September promises to be an exciting month for Oxfordshire based dance artists, several of whom are performing at the new GOlive Dance and Performance Festival curated by dance critic Donald Hutera (the Times) at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre in London.  Part of the Giant Olive Community Theatre Company, and now going into its twenty-fifth year, Kentish Town’s only theatre has firmly established itself as a cultural centre for high quality and innovative theatrical productions.  Resident Company Giant Olive have produced over twenty of their own productions at the venue, including classics, new writing, musical theatre projects and contemporary ballet productions and have also played host to over 300 visiting companies in the last five years.

London will get a chance to see work by the following Oxfordshire dance artists: Paulette Mae, Marina Collard, Nick McKerrow of Anjali, Cecile Feza Bushidi, Ana Barbour, and Susie Crow with Jennifer Jackson as BIG Ballets.

Programme details:

Wednesday 11th September 7.30pm

Paulette Mae:  sea me (in bits) – work in progress.  This intuitive DIY solo features feet that speak, a stepping into multiple worlds and a voicing of vibrations… waves of information.

Saturday 14th September 7.00pm, Sunday 15th 6.00pm, Friday 20th 7.30pm

Marina Collard:  Still Going – a solo created in response to a question about one’s relationship to an art form.  Having worked in dance for two decades, Marina is not sure if she is trying to retire.

Monday 16th September 7.30pm, Tuesday 17th 7.30pm

Anjali presents Nick McKerrow:  Second Skin  A young man trapped in his identity peels off layers of gender stereotyping.

Saturday 21st September 7.30pm, Sunday 22nd 8.00pm

Cecile Feza Bushidi:  The imagination of the past – work in progress.  This performance uses text, spoken word, music and movement in order to examine aspects of people’s memory of dancing in the Central Province of Kenya circa the 1940s.

Sunday 22nd September 6.00pm

Ana Barbour:  Tuning  A big rug inhabited becomes different things.

Tuesday 24th September 7.30pm, Wednesday 25th 7.30pm

Jennifer Jackson and Susie Crow as BIG Ballets:  Late Work   Ballet is closely associated with youthful beauty and commonly regarded as a means of acieving athletic virtuosity.  Can it offer creative provocation for the older dancer?  With composer musicians Malcolm Atkins and Andrew Melvin.

For full festival programme information:

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