The Caucus Race
wonderfully wacky, marvellously madcap…
Sunday 8th July, 2.00pm – 5.30pm

Part of Big Dance and the London 2012 Festival.
Produced by Story Museum, Oxford & Big Dance South East, in association with Cirque Bijou

The day before the Olympic torch passes through the city, we’ll be turning convention on its head with our own eccentric forerunner to the Games. The Caucus Race will be the highlight of Alice 150th anniversary celebrations in Oxford. From start to finish things may not be quite what they seem in this re-enactment of the original Race, which appears in Chapter 3 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Anything might happen, and probably will, at this free “sporting” event with a difference where, in the spirit of the original story, everyone is invited to join in and “everyone is a winner”.

The Caucus Race will take place in historic Merton Field, with its stunning backdrop of Oxford colleges and the River Isis. Merton Field is part of Christ Church, the college where Lewis Carroll, aka Charles Dodgson, was a maths tutor and where the original Alice also lived.Participants in the mass participatory, outdoor multi-art event will be joined by a strange array of creatures, from the Dodo to the Dormouse. The Caucus Race will involve dance, street theatre, and Wonderland games for all ages.

The Story Museum is partnering with Big Dance, so expect an unusual variety of dance styles, with plenty of opportunity to try out new and easy steps. Young people, schools and community groups are all being invited to join in the fun.  The Caucus Race is produced by Cirque Bijou, who are also delivering the Battle for the Wind, one of the highlights of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Movement Direction by Jennifer Irons. Choreography by Sarah Bishop, Jully Caxiado, Emma-Jane Greig, Anne Colvin, Katja Lehmann & Ben Morgan.

Alice’s Day and The Caucus Race are supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Oxford City Council and Pegasus Theatre.  The Caucus Race is part of the London 2012 Festival, a spectacular 12-week nationwide celebration bringing together leading artists from across the world with the very best from the UK. The Story Museum would also like to thank Christ Church for providing the venue at Merton Field.

come and join in!
Do you fancy yourself as a performer? Click on the link to visit the Story Museum’s Caucus Race page where you can Learn two songs (they’re easy!), Learn one of the dances (it’s very easy too!) and download the score…