November 2012


Café Reason’s 10th  Diamond Night.   24th November 2012

Six different works covering dance, poetry, projection, live music, film and voice in Café Reason’s 10th Diamond Night  organised this time by Paola Esposito and Fabrizia Verrechia.  There was a good turn out for the cosy space of Oxford Brooke’s drama studio.  Good to see this support for new work.

The first piece by Anne Ryan was a short vignette in which a face peers out from a frame.  A soundtrack of recorded voice traces a range of emotions expressed in the subtle changing nuances of the framed face. Simple, elegant and strong. (more…)

 The Pharaoh’s Daughter

A real curiosity, Petipa’s first major ballet success as ballet master of the Maryinsky in St. Petersburg in 1862 was based on a story by Theophile Gautier; initially hugely popular it disappeared from the repertoire for 100 years.  It has been reinvented for the Bolshoi Ballet by Pierre Lacotte and will be transmitted live this coming Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix.   It promises to be a splendid piece of 19th century style oriental hokum with sumptuous decor and cheerful music by Cesar Pugni, as well as some spectacular dancing… (more…)

Cafe Reason presents Diamond Night 10

The tenth in Cafe Reason’s series of bi-monthly arts evenings, bringing ‘uncut performance gems’ by members of the group and guests into the spotlight.  Conceived by Jeannie Donald-McKim, Diamond Nights – Explorations in performance is an informal platform for sharing new performance ideas, choreographies, experiments and collaborations. (more…)

Dead Man Dancing and other Tales is a collection of three pieces created by Anamorphic.  Formed at the beginning of 2012, AnaMorphic is the love child of Emma Webb and Georgina Dean.  Simultaneously based in Oxford, Amsterdam and south Poland, the aims of the company are to make work that straddles not only the borders of geographical location but also those of dance, theatre and live art. (more…)

Frederick Ashton’s Ballets:  Style, Performance, Choreography, by Geraldine Morris, Dance Books, 2012

Original, informed and scholarly, this book could transform the way in which Ashton’s ballets are performed today.  On p.60, Morris quotes Nijinska’s complaint:  The dancers turn everything into what they can already do and consequently ‘falsely transmit the choreographic score …’.  Morris addresses this problem with regard to Ashton’s work, which, she argues, we are in danger of losing if we fail to recognise the individual style that is intrinsic to his choreographic output. (more…)

Another performance of work featuring Oxford artists, this time at Roehampton University…

In May we presented an evening of dance exploring dance and ageing at the Ivy Arts Centre in Guildford. Here’s the project website:
http://www.surrey.ac.uk/dft/research/currentprojects/dancingtheinvisible/

The first piece on the programme, Late Work, gets another outing on 21st November at Roehampton University as part of the event The Mature Performer, organised by Dance Diary at the Michaelis Theatre.

Late Work is for four performers – dancers (us) Susie Crow and Jennifer Jackson with musicians Malcolm Atkins and Andrew Melvin –  and interweaves set and improvised dances.  At the heart of the work are questions about how the individual artist is in dialogue with her/his own body or ‘instrument’ and the body of shared disciplinary knowledge – and how improvisation practices and collaboration might give artistic shape to this dialogue.  It is performance as research – so we need an audience who will enjoy engaging in the ideas and challenges that dance and ageing presents. (more…)

the DANCE SHED

Come see an evening of exciting dance work performed by pro, semi-pro and community adult groups at the Cornerstone, Didcot.  John Darvell and locally based company Nocturn Dance are hosting an evening  celebrating adult dance, showcasing all the best that adult community dance groups across the Thames Valley and South East can offer. The platform is an opportunity to engage with the diverse range of creative dance activity that takes place in the local community; watch them perform and learn how to get involved.  A night not to miss! (more…)

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