Metamorphoses – dance interpretations of the poetry of Ovid is an evening of dance and music based on interpretations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses performed by members of the Avid for Ovid group who have been working  in collaboration with the Oxford University research project Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers.  The event is a showing of work in progress, and will involve audience participation in that artists and academics will be asking for feedback.  Dancers Susie Crow and Ségolène Tarte with composer Malcolm Atkins introduced by classicist Helen Slaney will demonstrate some of their practical processes and emerging studies.  The researchers are eager to find out what audience members see in the pieces and how the communicability of an ancient solo narrative dance form might be developed in a contemporary context.

Performance:  Thursday 28th August 6.30pm

Venue:  Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF

This event is free and followed by refreshments, but please email Helen Slaney to reserve a place

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Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers (ADMD) and Avid for Ovid (A4O) are a collaboration between academics and artists exploring the nature of ancient Roman pantomime. ADMD, in their academic practice-based endeavour, are interested in how ancient dance might manifest itself in modern dancers and what this might imply for the understanding of ancient dance as performed in Antiquity.  A4O, in their artistic research-based endeavour, are exploring how current knowledge of ancient Roman pantomime can inform and inspire narrative dance forms in performance today.



For an account of how the project started and recent work check out Ségolène’s latest blogpost on, also Avid for Ovid: research-based practice from practice-based research here