Oxford University’s Archive of Performance of Greek and Roman Drama (APGRD) presents Beyond the Text: Chorus in the twenty-first century, a lecture/performance of choruses from Euripides’ Medea, with Marie-Louise Crawley (choreographer), Struan Leslie (Dramaturg, Movement Director), Malcolm Atkins (Composer).  This presentation is the culmination of a week-long workshop with a chorus of professional dancers and students kindly supported by DANSOX, C-DaRE (University of Coventry) and the Oxford University Classical Drama Society (OUCDS).

Performance:  Thursday 26 September, 5pm

Venue:   Jacqueline du Pre Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX1 4DY

Tickets:  Free all welcome; no booking required.

You may also be interested in the APGRD’s free multimedia/interactive ebook on the performance history of Euripides’ Medea – find out more

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Full marks should go to Oxford Playhouse for bringing us a UK premiere as part of Dancin’ Oxford’s 10th birthday celebrations. The Playhouse is now the regular venue for the Oxford Greek Play[1], and so Thomas Noone’s dance work inspired by Euripides’ Medea co-produced by Mercat de les Flors was an apt choice.

A powerful opening solo for the dancer playing Medea set the foreboding atmosphere, as she obsessively repeated sequences of movements to an electronic soundscore, her speed and intensity reminiscent of Wayne McGregor’s work. Noone’s choreographic style, which makes frequent use of a distinctive lift in which one dancer is passed horizontally around the waist of another, may also hint at Russell Maliphant’s influence. (more…)