Why host an event which presents dance work focusing on various human rights issues in 2020?  This is a volatile time for many of us in the world, although the concept and ethos of human rights enables us to reflect upon the fact that at any given time human beings are fleeing persecution and seeking to affirm their human rights.  And so, in our turbulent times it is urgent to ask—what is our commitment as artists and human beings to the idea and practice of human rights?

My own introduction to human rights came a long time before I knew what that concept entails.  My political education was on the pro-Palestinian Israeli left, and so I’ve come to learn of human rights from the wrong side of history.  Even when my every day was shielded by walls and checkpoints from events of huge historical consequence occurring sometimes less than a few miles away, I knew well these events are part of my own life. And I realized early on that no one is free until everyone is free, and our human fate is entangled in others and so we have responsibilities towards them. (more…)

BODY POLITIC CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY WITH A WORLD-CLASS LINE-UP.

On Saturday 21st September Body Politic is hosting an exclusive dance showcase to mark its first birthday at Pegasus Theatre. The showcase boasts to be one of Oxford’s biggest urban dance showcases to date, with performances from professional crews and companies such as Sky1’s Got to Dance recent semi finalists Poison.  There are fourteen crews and companies from across the UK involved in the dance showcase with styles including Hip-Hop, Contemporary and Commercial. Crews and companies from as far as Nottingham and Portsmouth will be strutting their stuff on stage alongside local artists and groups from Oxford.   Guaranteed to have you dancing in your seats and shouting for more! (more…)