Following earlier reflections on new narrative dance works, it has been interesting to see dance/theatre pieces that turn their attention to the stories and dilemmas of dancers themselves, and in doing so test different theatrical formats…

As part of Oxford’s summer half term explosion of dance performances Break the Floorboards (in Punjabi “Chak De Phatte” or “go for it”) at the Oxford Playhouse brought an entertaining and upbeat mix of Bollywood and street dance to tell the story of young Zain who wants to be a dancer.  Torn between loyalty to his British Asian family and community and the encouragement of liberated street dancer Sophie who exemplifies the freedom to pursue a gift and a dream, Zain has to confront difficult realities and becomes caught in troubled situations before a hopeful resolution. (more…)

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For those of you that have been missing that weekly dance fix… the live show, coming next week to Oxford’s own New Theatre.  Told through the eyes of the hugely popular Lisa Riley, under the direction of TV’s most notorious judge, Craig Revel Horwood, Strictly Confidential is a dance and music extravaganza, complete with sequins, spray tans and behind-the-scenes action from the BBC One Saturday night entertainment series.

Much-loved professionals Artem Chigvintsev, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite will take your breath away with their exquisite performances of all your favourite ballroom and Latin routines, as well as their insider knowledge of the world of Strictly….  (more…)