Upcoming; a fascinating seminar being hosted by Dance Scholarship Oxford (DANSOX) and the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) at Oxford University’s Ioannou Centre.  Dr. Nicole Haitzinger of Salzburg University will be talking about the construction and reception of the tragic in Jean-Georges Noverre‘s dance drama Agamemnon Vengé; a chance to gain insight into the ideas and practice of ballet’s great and influential 18th century thinker.

Date:  Thursday 8th November, 5.00pm

Venue:  Outreach Room, The Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU

Free, all welcome, no booking required.

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Following his fascinating talk last June about Serge Lifar (read Susanna Reece’s account here), another opportunity to welcome distinguished dance scholar Professor Mark Franko to Oxford, at the joint invitation of DANSOX and APGRD (Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama):

‘From the Neo-Classical Turn to the Baroque ‘Re’-turn: French Dance in Retrospective Modernity and Recycling Postmodernity’

Professor Mark Franko, Temple University, Philadelphia

Date:  Wednesday, March 9, 2016 – 5:00pm

Venue:  The Outreach Room, Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies, 66 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3L

Free, all welcome.
No booking required.

More information on APGRD here

Another unique opportunity to get an insight into the work of a major current choreographer.  Cathy Marston will be undertaking a week long residency at the Archive  of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, APGRD, 1-5 June 2015, with the support of St Hilda’s and DANSOX. Working with 2 professional dancers and a group of Oxford scholars, Cathy will spend the week choreographing to the ancient Greek text of Odyssey Book XI.  The aim of this project is to explore how the mythical content of Odysseus’ visit to the underworld (the katabasis,) as well as its dactylic hexameter metrical form, can be translated into the medium of dance.

As the culmination of this week’s residency there will be a lecture demonstration on June 5th at 5pm in the Lecture Theatre, Classics Centre, in which Marston will discuss her approaches to adapting works of literature into dance performances with APGRD Visiting Scholar Tom Sapsford. Cathy will then also show and discuss the material which she has developed throughout the course of the week with performances from professional dancers Charlotte Broom and Aaron Vickers.

CATHY MARSTON has made works for several major European ballet companies, was director of Bern Ballet Switzerland (2007-13), and most recently was a Clore Cultural Leadership Fellow (20013-14). Cathy has a long history of adapting literary texts into unusual and thoughtful dance adaptations and has previously made works based on Shakespeare (Romeo and JulietA Midsummer Night’s Dream), Ibsen (GhostsA Doll’s House), and Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being) amongst others.

Date:  Friday 5th June, 5.00pm

Venue:  Ioannou Centre, 66 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU

Free, all welcome; no booking required.

Find out more about the APGRD here



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