Joe Lott Dance, an Oxford-based company of professional dancers, presents a triple bill of exciting and innovative dance as part of the Dancin’ Oxford Festival at the Pegasus Theatre on Wednesday 5th March, including  work from London-based guest choreographer Ieva Kuniskis.  At the heart of the programme is Lott’s new work Alpha, a muscular, athletic and warm-hearted dance and theatre work about being masculine, or not.  Taking inspiration from ‘Machine Man’ films like Robocop and from pagan stories about the nature-loving ‘Green Man’, four dancers kick, waltz, jog and lunge their way through a maze of dating tips, profit margins and protein-shakes.  The company also reprises the much-loved trio Tender which launched Lott’s career in 2012, and guest choreographer Ieva Kuniskis shares her latest work Women’s Tales.  Don’t miss this pleasing, thought-provoking and energising evening of dance and theatre from two up-and-coming UK choreographers.

Tender mines the passions and conflicts of hero stories from around the world. Set in dreamlike pastoral and industrial settings, live and filmed dancers interact, creating a vivid and complex visual tapestry. Watch the trailer! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LEVko5nbcA.

Joe Lott is delighted to invite Ieva Kuniskis to share the programme.  In  Women’s Tales four women open up their personal histories in honest, heart breaking and humorous self-portraits. Emotive and satirical, at times poignantly funny, the piece is a subjective view of the world based on the dancers’ individual stories. The four performers are skilled and theatrical dancers, whose varied professional background, authentic characters and experience influence the piece.

Performers:
Oska Lake Thomas
Thomas J M Wilson
Helen Wadge
Rachel Gildea
David Hudson

Performance:  Wednesday 5th March 7.30pm

Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE
Get tickets from http://www.pegasustheatre.org.uk/shows/alpha/

Box Office:  01865 812160

What the press has said:
“Lott strikes an original note” Keith Watson, Resolution Review
“Ieva Kuniskis, a bright spark choreographer” Jeffrey Gordon Baker, Londondance.com 
“Lott presents a self-assured piece of abstract dance with clean lines, angular formations and elegant partnering.” Mil Vukovic, Resolution Review

Visit the websites:    www.joelottdance.co.uk   |   www.ievakuniskis.co.uk
Find us on facebook:   www.facebook.com/JoeLottDance   |    www.facebook.com/IevaKuniskisDance
Read a review of Lott and Kuniskis’ last works:
http://londondance.com/articles/reviews/resolution-ieva-kuniskis-ceyda-tanc-dance-nrg-danc/
http://www.cloud-dance-festival.org.uk/reviews/resolution-1-feb-2013.html
Read Joe’s blog; a light-hearted, self-deprecating journal about making up dances: http://joelottdance.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/desperately-fascinating/

Joe Lott is a Pegasus Supported Artist, and is the recipient of a Marion North Dance Mentoring Award. Joe Lott Dance is supported by the Oxford Dance Forum, Create Microfunding, Arts Council England and Old Fire Station.  Lott studied dance from a young age, eventually winning a scholarship to study at the London Contemporary Dance School. After dance school, whilst taking a degree in Italian and Cinema, Lott studied Italian Cinema of the 50s and 60s at the prestigious DAMS Bologna – an experience which informs much of her work in dance and film.  Lott has worked in Marketing for a number of years, as well as working as a professional dancer, movement coach and choreographer. Lott has produced two music videos for Warner Bros, for the band Foals, and directed two short dance films. Joe Lott Dance was founded in 2011 and Alpha is the company’s fourth live dance work.

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