A welcome opportunity to see dance in thought-provoking collaboration with other art forms in the beautiful space of Modern Art Oxford (MAO)ABOUT US is a multimedia performance created by Jacky Lansley with artists from dance, visual art, experimental music and theatre backgrounds. In it interdisciplinary collaboration enables powerful explorations of personal and political struggles around loss, joy, caring and oppression that affect us all.  Inspired by the everyday experiences of the human condition, this performance plays with multiple perspectives – near and far, live and film, inside and outside – to draw the audience into an intimate world of which they are a part, it is a performance about us all.

Jacky Lansley is a choreographer, performance artist and writer who has been practicing for four decades. The artist’s work combines visual and theatrical disciplines and is concerned with space and the site specific; she has made works in many different kinds of indoor and outdoor environments, including the Cornish coastal landscape with which she has had a long-term special relationship. The artist was a founder of two of the UK’s seminal independent dance studios – X6 Dance Space and Chisenhale Dance Space – and in 2002 she moved into her own studio, Dance Research Studio, in London, which has supported the making of more recent works including: Holding Space, View from the Shore, Standing Stones, The Life Class, Guest Suites and ABOUT US. Her book Choreographies: Tracing the Materials of an Ephemeral Art Form was published by Intellect Books in 2017.  Jacky Lansley received the Jane Attenborough Award (2018) for outstanding contribution to dance.

Performance:  Tuesday 19th February 6.30-8.00pm

Venue:  Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

Tickets:  Available online for MAO here

Read Jacky Lansley’s blog about the work here

An atmospheric summer evening performance beckons on Port Meadow this Saturday 26th July, involving some of Oxford’s most interesting performers.  Cross art collaborative trio MUE comprises dancer Macarena Ortuzar, musician Bruno Guastalla and light artist Dariusz Dziala.  In their Butoh influenced programme Nightfall they are joined by guest dancers Paola Esposito and Mirei Yasawa.

Performance:  Saturday 26th July, 8.30-10.00pm

Venue: Port Meadow; end of Aristotle Lane, Oxford

MUE is a dance/music company based in Oxford, a collaboration which started in 2010.

MUE: shedding of skin

MUE writes:  The direction we are following is an attempt at an equal creative partnership, where movement, light and sound can fluidly work towards an animation of the given space.  Our different vantage points, histories and techniques are brought to the space and situation.   Shape and erosion of shape seem to take place as a result.

More information about MUE available here