquiries: Ox. 773516 or  http://sarahmckearney@btinternet.com

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences for six series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing with their stunning Tango routines. Now they have created their own live show, Midnight Tango, a breathtaking evening bringing to life all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms…

Midnight Tango is set in a late-night bar in downtown Buenos Aires. Vincent and Flavia will be joined by ten of the finest Tango dancers in the world, and, between them, they will take the audience on a journey into the heart of this intoxicating city, as danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion combine into a spectacular and explosive evening.

Performances: Monday 2nd July 7.30pm, Tuesday 3rd July 2.30 and 7.30pm

Running time: 1 hour 50 mins approx.

To book online:  http://www.atgtickets.com/shows/midnight-tango/new-theatre-oxford/#showinfotabs=overview

Dancin’ the Years Away

In this Gala evening organised by respected Oxford dance artist and teacher Joëlle Pappas, Tac-au-Tac Young Dancers and their friends celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Pegasus Theatre…

As well as talented young dancers from Tac-au-Tac, watch out for performances by some of Oxford’s leading youth dance groups led by Joëlle, Cecilia MacFarlane and Ellie Crowther, including the dynamic Oxford Youth Dance Company, and a first appearance by the new Oxford Youth Ballet led by Penny Cullerne-Bown of East Oxford School of Ballet in new work by Susie Crow.

Proceeds from the Gala will go towards supporting the rich programme of ongoing youth work at the Pegasus.

28th June 2012, 7.00pm

Tickets £15, £10 for under 18s and concessions – selling fast!

Box Office 01865 812150


Mark Bruce Company  in association with The Tobacco Factory Theatre present


Following the critically acclaimed Love and War and Sea of Bones, the Mark Bruce Company presents its savagely beautiful dance theatre production Made in Heaven.

Merging ancient themes with the dystopia of contemporary life, Mark Bruce creates a surreal world ruled by a blinded cop and a malicious virgin, where a prairie girl dreams of other lives, and a chain-gang dances on the edge of an inferno… (more…)

Oxford based musician and composer Malcolm Atkins has written a trenchant reflection on the need for performing arts spaces in Oxford.  For another artist/musician’s passionate view, read Jon Bowen‘s comment on my original piece.  Please add your responses, comments and observations, and contribute to this debate as it gets underway…

Malcolm writes:

The arts in Britain are in crisis but this in itself is not unusual. The Brits have often been suspicious of culture and steadfastly philistine and class based in their approach to the arts. More than anything this applies to the performing arts in Oxford. (more…)

The UK’s leading touring ballet company English National Ballet and World Dance Champions Flawless come to the New Theatre Oxford with a thrilling new show Against Time – a unique fusion of ballet, streetdance and acrobatics.

Jenna and Marlon, creators and performers of Against Time, take us behind the scenes of this unique collaboration… (more…)

Britain’s favourite choreographer, Matthew Bourne, presents a triple-bill of celebrated dances that established his career… (more…)

Last year Oxford company Ballet in Small Spaces rehearsed, produced and opened its new show at the Castle, Wellingborough; a centrally situated municipal arts centre with a fully equipped flexible theatre capable of holding up to 500 people in conventional format or of showing work in the round, supported by a studio theatre rehearsal space, small dance studio and a full time professional technical and administrative team.  This April I was part of the company performing Dancing the Invisible at the Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey in Guildford, a similar flexible theatre space only recently converted from an old sports centre; here alongside the theatre a large dance studio where we rehearsed daily, other rehearsal rooms and production facilities, and a technical crew in which students from Guildford School of Acting could learn by working alongside seasoned professionals.

I revelled in these working conditions which on both occasions enabled focused professional work to be intensively developed, honed and presented at a high standard.  It is not currently possible to work like this in Oxford because Oxford lacks performing arts facilities like these.  (more…)