Dance Scholarship Oxford (DANSOX) presents a one-day conference on the life and work of the great twentieth-century choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan (1929-1992). MacMillan stands among the great innovators of his time in theatre, film, art, music, and dance. This not-to-be-missed conference will discuss his work, the challenges of preserving the record, and explore little known early work, his literary and musical choices, design, and choreographic method. Guest speakers include: the artist and widow of Sir Kenneth, Lady MacMillan; the former Principal and Director of the Royal Ballet, Dame Monica Mason; the music expert, Natalie Wheen; and choreologist, Anna Trevien. Dancers, artists, and filmmakers who worked with Kenneth will join the conversation. A performance/lecture of the reconstruction of Playground with Yorke Dance will conclude the conference.

Date:  Saturday 16th March 10.00am-6.00pm

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

Tickets: Free and open to all, please book tickets here at Eventbrite

 

Following on from his fascinating presentation for DANSOX in 2015 on The Fascist Legs of Serge Lifar, internationally renowned dance scholar Professor Mark Franko of Temple University USA returns to St Hilda’s College to deliver a guest seminar which will examine how neoclassicism was theorized in French ballet during the 1930s.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the further development of Professor Franko’s thought provoking research.

Date:  Friday 2nd June 5.30-7.00pm

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

Tickets:  This event is free and open to all and will be followed by refreshments.  However please book online here

Find out more about Dance Scholarship Oxford (DANSOX) and its ongoing programme here

Read Susanna Reece’s report for Oxford Dance Writers of Professor Franko’s talk on The Fascist Legs of Serge Lifar here

DANSOX lectures are wonderful occasions. On Wednesday, the critic Alastair Macaulay shared memories, commentary and new insights with an audience of local residents, members of the University and distinguished visitors from the dance world. He began by setting his subject within its historical and cultural context, before launching into a wide ranging discussion of ballets ranging from the classical abstraction of Symphonic Variations to the humour, romance and narrative of La Fille Mal Gardée. (more…)

DANSOX begins its programme for 2016 with a Distinguished Guest Lecture from Alastair Macaulay, Chief Dance Critic of the New York Times, about the great British choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton:

‘Frederick Ashton: Steps, Stories, Style’

Date:  Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 5.30pm, followed by drinks reception

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Free and open to all but booking essential. Book via https://dansox-alastair-macaulay.eventbrite.co.uk

Any queries or for further information please contact susan.jones@ell.ox.ac.uk
And for more information about forthcoming DANSOX events  www.torch.ox.ac.uk/dansox

A major forthcoming dance conference on an important topic.  The Society for Dance Research and DANSOX present:

‘The Role of the Choreographer in the Stage and Screen Musical’

With distinguished keynote speeches from Dame Gillian Lynne, acclaimed British dancer, choreographer, and theatre/television director; and Professor Millie Taylor (University of Winchester). Dame Gillian Lynne will speak at 2pm. With a drinks reception after.

Date:  Saturday 28th November, 2015 – 10:30am to 4:30pm

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pre Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Come to any part or all of conference – free (except for lunch).
To register go to: http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/role-choreographer-stage-and-screen-musical-1 and click on the link.

Where does emotion reside? How do we share it? To whom does it belong?  Programmed by the recently formed Body and Being Network, the event Embodying Emotion offers a chance to explore these fascinating questions this coming 3rd June.  Performing an original piece based on Ovid’s tale of Myrrha (developed as part of Avid for Ovid), choreographer and dance artist Marie-Louise Crawley and composer Malcolm Atkins will explore the embodied expression of emotion.  The performance will be followed by facilitated audience discussion.

Date:  Wednesday 3rd June 5.30-6.30pm

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford
Attendance is free, but please register for this event on the Body and Being Network website by 1 June: http://bodyandbeingnetwork.org/2015/05/20/event-announcement-embodying-emotion/
This event is generously supported by a research award from St Hilda’s College.

The Body and Being Network is a new research initiative that aims to develop innovative interdisciplinary dialogues about the body. Co-founded by Karin Eli (University of Oxford) and Anna Lavis (University of Birmingham), the network instigates and supports collaborative encounters between scholars and performing artists, and challenges participants to develop analyses that involve their own embodied experiences. Find out about The Body and Being Network here

Find out more about Avid for Ovid’s work, and read Marie Louise Crawley’s reflections on portraying Myrrha here.

Hard on the heels of its recent highly popular event featuring choreographer Kim Brandstrup, DANSOX supported by the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH) brings another distinguished guest to St Hilda’s Oxford on Thursday 4th June.  Professor Mark Franko, internationally renowned dance scholar of Temple University and Middlesex University, presents an illustrated lecture on The Fascist Legs of Serge Lifar: French Ballet under the Occupation emerging from his recent research on this important and controversial early twentieth-century director and choreographer.  Professor Franko will share fascinating new sources for evaluating Serge Lifar’s life and work during WW2 at the Paris Opera and illuminate the relationship of neo-classicism and dance.

Date:  Thursday 4th June 2015, 5.30-7.00pm

Venue:  Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

This event is free and open to all and will be followed by refreshments.

Booking essential at: https://eventbrite.co.uk/event/16611691015/

You can find more information about DANSOX and TORCH here