Two Oxford artists, Ana Barbour and Joe Lott, will be presenting work on Thursday 21st November at LEAP, a platform produced by Dance Woking for emerging dance artists in Woking and the South East.  The works performed will be at various stages of its development, and choreographers are keen to get feedback to inform their future work.  If you like to be entertained, see great dance and want to help to shape the work being presented, this is the event for you…


Choreographed and danced by Ana Barbour

Music: Radio, and excerpts from Efthymios Chatziggiannis

Ana Barbour’s Tuning was presented at this year’s GOlive Festival curated by Donald Hutera in Kentish Town in September.  Mysterious manoeuvres of a big green rug, and the search for a voice.  The short section Ana is presenting here develops a new area in her work with the use of spoken word and sound.  What is the question lurking beneath and among the green fronds? From a place of confusion the rug is tuned until the voice is revealed.

In 2011 Ana received ACE funding for a project exploring light and the aging body with videographer Dariusz Dziala, called My Time; it was performed in Dancin’ Oxford Festival’s Moving with the Times.  Ana presented the first part of Inertia in collaboration with Naomi Morris earlier this year, and Tuning takes ideas from this work further.  Ana’s work is highly visual and mysteriously communicative, using props, light, film and integrated soundtrack.

Joe Lott Dance presents Alpha

Choreographed and danced by Joe Lott

Music:  Happy End – Ryuichi Sakamoto, These New Puritans – Organ Eternal

Alpha is a dance about being a man in the modern world.  Inspired by books on the subject of masculinity, and informed by interviews with men and women from various backgrounds, the work will express a range of ideas about and experiences of being a man in western society.

Joe Lott trained at London Contemporary Dance School and then attained a BA in Italian and Film Studies.  Joe has performed and choreographed in the UK and Italy and has created two short dance films and three live dance works.  In 2012 Joe was mentored by Yael Flexer and Nic Sandiland through the Bonnie Bird Mentoring Award.  This latest piece, Alpha, is supported by the Pegasus Theatre, Oxford Dance Forum and the Create Oxford Micro-funding Project.

Also appearing:

The JT Dance Company in Meet Jill, she likes apples – Choreographers Jessica Hobson and Tenita Williams with dancers from university of Bedfordshire

Hayley Barker in Freaks

The Company in Dark Side of Nude – Choreographer Lee Griffiths, dancers from University of Kingston

2 of 4 – Choreographer Jack Philp, dancers Olivia Edginton and Ingvild Marstein Olsen

Hybrid Dance Company in Meaning I Motion – Choreographer Brian Gillespie, dancer Alexandra Buchanan

Daisy Farris Dance Collective in Silence the song in them – Choreographer Daisy Farris, dancers Holly Preece, Hannah Cameron, Laura Heywood, Glynn Egerton-Read

Date:  Thursday 21st November 2013, 7.30pm

Venue:  Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Peacocks Centre, Woking GU21 6GQ

Tickets:  Pay what you can.  The organisers write: “We need your help in building an audience for new work and as part of our commitment we are introducing a ‘pay what you can’ to encourage you to take a risk and see new work from some of the brightest choreographers in the South East.”

Guide price:  Adults £8.50, Concessions £5.00

For further information:

Dance Woking

Tel:  01483 737830

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