October 2014


English National Ballet return to the New Theatre Oxford this Autumn with Coppélia, one of the great nineteenth century ballets, here in Ronald Hynd’s production with choreography after Marius Petipa, with colourful designs by Desmond Heeley, and set to Delibes’s irresistibly melodic score performed by English National Ballet’s full orchestra.

Dr Coppélius, the toymaker, has created the lifelike Coppélia doll and wishes for nothing more than to bring her to life. He thinks his dream has finally come true, but he has merely been caught up in Franz and Swanhilda’s lovers’ tiff.  Love triumphs over all in this comedy of mistaken identity and the finale is a breathtaking celebration of the lovers’ marriage.  Coppélia is an enchanting, effervescent family ballet, perfect for young and old alike. (more…)

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DANSOX (Dance Scholarship Oxford) and Oxford University’s Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) have joined forces to present an event of special interest to dance lovers.  Marni Thomas Wood danced as a soloist with the legendary Martha Graham, going on to become a highly respected teacher.   She was Co-founder of UC Berkeley’s dance program in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, and is Director Emerita of the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, as well as Reconstruction Coach for the Graham Company.  She will be in conversation about her experience and knowledge of Martha Graham’s work in the lecture theatre at the Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU on Monday 3rd November, 2.15-3.45pm.

A wonderful opportunity to hear this immensely distinguished dance practitioner.  There is no charge for this open event to which everyone is welcome, and no booking required.

You can find out more about APGRD events here or follow them on Twitter @apgrd; and about DANSOX events here

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