Presented at OVADA by the Contemporary Arts Research Unit (CARU) based at Oxford Brookes University, Body and Music is an evening of dance and music where pianist Késia Decoté will be joined by dancer and choreographer Joëlle Pappas, musician and composer Bruno Guastalla and composer Sarah Westwood to bring you pieces inspired by puppetry, myths, visions, and cable cars.

The evening opens with a new trio piece especially devised for this show, with Késia, Joëlle and Bruno. Késia will also be performing  myths & visions (this will be the last chance to see this much loved solo piano + dance show in central Oxford).  The programme also includes Joëlle and Bruno’s Traits, commissioned for this year’s Dancin’ Oxford Festival, and a new work for piano and electronics by Sarah.  See full details of the programme below.  (more…)

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“Spring is coming…” I wrote in posting an advance round-up of performance and other events for this year’s edition of Dancin’ Oxford Festival 1st – 11th March 2018. It would perhaps have been more appropriate to post “Winter is coming…” as the arrival of the “Beast from the East” took some casualties in the first weekend of programming. Heavy snowfall and consequent travel disruption led to the postponement to a later date (to be announced) of the one day Dance and Academia conference, with several guest speakers unable to get there. That same day (Saturday 3rd March) Company Chameleon’s performance at Pegasus Theatre was also cancelled.

Other companies who had arrived in Oxford a day or two earlier before the snow were able to continue with scheduled performances in true “the show must go on” style, and with encouragingly healthy audiences. At the end of Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Friday evening performance of Odyssey at The North Wall, performer George Mann gave a heartfelt thanks to those that had made it. I found this lively retelling of Homer’s great story of journey and homecoming well worth crunching through silent snowy streets for. (more…)

Spring is coming, and with it Oxford’s very own festival of dance Dancin’ Oxford in its 2018 edition.  Lots of fascinating peformances to come with an emphasis on physical theatre and storytelling as well as some tantalising workshops and taster sessions.  See below for Oxford Dance Writers list of performance events and dates in Oxford with links to further information and booking details.  Check out the Dancin’ Oxford website for details of additional performances in Didcot and Banbury, as well as workshops and classes and the Dance and Academia conference. (more…)

Imaginative and talented pianist Késia Decoté invites all to her PhD final show myths and visions at Oxford Brookes University:

Myths and visions will be a piano/body performance of pieces for extended piano techniques, a journey to imaginary worlds of myths and illusory images.  It will include works by composers Henry Cowell, John Cage, Marisa Rezende and João de Sousa Carvalho.

There will be three sessions: 21st (9.15pm), 22nd (7.25pm) and 23rd June (6.00pm) in Oxford.  Please find more information on my website: https://kesiadecote.wordpress.com/2017/05/29/myths-visions-piano-body-performance/

Please book your seats well in advance (there are only 12 seats per session) by emailing me at kesiadecote@gmail.com

In your booking I will give you personalised information about meeting point and about the performance itself (there are some moments that you will be asked to move from one place to another, but that will be nice and easy, I promise 🙂 )

I have the honour to have Joëlle Pappas as my movement director in this project, and the amazing support of Oxford Brookes Sonic Art Research Unit SARU.  My PhD research has been kindly sponsored by CNPq – Brazil.

I will be delighted to have you with me in this culmination of a journey!”

Much loved Oxford dance community Tac-au-Tac and highly respected dance artist/teacher Joëlle Pappas return to Pegasus Theatre with a family dance showcase performed by children and young people, featuring a guest appearance from Oxford Youth Dance Company.  What the Wind Told the Tree Tops is a collection of short dances which celebrate young people’s imagination, creativity and love of dance.

Suitable for all ages.

Performances:  Saturday 13th May 3.30pm & 7.00pm

Venue:  Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford OX4 1RE

Tickets:  £12, £8 concessions

Book online here, or call the Box Office on 01865 812150

Find out about Tac-au-Tac Dance Theatre and activities here

Fresh from performances at the Cheltenham Festival Joëlle Pappas‘ latest exciting choreographic project in collaboration with evolutionary scientist Yan Wong comes to Oxford for open air performances.  Dancing the Tree of Life, a piece for 7 dancers and 1 musician, is loosely based on Richard Dawkins and Yan Wong’s 2016 book The Ancestor’s Tale, a comprehensive journey through the evolution of all life on earth.  The cast includes the Oxford-based dancers Melissa Bori, JJ Formento and Ségolène Tarte.
All the events are free!

Performances: Saturday 2nd July
1.30pm in Broad Street
3.00pm on the lawn at the Museum of Natural History, in Parks Road….weather permitting
4.00pm inside the Museum of Natural History

Joëlle and Yan will also be talking about their dance/science collaboration at 5.15 pm in the Museum of Natural History

All performances are free of charge.

The Ancestor’s Tale (2nd edn) is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, find out about it here and ways to purchase it here

Find out about Joëlle Pappas’ work here

Tac-au-Tac‘s young dancers directed by Joëlle Pappas present Spring Into Dance, two entertaining programmes specially choreographed for the stage at the Old Fire Station.  These talented and creative performers, aged between 3 and 14 years, share their love for dance in this ideal family show.  An unforgettable introduction to contemporary dance!

Performances:  Saturday 14th May, 2.30pm and 4.oopm

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

Tickets:  £10, £8 (concs)

Buy online here via Tickets Oxford, or over the phone 01865 305305
or in person at the Oxford Playhouse Box Office, 11-12 Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LW

See what’s on at OFS here

Find out more about Tac-au-Tac in the community here

and about other recent Tac-au-Tac performance projects and activities here