On each Scratch Night at the Old Fire Station, local and regional theatre performers, comedians or dance artists perform works in progress for audiences to watch and give feedback on.  This month, DANCE SCRATCH takes place, supported by the wonderful organisation, Oxford Dance Forum (ODF) on Tuesday 21st July.  Dancers get a chance to try out works-in-progress in a safe space; for audiences it is an opportunity to see new dance work and give feedback.  Artists presenting on this occasion are Butoh group Cafe Reason, Paulette Mae, Anuradha Chaturvedi & Meena Anand, and Roosa Leimu-Brown & Anja Meinhardt.

Performance:  Tuesday 21st July, 7.30pm

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

Tickets:  Available online here or by phone 01865 305305 via Tickets Oxford, or in person from the Box Office at Oxford Playhouse, or on the door.

Running time:  2 hours including interval

Programme details:

Inside Out (excerpt from ‘Doll’s House‘)

Cafe Reason: A butoh dance theatre group based in Oxford making visually engaging theatre and site specific work.

Dolls’ House is a new collective work-in-process, inspired by the arrival of a Doll’s House in our rehearsal space and a bag of clothes attributed to us but not belonging to us. Ghosts, dreams, memories and characters. A child’s imagination and the wisdom and knowledge of age. The full length work will use live music, video, voice, light and movement. The ‘House’ is an archetypal dream symbol, much explored in Jungian therapy. It can represent the dreamer’s entire psyche or personality, with its size, state, construction, furnishings, and occupants giving a clue to the dreamer’s hopes and fears. Its rooms can represent different aspects of the self, such as the subconscious or conscious mind, or of different states of being – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual – and their harmony or dysfunction.

Songs of the Seafarers

Paulette MaeAn interdisciplinary performer and maker based in Oxford, creating work that explores the hint of other or new realities …invention.

An exploration of the weather – how it makes people feel, its impact. Voices spread across the life spectrum – present, human, sea-life, the sea, inhabitants of a new water world, future – move between background and foreground to tell their own versions, stories, inventions. Dance, found sounds manipulated/mixed in real time and space (acoustic), song, text and live drumming are currently the mediums for these voices.

Silent Melody

Anuradha Chaturvedi & Meena AnandAnuradha Chaturvedi is a Reading-based Kathak dance exponent working as Choreographer/Dancer and instructor in Oxford and surrounding areas: Meena Anand a Bharatanatyam specialist.

A work in progress – a lively interaction of Bharatanatyam, an ancient dance form of South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and Kathak, in an attempt to using vivid and vibrant imageries of ancient temple sculptures and painting as a starting point. It is explores the echoing movements and extensions within the respective dance traditions tracing the parallel trajectories of evolution of the dance forms. It touches upon common narratives thus creating a dialogue through movement in an attempt to find the points of acceptance and rejection whilst keeping the integrity of each form intact.

Roosa Leimu-Brown & Anja Meinhardt: Roosa Leimu-Brown is a Finnish contemporary dancer/teacher, yoga teacher and researcher who currently lives and teaches in Oxford. Anja Meinhardt is a contemporary and aerial dancer/teacher, independent movement director, and artistic director of Justice in Motion.

Plasma investigates how our individuality is constrained and shaped by shared social conventions in the frantic post-modern world. Using abstract movement and interaction between dancers we explore how one can express positive individuality without destroying important social structures. Identifying ourselves based on external values and norms to meet the social pressure, we often alienate ourselves from who we really are.
PLASMA: vital / fundamental state of matter / held in suspension. This piece will form an exciting first collaboration between the two choreographers and be set to the backdrop of a dynamic and edgy soundtrack by Finnish Artist Kimmo Pohjonen and the Kronos Quartet.