Black shapes twist and turn languidly in the water. Reflections ripple out. Now a foot, now a hand shows; a figure faces down into the water. The refraction of light causes strange foreshortenings of limbs, odd bulges break from the surface as air moves around a wetsuit. A twiggy chorus of hands lifts, turning slightly, then shifts apart again. Figures sway horizontally, pushed and pulled by the heavy liquid mass around them. Accompanied by a minimalist score of growing intensity, this is mesmeric watching.

Pond, a piece by Helsinki-based integrated dance company Kaaos Dance, takes place in the spa area of a hotel some 20-odd kilometres outside of the city. We audience members first encounter each other on a coach outside Madhouse theatre, which is hosting the event. During the journey through a bleak January afternoon landscape of dirty snow and black trees, we are instructed to turn off our smart phones and invited to relax into a ‘retreat’, an experience aiming taking us out of the real world for a short while. (more…)

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A dialogue between choreography and visual arts.

Visual artist Jeremy Millar and choreographer Siobhan Davies collaborate on an ambitious new installation showing in 2017 featuring the work of 13 choreographers, visual artists, scientists and designers exploring how the body feels when in the act of doing.  At the invitation of DANSOX (Dance Scholarship Oxford) in this talk they will discuss the different strategies of collaborating across artforms.  Taking inspiration from Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas they explore how side-by-side presence can inform their artistic practice and create a new present. The event will include performative moments with collaborator Helka Kaski.

Date:  Wednesday 19th October 17.30-19.30pm

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

Free of charge, but register to attend here

To find out more about DANSOX and its programme of events:

susan.jones@ell.ox.ac.uk

http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/dansox

After inspiring and entrancing participants at the Burton Taylor Studio last year, Everyday Moments, the unique 15 minute immersive experience by Hofesh Shechter, is back.

Audience/participants were delighted with Hofesh’s intimate words, mesmerising voice and atmospheric score, blended together in the darkness to create a special opportunity to move with no-one watching. Now  you have another chance to dance in the dark with no inhibitions.  Pleasingly private, emotionally cathartic and physically liberating… (more…)