Having seen commissioned works in progress at Scratch Night in January, Lizzy Spight returned to see the finished pieces in Moving with the Times, the annual showcase for works by Oxfordshire based dance artists.  Here are her responses to them…

STONE’S THROW – AnaMorphic Dance Theatre

On stage two musicians in the back left corner, with horn and keyboard; pebbles spread all over the stage, on a big screen two children walking through a green landscape, eating sandwiches and leaving markers on the ground.  A man and a woman enter; they dance, talk, share childhood experiences and sandwiches, play with “markers”/ pebbles on the ground, run along pebble paths. (more…)

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Lizzy Spight attended the January Dance Scratch Night at the Pegasus Theatre to see works in development by local dance artists, including some for Moving with the Times, the Dancin’ Oxford platform.  Audience feedback and discussion was facilitated by Fiona Millward.  Lizzy writes:

The first work in progress was Ellyfish & Things by Elly Crowther and Emma Goodwin; a colourful piece with playful elements around the subject of “Happiness”.  Little nuggets of wisdom are framed by playful short dances which bring up the memory of childhood, including some of its darker sides.  This was originally made for a children’s show, and the artists think that to present it as a duet rather than a  solo brings more out of it by enabling it to represent various relationships, maybe mother and child, or two children? (more…)

Local dance artist Paulette Mae (you may have seen her work in progress at URC, and more fully developed at the Old Fire Station during this year’s Dancin’ Oxford) is working on a new piece and would appreciate responses to an image posted in a blog as contributions to the creative process – see below for details… (more…)

Following the completion of this year’s Dancin’ Oxford Festival, Oxford Dance Writers has great pleasure in announcing the winners of this year’s Dance Writers of the Future competition.  The competition judges were David Bellan, dance critic of the Oxford Times, Susie Crow of Ballet in Small Spaces and Oxford Dance Writers, Penny Cullerne-Bown, Principal of East Oxford School of Ballet, and Miranda Laurence of Dance and Academia. All entrants were in the higher age category and the final winners in a very close contest were as follows:

First Prize: Thomas Stell

Runner-up:  Miranda Frudd

The judges would like to congratulate Thomas for his vibrant account of performance installation Between by Angela Woodhouse and Caroline Broadhead at the Burton Taylor Studio, and Miranda for her thoughtful reflection on Paulette Mae’s A Suitcase for All Occasions at the Old Fire Station.  Both of these winning entries are being posted for you to enjoy.

As part of his prize Thomas received a pair of tickets for Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker at the New Theatre – his review of this successful and popular production will also be posted very shortly… We hope that both winners will be encouraged to contribute further writings on dance to Oxford Dance Writers and look forward to hearing from them again in future.

Well done to all the contestants, and our grateful thanks to the Dancing Times, New Theatre Oxford and Oxford Playhouse for their support of the competition through generous prizes.

Drawing attention once again to dance practitioners’ blogging, for insights into local and professional dance practice, reflection on performances, dance development and creative work gradually taking shape in the studio… (more…)

Lots of Dancin’ Oxford activities coming up this weekend:

Friday 16th at 7.00pm and Saturday 17th at 4.00pm and 7.00pm:
Oxford Youth Dance presents No Stone Unturned at the Pegasus Theatre
Come and support, tickets are selling fast!! Featuring new work by: OYD Co, DugOut, Slipstream, The Uthers, OYD Classes 1, 2 & 3, Cecilia Macfarlane, Joelle Pappas, Elly Crowther, The Helpers and more…

Saturday 17th at 8.00pm at the Old Fire Station
Paulette Mae presents A Suitcase for All Seasons
Featuring Paulette Mae, Ana Barbour and Anja Meinhardt in a triptych of new dance theatre fusing contemporary dance, street and butoh with spoken word in an evocative and surreal exploration of our attachment to objects, people and space.

Sunday 18th 4.30-6.00pm at The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street
Dance on Screen Film Shorts – an inspiring programme including premiers by Oxford dance filmmakers including Ana Barbour and Dariusz Dziala alongside some breathtaking films from a decade of Oxford Dance on Screen.

Further details on: http://www.dancinoxford.co.uk

If you go please post your comments and thoughts on what you see here on Oxford Dance Writers – and encourage any young people to enter the Dance Writers of the Future 2012 competition!
https://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/dance-writers-of-the-future-2012/

A request for help for a dance focused research project by an Oxford student of anthropology.  If you are taking part in Dancin’ Oxford workshop activities please do consider participating in this interesting project:

Keen on dance?? Try some sessions at the

Dancin’ Oxford Festival! and earn £5 for participation in dance research…

Shows, workshops, classes – a month’s celebration of dance! Also, Oxford University is conducting a study about ‘Why do we dance?’ and if you take part, you will earn £5 for your participation!

Come to the Dancin’ Oxford Dance-A-Thon sessions (listed below) and follow this link if you are interested in being part of the study, having some fun and winning some money:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGRyLUY5aHFPdE1oRTU3NXlqTk12ZUE6MQ

No previous experience necessary, the study only takes 15mins, so arrive early if you are wanting to take part!

Sunday 26th Feb: Pegasus Theatre

Butoh (2pm)

Contemporary (4pm)

 Monday 27th Feb: Oxford Playhouse

Flamenco (6pm)

Sunday 11th March: Oxford Playhouse

Ceroc (1pm)

Kathak (3pm)

Sunday 18th March: Pegasus Theatre

Tap Rhythm (2pm)

Breakdance (4pm)

Monday 19th March: Oxford Playhouse

Hip Hop (6pm)