Last Thursday, on a snowy night, St Hilda’s College Oxford warmly welcomed the local dance community to learn more about Fred Astaire, arguably the greatest dancer of the twentieth century. New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay gave an entertaining, witty and enlightening talk, as he showed us a series of filmed dance excerpts, while placing Astaire’s work in its cultural and choreographic context. (more…)


Aptly following its recent showing of the documentary film New Wave Ballet, another DANSOX event exploring legendary dance performances on film.  DANSOX welcomes as distinguished guest lecturer Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times, who will discuss the legendary Fred Astaire’s life and work with illustration and film footage. Not to be missed!

Date:  Thursday 1st March 2018 5.30pm

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

Free and open to all, followed by drinks reception
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DANSOX lectures are wonderful occasions. On Wednesday, the critic Alastair Macaulay shared memories, commentary and new insights with an audience of local residents, members of the University and distinguished visitors from the dance world. He began by setting his subject within its historical and cultural context, before launching into a wide ranging discussion of ballets ranging from the classical abstraction of Symphonic Variations to the humour, romance and narrative of La Fille Mal Gardée. (more…)

DANSOX begins its programme for 2016 with a Distinguished Guest Lecture from Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times, about the great British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton:

‘Frederick Ashton: Steps, Stories, Style’

Date:  Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 5.30pm, followed by drinks reception

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

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DANSOX, Dance Scholarship Oxford, inaugurates its new programme with Twentieth Century Collaborations: Cunningham, Cage, Joyce, an event including talks and a performance of John Cage’s Circus On.
February 20th 2014 4.30-9.00pm
Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College Oxford
16:30 – 18:30 | Talk by Jeri Johnson, English Faculty, Oxford, on James Joyce, Finnegans Wake
Guest lecture: Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, on Merce Cunningham
19:30 | Performance of John Cage, Circus On.
Guest Director: Loré Lixenberg with Students of St Hilda’s College, Music & English Faculties and the Ruskin School

Free event, audience open to all.  All welcome to any part, or all, of the programme.

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