Much loved and long established Oxford Youth Dance, led by Cecilia Macfarlane with Elly Crowther, present their latest programme of work at The Old Fire Station.  Flame is a compilation of powerful dances inspired by fire, created by the company and guests including visiting dancers from Japan; offering heat, energy and excitement that will keep the audience warm and send them off dancing too.  They will be dancing with the power and essential nature of fire, and the many myths and stories about how vital this element is in our lives.

Performances:  Saturday 19th May, 3.00pm and 6.00pm

Venue:  Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

Tickets:  £13 Adults, £11 Concessions

Book online here or call the Box Office on 01865 263990

Duration:  75 minutes including brief interval

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Oxford Youth Dance extend a warm invitation to all their friends to the third and final event of their 30th Anniversary Year.  Ranging over a day the Living and Moving Archive Event and Celebration will take place in OYD’s three homes.  Daytime activities are curated by a team of four young people currently or previously members of OYD; their Four Rooms Project at Fusion Arts and East Oxford Community Centre will include taster workshops, film screenings, performances, archival exhibitions and food and drink.  In the evening activity will continue at Ark T Centre with the launch of Cecilia Macfarlane and Ruth Pethybridge‘s book Any Body, Any Age, Any Dance published by People Dancing (formerly the Foundation for Community Dance).  There will also be a film screening and four specially choreographd dances by Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company to go with the chapters of the book, followed by a birthday supper and disco.  This event is for EVERYONE; from those who began with Cecilia in 1986, through to those who are interested in beginning dance in the future.

OYD hopes that you will join them for some or all of this special day, and look forward to seeing you there!

OYD Team:  Cecilia Macfarlane, Elly Crowther, Rachel Gildea

OYD Creative Apprentices:  Emily Wheeler, Charis Taplin, Alfie Bowlby, Callum Ruddock

Date:  Saturday 17th September 2016

11.00am-4.00pm:  Fusion Arts and East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes Street, Oxford OX4 1DD

7.30pm -late:  Ark T Centre, Crowell Road, Oxford OX4 3LN

Free, all welcome

Oxford Youth Dance gratefully acknowledges support from Oxford University and Oxford City Council Culture Fund.

 

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…)

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…)

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/