The Contemporary Arts Research Unit CARU celebrates its (slightly belated) 4th anniversary with a great line-up of performances by artists from different forms working in collaboration, and including work by Oxford dance artists Naomi Morris, and Macarena Ortuzar (member of MUE).  This event is dedicated to talented photographer  Pier Corona, CARU’s VVVIP, and the heart of Oxford, who had been with CARU since its very first event 4 years ago.

Participating artists:

Naomi Morris
Martin Hackett
MUE – Macarena Ortuzar, Dariusz Dziala, Bruno Guastalla, Daniel Balanescu, performing ANIMUS
Peta Lloyd
Georgia Pazarloglou
Claire Frampton
Rory Flynn
Janice Howard

Date: Saturday 25th November, 6pm – 8pm

Venue: OVADA Gallery, 14a Osney Lane, Oxford. OX1 1NJ

FREE & ALL WELCOME!

Find out more about the event here and about MUE here

Find out about Pier Corona here and read the Oxford Mail’s tribute here

Another atmospheric summer evening happening from the Oxford based group MUE:

dance light music at dusk with

Macarena Ortuzar (dance)

Dariusz Dziala (light)

Bruno Guastalla (music)

An improvised performance will happen at the St Barnabas Playground, at the corner of Hart Street and Great Clarendon Street, in Jericho, Oxford

SATURDAY 25th JULY  9:00PM (FREE)

An atmospheric summer evening performance beckons on Port Meadow this Saturday 26th July, involving some of Oxford’s most interesting performers.  Cross art collaborative trio MUE comprises dancer Macarena Ortuzar, musician Bruno Guastalla and light artist Dariusz Dziala.  In their Butoh influenced programme Nightfall they are joined by guest dancers Paola Esposito and Mirei Yasawa.

Performance:  Saturday 26th July, 8.30-10.00pm

Venue: Port Meadow; end of Aristotle Lane, Oxford

MUE is a dance/music company based in Oxford, a collaboration which started in 2010.

MUE: shedding of skin

MUE writes:  The direction we are following is an attempt at an equal creative partnership, where movement, light and sound can fluidly work towards an animation of the given space.  Our different vantage points, histories and techniques are brought to the space and situation.   Shape and erosion of shape seem to take place as a result.

More information about MUE available here

 

An evening of many delights beckons next Saturday 5th April at an unusual Oxford venue, St Columba’s Church.  Oxford based company MUE (dance/sound/light) join forces with French melodeon stars Emmanuel Pariselle and Christian Maes in concert.

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A UNIQUE ENCOUNTER:
The duet of Macarena Ortuzar and New York based Shahzad Ismaily has played in the USA and Japan since 2000.  They have collaborated with Laurie Anderson, John Zorn and Butoh dance maker Min Tanaka among others. This will be their first European collaboration, an encounter not to be missed and a rare opportunity to see these two exceptional performers together. (more…)

Diamond Night 24th November 2012 – Writing for the first time for Oxford Dance Writers, Lizzy Spight gives us a different perspective on a stimulating evening…

Another very enjoyable evening full of little gems and diamonds being worked on. The space is intimate enough for the audience and the performers to get close to each other and for sensing the exchange between both. It creates an atmosphere of openness and being involved with the work in progress of each artist. (more…)

Café Reason’s 10th  Diamond Night.   24th November 2012

Six different works covering dance, poetry, projection, live music, film and voice in Café Reason’s 10th Diamond Night  organised this time by Paola Esposito and Fabrizia Verrechia.  There was a good turn out for the cosy space of Oxford Brooke’s drama studio.  Good to see this support for new work.

The first piece by Anne Ryan was a short vignette in which a face peers out from a frame.  A soundtrack of recorded voice traces a range of emotions expressed in the subtle changing nuances of the framed face. Simple, elegant and strong. (more…)

A chance tonight to see the evocative partnership of Butoh dancer Macarena Ortuzar with cellist Bruno Guastalla, this time working with VJ Dariusz Dziala

20:00 until 22:00 Jacqueline du Pre Music Building

St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

As part of the ‘Hearing Landscape Critically’ conference, M@SH present People, Place & Protest, a concert of music reflecting on protest, and how music can be composed to create the sense of an individual and a place. Featuring electronic music by Trevor Wishart and Dan Jeffries, alongside chamber music, folk flavours, improvisation and theatrical performances. And some viola da gamba too.

MUE  ( Macarena Ortuzar Dance/ Bruno Guastalla Sounds/ Dariusz Dziala VJ) will be taking part in the foyer, and on the grounds.

Tickets: £7 Full / £5 Concessions, students and delegates
For more details:  http://http://www.facebook.com/events/432613103419877/

 

Diamond Nights at Brookes Studio Theatre 28th January 2012 – Susie Crow writes:

The seventh edition of Café Reason’s regular “Diamond Nights” was an intimate evening of poetic experiments in theatricality.  Introduced by Ana Barbour and lit by Pete Green, the performance began with Ayala Kingsley’s Trunk.  In near darkness assistants drew aside a black velvet curtain to reveal a trunk which began to creak and twitch, its lid tentatively ajar to reveal slivers of torchlight; then streams of bubbles, followed by two grey clad hands as exploring creatures.  Gradually the trunk opened to reveal Ayala as an enigmatic siren bathing and ultimately paddling off on a sea of fabric with her bath-brush… a succession of winning images worth developing.

Flavia Coube’s solo Child juxtaposed her insightful portrayal of childishness with a haunting song by Joanna Nielson which gave an edge of darkness.   In a baggy dress with oversized checks, and hair held by an unruly pink bow Flavia’s comical persona was communicated through wide eyes and ungainly limbs.  Admirable articulation in the fluid and expressive detail of every part of body and face gave this solo clarity and touching authenticity.

A powerful opening to Ségolène Tarte’s Splice as her shadowy figure found its agitated way to a central hanging rope and pool of light.  This work in progress has expanded since previous performances, building its emotional resonance as Ségolène has developed a vulnerable and shifting relationship with the rope, almost lending it life and a character of its own.  She is finding a personal dance language which integrates her balletic grace and vocabulary with strongly defined expressive movement.

Cellist Bruno Guastalla and Macarena Ortuzar continued their fruitful collaboration with Slate.  Sophisticated software allowed the live and recorded cello to be fragmented and randomly fed back and layered, creating an atmospheric sound world into which Macarena crept down the stairs.  Bent back with a layer of skirt over her head, she felt her way into the space with tremulous fingers.  At times she seemed headless, I lost the sense of which was her body’s back and front.  Once fully revealed the image conveyed by her demure cream frock was subverted with movement of delicacy and anguished grotesquerie, suggesting deep and painful stories.

Dariusz Dziala’s video short Cabbage was a lighthearted and surreal collage of images set to a Polish folk song, dazzling in its witty unpredictable invention and inclusion of dance footage both historic and of Café Reason dancers.  Here was editor as choreographer, making surprising combinations of literal and abstracted images dance.

Finally A Walk, a structured group improvisation by Jeannie Donald McKim, Fabrizia Verrechia, Flavia, Ségolène and Ayala with Bruno on cello and singer Janna Ferrett, triggered by Ivor Cutler’s Life in a Scotch Sitting Room, with playful interaction and exchange of a variety of hats.  Hats off to the Café Reason team this evening for conjuring up such arresting dream worlds…