In my opinion the most remarkable of this year’s Dancin’ Oxford festival events, out of those I saw, was Decreasing Infinity, an evening of classical Indian dance and contemporary work at the Pegasus Theatre. First came two pieces for a solo male dancer in the Bharatanatyam dance form of the Tamil Nadu region in South India. It is very energetic and virile, with a lot of stamping, turning, and flexing of the hands. The stamps especially show great power, as if the force of the movement goes right into the ground below the dancer. Legs are held bent at the knee for long periods. The strength held in the thighs seems quite superhuman. In the jumps the dancer’s torso remains at the same height, moving only horizontally. He seems held up by the energy he has taken from the ground, while the legs move from stamp to stamp independently. (more…)

For the last fortnight the Pegasus Theatre has been the welcoming centre for Dancin’ Oxford; hosting workshops, open rehearsals and performances, its cheerful upstairs café bar a meeting place for the Oxford dance community as well as a varied public.  After showcasing new works by local artists in Moving with the Times, and Hannah de Cancho’s company Sole Rebel Tap, last week saw performances by festival guests Balbir Singh Dance Company and TV’s “I Got To Dance” semi-finalists Cerebro offering two very different evenings of predominantly male dancing. (more…)