This show followed the theme of time. Lunas Dance Project’s new work Measuring Time started and ended the show, framing works by guest companies in the middle.

Measuring Time: Part 1 and Part 2. The piece began as Ellie Aldegheri moved a stone from a heap at the side of the stage to a new pile beside it; she danced a powerful solo, then joined all the dancers grouped at the back. There were fast sequences of intense movement on, off, around and across the stage, and with big umbrellas and newspapers, including a solo of quiet intensity from Elly Tiburcio. (more…)

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Lunas Dance Project is a dynamic emerging Oxford based contemporary dance company.  Directed by Ellie Aldegheri, the company will be presenting her new work Measuring time, in May at Arts at the Old Fire Station in Oxford alongside two guest companies, Bracknell based nocturn dance Company and Slaves to music from Switzerland.  Measuring Time will be accompanied live by Nia Williams, and an ensemble of five musicians. (more…)

The intentional obscurity of the social media campaign for dareyouwatch could be read as an unflinching self-awareness on the part of nocturn dance, a realisation of how the medium of dance is perceived, and indeed how at odds such an immersive and physical art form is with digital world. As an audience member, seeing dance performed is akin to the attending a live gig; it’s all about being there, being actively part of something even though you’re a spectator, and being so intensely aware of the physical achievements of the performers that it mesmerises you.  dareyouwatch is all about changing this, using social media to replace this sense of participation and, in fact, developing  it through direct interaction and involvement with the performance through Facebook and Twitter. Nor is this replacement a blind journeying towards inevitable progress, but an active attempt to shatter the perceived elitism that accompanies dance, or indeed any other form of high culture.  (more…)

Now you don’t even have to leave the house to get a thrilling dance fix…  Choreographer John Darvell of nocturn dance invites you to enter “the Chamber” and join five characters – and the tea lady – as drama unfolds online in dareyouwatch.  Play now on Facebook, watch it live streamed on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June – or see it live in performance at South Hill Park, Bracknell… (more…)

the DANCE SHED

Come see an evening of exciting dance work performed by pro, semi-pro and community adult groups at the Cornerstone, Didcot.  John Darvell and locally based company Nocturn Dance are hosting an evening  celebrating adult dance, showcasing all the best that adult community dance groups across the Thames Valley and South East can offer. The platform is an opportunity to engage with the diverse range of creative dance activity that takes place in the local community; watch them perform and learn how to get involved.  A night not to miss! (more…)