July 2014


An atmospheric summer evening performance beckons on Port Meadow this Saturday 26th July, involving some of Oxford’s most interesting performers.  Cross art collaborative trio MUE comprises dancer Macarena Ortuzar, musician Bruno Guastalla and light artist Dariusz Dziala.  In their Butoh influenced programme Nightfall they are joined by guest dancers Paola Esposito and Mirei Yasawa.

Performance:  Saturday 26th July, 8.30-10.00pm

Venue: Port Meadow; end of Aristotle Lane, Oxford

MUE is a dance/music company based in Oxford, a collaboration which started in 2010.

MUE: shedding of skin

MUE writes:  The direction we are following is an attempt at an equal creative partnership, where movement, light and sound can fluidly work towards an animation of the given space.  Our different vantage points, histories and techniques are brought to the space and situation.   Shape and erosion of shape seem to take place as a result.

More information about MUE available here

 

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At The Old Fire Station Scratch Nights, held on every third Tuesday of the month, local and regional theatre performers, comedians or dance artists perform works in progress for audiences to watch and give feedback on.  After a year of successful Theatre Scratch Nights, the current season season has included three different Scratch Nights – Theatre, Comedy and Dance.  This month, the next DANCE SCRATCH takes place, supported by Oxford Dance Forum.  Artists presenting work will be Natalie Heller, Jenny Parrott, Jane Connelly, Erika Montenegro, Paulette Mae and a guest artist from Brighton, Emmeline Cresswell.  If you are able to, do come along to support them, see their new work and have the opportunity to offer feedback to them.

Performance: Tuesday 15th July at 7.30pm

Venue: The Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ.

Tickets:  £5 available on the door

Please spread the word to anyone who may be interested to come!

 

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