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A treat in store for inveterate  fans of Strictly Come Dancing…  Blackwell’s Bookshop is delighted to welcome to Oxford Craig Revel Horwood, who will be discussing the third instalment of his frank and funny autobiography, In Strictest Confidence at the Sheldonian Theatre.

In Strictest Confidence takes the reader through the highs and lows of the Strictly Come Dancing star’s ‘fab-u-lous’ life. The aussie-born judge shares his famously forthright views on the changes in Strictly Come Dancing‘s line up – from Bruce Forsyth and Len Goodman’s departures to the arrival of Claudia Winkleman and Shirley Ballas – as well as the dancers and the stars. (more…)

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Film Oxford hosts a welcome retrospective event on much loved local artist Ana Barbour who died last year.  The programme will include a curated playlist of her films, a short film by Dariusz Dziala with live music by Bruno Guastalla presenting ‘behind the scenes’ footage of Ana working on dance projects, and poetry by Ayala Kingsley.

Date:  Wednesday 10th October 7.00pm

Venue:  Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, Oxford OX4 3AH

The event is free, but donations towards Film Oxford’s dance film work will be much appreciated.  If you wish to attend please contact Dariusz Dziala on 07929 059974 or Malcolm Atkins on 07872 991287

Find out more about Ana Barbour’s work here

 

This Autumn Dancin’ Oxford is celebrating all things ‘family’ with the return of its popular Family Dance Week. Between 6th – 14th October Dancin’ Oxford will be offering some fantastic opportunities for families (including every generation!) to enjoy dancing together. From exciting performances in theatres and libraries, to family disco events and even a ceilidh, there will be guaranteed fun for the whole family!  Here is a list of upcoming performances by Wriggle Dance Theatre, Dancing Strong, 201 Dance and Alexander Whitley Dance Company, but you can find the full programme including all participatory activities here(more…)

ODF Presents… at The Old Fire Station is becoming a crucial annual fixture in Oxford’s dance calendar, showing new works (in-progress) developed with the support of Oxford Dance Forum.  In this year’s edition Ségolène Tarte, Ajos Dance and Scarlett Turner invite you into their world of movement, music and storytelling, offering a preview of eclectic and mesmerising new works:

Ajos Dance & Company‘s Payson is inspired by the Philippine traditional art of chanting epic poems about the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Fusing Filipino arts culture with western contemporary dance, the work is a cross-art collaboration between dancers and live musicians.  Payson is a colourful and dramatic new celebration directed and choreographed by JJ Formento with dance artist Samantha Harper-Robins and musician Gendy Nicolson and her Oxford-based Filipino band members.  Ajos Dance is a social enterprise fighting poverty in the Philippines through education, arts and local community projects.

Scarlett Turner‘s Come as You Are is a solo piece exploring gender neutrality, obscure sexuality and personal identity.  Scarlett Turner identifies the self struggles of gender stereotypes, non-binary and pan sexual identity through personal experiences from childhood to adulthood.  This solo investigates statement of social identity through contemporary dance, spoken word and live imagery.

Imagine an intimate mythology unfolding through classical form and everyday objects. In her new piece Body-No-Body, set to an excerpt of Simeon ten Holt’s hypnotic Canto Ostinato, Oxford based dance artist Ségolène Tarte invites audiences to take a fresh look at ballet and butoh, and at their emotional eloquence.  With this poignant performance meandering between mystical reverence, angst and enlightenment, the dancer shapes a strange universe and is shaped by it.  Let yourself slip into this mysterious yet familiar world… be transported, charmed, moved by a constellation of delicate hesitant steps, balletic grace and pure expressive movement

“ODF Presents…” is part of a three-year Arts Council England funded professional development programme ‘Evolution’ – which aims to support artists in the development of their own artistic practice and the creation of new work.

Performance:  Saturday 14th July 7.30pm

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

Tickets:  £10, £8 concessions

Call 01865 263990 or book online here

Find out more about Oxford Dance Forum here

Camino del Flamenco have been producing Spanish Night shows since 2009 featuring professional Flamenco companies from Spain and the UK with top quality dance and music. Spanish Night shows are produced at three venues around Oxfordshire and those in Oxford are at the smallest and most intimate venue, the Jam Factory.

For the forthcoming Spanish Night – Oxford show on Sunday 1 July Camino del Flamenco are excited to welcome Cadiz’s top Flamenco singer La Leo (Leo Iglesias) to Oxford for the first time. La Leo has recently been awarded the freedom of the City of Cadiz, reflecting her great talent and huge personality.  For this show she is bringing with her Flamenco dancer Natalia Garcia and top guitarist Ramon Ruiz, who always accompanies her on her UK tours. If you love Flamenco this show comes highly recommended.

Date:  Sunday, 1st July, 7.00pm doors open, show begins at 7.30pm

Venue:  The Jam Factory, Hollybush Row, Oxford OX1 1HU
Cost: £18.98
Spanish Night – Oxford shows are very popular with a limited number of tickets available for this show. All audience are seated and all have a good sight line. Front row seats have extreme proximity to the performance!

For more details and ticket purchase: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spanish-n…
For details on forthcoming Camino del Flamenco shows: https://www.caminodelflamenco.co.uk/

Join the happy crowds at Cowley Carnival’s Global Dance Stage at Manzil Gardens which will be showcasing some of the huge variety of dance activity Oxford has to offer, featuring performances by schools, youth and community groups and companies.

The companies, in order of appearance are: Headington Dance School Dance Scholars, Yuka Kodama Ballet Group, Identity Youth Dance Project, Stagecoach Abingdon Dance Troupe, Dancemania Senior Performance Group, Deddington Youth Dance Co (Juniors),  Implexa Dance Company, Dance with Sinjini, Bollywood Masterclass, Mini Professionals Dance Academy, Attitude Dance School, Ashnah, The M Word Dancers,  Strawberry Fayre Majorettes, Afrofusion, African Dance Masterclass, Messy Jam Dance Company, União da Mocidade Samba, Mims Bellydance, Al Amari Dabke Dances and Sol Samba.

Presented by Dancin’ Oxford

Date:  July 1, 2018, 12pm – 5pm

Venue: Grounds of Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, off Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1GE

Free and suitable for all ages

More information about Cowley Carnival can be found here

Based in East Oxford Marhaba is a popular and well established collaboration between various Oxford groups providing a platform for sharing music and dance between diverse communities – making the international local.  As part of the Discovery Zone of this year’s Cowley Carnival and curated by Confluence Collective, Marhaba will be hosting The World Stage at the Church of St Mary and St John with an international range of music and dance provided by locally based artists, guests and enthusiasts, to listen to, watch and join in… see below for the schedule.

This rich and welcoming event will throughout the day also include film shows of the work of Oxford dance artist Ana Barbour (1966 – 2017) to whose memory the event is dedicated, as well as poetry and music.

Key performance times are:

12.00 Film and ad hoc performance
1.25 Mue
1.40 Shakhosi
2.00 Dabke dance workshop by visiting Ramallah group
2.30 Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre
2.45 Rumi for one more – interpretations and reflections on the work f Rumi
3.45 Pencak Silat Indonesian dance and music
4.00 The Littlemore Oratorio (abridged version)

When:  Sunday 1st July, 12.00-5.15pm

Venue:  Church of St Mary & St John, 1 Leopold Street (off Cowley Road), Oxford OX4 1PS

All welcome, no charge

Find out about this event here

Find out more about Marhaba here

Find out more about Ana Barbour and her work here

Further information about Confluence Collective here

 

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