September 2012


Words Worth

A welcome return visit to the Burton Taylor Studio…  Under the discerning artistic direction of Yolande Yorke-Edgell, Yorke Dance Project is building a reputation for ambitious and diverse work. Its new programme Words Worth features premieres by Anton du Beke, John Pennington, Alessio Barbarossa and Yorke-Edgell herself.

Anton Du Beke’s first work for the company, Easy to Love, is his first foray into contemporary dance. He brings his wit, charm and exceptional talent to a series of duets and double duets inspired by the glamour of old-school Hollywood. Expect a touch of Fred and Ginger… (more…)

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Now on general release, Joe Wright’s film version of Tolstoy’s tragic novel Anna Karenina, starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, and with screenplay by Tom Stoppard, has divided opinions for its stylised use of a theatre setting.  Extensive use of dance and movement has been choreographed by highly respected contemporary choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.  Please post your thoughts and comments here as to what you think of this treatment, its strengths or weaknesses…

On this weekend and into next week at the Odeon George Street…
http://www.odeon.co.uk/fanatic/film_info/m13878/Anna_Karenina/

Rising –  Aakash Odedra Company, 26 September, Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford Playhouse

Aakash Odedra is an extraordinary dancer and it is not surprising that other choreographers have chosen to create works on his body.  In Rising we saw a solo by Aakash Odedra himself followed by three others by Akram Khan, Russell Maliphant, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.

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Movement on the edge of stillness…sound on the edge of silence…

Sound for Butoh workshop, South Devon, 22 and 23 September 2012.

Space and time seemed to open up on this weekend workshop – perhaps it was the voice and breathwork that stilled my monkey-mind and allowed me to see more deeply into the heart of things. I remember Kate standing on the rocks of Bell Tor on Dartmoor, hair blowing in the wind, her long limbs mirroring the flight of a crow and the sweep of the desolate landscape; Fabrizia rolling her soft body on the jagged rocks by Prawle Point as the wild whipping sea crashed around her. This was the fourth in a series of workshops co-led by musician Adrian Freedman and myself exploring how butoh dancers can create soundscapes within which to move. (more…)

Long awaited from a highly respected practitioner and dance scholar…

Frederick Ashton’s Ballets: Style, Performance, Choreography

by Geraldine Morris

In this ground-breaking study of style in six ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton, Geraldine Morris examines the contribution they have made to twentieth century dance and art. Central to the discussion are questions about performance and its connection with style. What do we mean by style in dance? How do we identify it? How can it be retained? Can choreographed movement be distinguished from the danse d’école? Does any of this matter? (more…)

Candoco Dance Company

Challenging the perception of what dance is and who can dance, Candoco is a company of disabled and non-disabled dancers. Celebrating its 20th year, the company makes its much anticipated return to the Playhouse with an anniversary triple-bill from acclaimed choreographers Javier de Frutos, Wendy Houstoun and Trisha Brown. (more…)

Rising is a unique dance event bringing some of the world’s finest choreographers together on the same bill, each creating a solo work for the amazingly talented Aakash OderaRussell Maliphant (Broken Fall), Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Faith and Myth), Akram Khan (London’s 2012 Olympics opening ceremony) and Odera himself use music and Aakash’s background in Kathak and Bharatanatyam to fuse a new style of contemporary dance.

Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 September, Burton Taylor Studio

Tickets: £12 (discounts £10) can be purchased from the Oxford Playhouse Ticket Office on 01865 305305 or online at www.oxfordplayhouse.com

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