Spring is coming, and with it Oxford’s very own festival of dance Dancin’ Oxford in its 2018 edition.  Lots of fascinating peformances to come with an emphasis on physical theatre and storytelling as well as some tantalising workshops and taster sessions.  See below for Oxford Dance Writers list of performance events and dates in Oxford with links to further information and booking details.  Check out the Dancin’ Oxford website for details of additional performances in Didcot and Banbury, as well as workshops and classes and the Dance and Academia conference.

Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd March 7.30pm:  Gecko present The Wedding, Oxford Playhouse

Gecko’s latest creation is inspired by the complexities of human nature; the struggle between love and anger, creation and destruction, community and isolation. In a blur of wedding dresses, an extraordinary ensemble of international performers guides audiences through a dystopian world in which we are all brides, wedded to society. Combining movement, imagery, and provocative narratives into Gecko’s trademark style, The Wedding is an emotionally charged and spectacular performance.

Further information and booking details here

Friday 2nd to Saturday 3rd March 8.00pm:  Theatre Ad Infinitum, The North Wall

The Lecocq-trained international ensemble Theatre Ad Infinitum celebrates 10 years of creating multi-award-winning physical theatre by taking its first two hit shows Odyssey and Translunar Paradise back on tour.

Odyssey – reinventing the timeless Greek myth of one man’s epic quest to reunite with his family and seek his bloody revenge. Passionate, highly physical, and poignant storytelling brings this breathtaking adventure to life.

Translunar Paradise – After his wife passes away, William escapes to a paradise of fantasy and past memories, a place far from the reality of his grief. Returning from beyond the grave, Rose revisits her widowed companion to perform one last act of love: to help him let go. Using a live accordion accompaniment, this exquisite piece of mask, mime and movement work was a critically acclaimed sell out at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 and 2017.

Further information and booking details Odyssey here and Translunar Paradise here

Saturday 3rd March 7.30pm:  Company Chameleon 10, Pegasus Theatre

Company Chameleon rewind and fast forward in the world premiere of a new triple bill celebrating its 10th anniversary year.  With a rich mix of movement techniques and athletic yet sensitive choreography, 10 explores human and personal issues, showcasing Chameleon’s trademark style of socially relevant dance theatre that is both powerful and original.

Further information and booking details here

Monday 5th to Thursday 8th March 7.30pm and Wednesday 7th 2.30pm:  Tango Moderno, New Theatre

Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace are back in their most explosive and exuberant show ever.  You can’t help but be intoxicated and seduced by this theatrical spectacular featuring 10 fantastic dancers, West End singers and the world famous Strictly Come Dancing tango superstars Vincent and Flavia. In a vibrant and modern world this fast-paced and fierce show smoulders…

Further information and booking details here

Wednesday 7th March 8.00pm:  bgroup present Point of Echoes, The North Wall

Point of Echoes is bgroup’s most theatrical work to date, a haunting tale of love death and monsters. Isolated for one year, two men have been stationed at an unnamed lighthouse, at an unknown time, somewhere on the coast of England. Strangers to each other the pair have just begun to lay down the foundations of a friendship when disaster strikes and a mysterious stranger arrives…

Further information and booking details here

Thursday 8th March 7.30pm: Richard Chappell Dance in At the end we begin, Old Fire Station

Building on the atmospheric East Coker shown at last year’s Moving with the Times platform, full length work At the end we begin questions how time’s circular nature affects our understanding of ourselves and inhabits the derelict and turbulent lansdscape of T S Eliot’s poetry. Four dancers move from being lost into a state of empowerment and acceptance.  This is Richard Chappell’s most challenging work to date blending ballet, martial arts, improvisation and contact work.

Further information and booking details here here

Friday 9th to Saturday 10th March 7.30pm and Saturday at 2.30pm:  Moving with the Times, Pegasus Theatre

This year’s Moving with the Times showcase of work by Oxford based artists is a triple bill of new works commissioned by Dancin’ Oxford and Pegasus Theatre.  Ellie Aldegheri’s There Are No Such Words is a contemporary dance piece exploring motherhood; its tradition, expectations, and the complex rocky relationship and changing nature between mother and daughter.  In Traits Joelle Pappas in collaboration with cellist Bruno Guastalla explores the attitudes and behaviours of a complex character fervently looking for a sense of coherent identity.  Yeah Yeah, We’re Doing This uses dance theatre to tackle themes of a provocative and autobiographical nature; Sermet and Orley invite you to witness their unexpected rollercoaster of a journey.

MWTT 2018 is dedicated to the memory of wonderful Oxford dance artist Ana Barbour who supported and inspired so many.

Further information and booking details here

Saturday 10th March to Sunday 11th March:  Gravity and Levity, Westgate Shopping Centre overlooking Bonn Square

Join Gravity and Levity as they scale the heights of Oxford’s new Westgate Shopping Centre and dance up, down and across its facade to a driving musical score. As one of the UK’s leading aerial dance companies, Gravity and Levity revel in animating architecture, upending the dance floor; inviting you to view the city from a whole new perspective.  Free and suitable for all ages; you are advised for your safety to watch from Bonn Square.

Saturday at 12.00, 1.30pm and 3.00pm, Sunday at 12.30pm and 2.00pm

Find out more about Gravity and Levity here

Saturday 10th March 11.00am and 2.00pm: Peut-Etre Theatre present Tidy Up, The North Wall

As we wriggle our way through the muddle of life we often discover things anew. So why can’t tidyness be exciting for children or chaos joyful for parents? Who said there’s a right way anyway? Suitable for children from 3 years up and inspired by the child’s desire to create order, patterns and systems, Tidy Up is a witty and uplifting journey discovering if chaos and order can ever live side by side.  Shows are followed by workshops to join in.

Further information and booking details here