April 2014

I expected a weird and unusual performance from Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre in their Stravinsky double bill and was not disappointed. It is difficult to take on two of Diaghilev’s most iconic ballets, and the double bill was a mixed bag of drama, dance and sheer theatricality that could excite, shock, annoy, amuse and very occasionally go on for a little too long. (more…)


Thrilling, innovative and original, the programme Lest We Forget marks another exciting advance for English National Ballet under Tamara Rojo’s leadership. Following last autumn’s production of Le Corsaire, she has now showcased the company further with an evening that included three new works, each by a different choreographer.  Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, Liam Scarlett, Russell Maliphant and Akram Khan’s contrasting approaches range from the almost literal and ballet-based (Scarlett) through the largely abstract and contemporary (Maliphant) to the intensely personal and culturally eclectic (Khan). (more…)

Lunas Dance Project is a dynamic emerging Oxford based contemporary dance company.  Directed by Ellie Aldegheri, the company will be presenting her new work Measuring time, in May at Arts at the Old Fire Station in Oxford alongside two guest companies, Bracknell based nocturn dance Company and Slaves to music from Switzerland.  Measuring Time will be accompanied live by Nia Williams, and an ensemble of five musicians. (more…)

A second fascinating DANSOX event coming up in May at the Jacqueline du Pré Building at St Hilda’s College, supported by Oxford University TORCH funding.   In Manual – Choreography and the Everyday the grande dame of British contemporary dance, Siobhan Davies CBE, will discuss her work and understanding of choreography as collaborative contemporary practice in relation to dance, literature and visual arts.  She will explore the body as archive of movement and show an extract of her film All This Can Happen.

Thursday May 15th 5.30-7.00pm

Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College Oxford
Followed by refreshments
Free and open to all but seating limited, so book now at:http://siobhandavies.eventbrite.co.uk
More information about DANSOX events  here

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