Local dance artist Paulette Mae (you may have seen her work in progress at URC, and more fully developed at the Old Fire Station during this year’s Dancin’ Oxford) is working on a new piece and would appreciate responses to an image posted in a blog as contributions to the creative process – see below for details… (more…)

Oxford based musician and composer Malcolm Atkins has written a trenchant reflection on the need for performing arts spaces in Oxford.  For another artist/musician’s passionate view, read Jon Bowen‘s comment on my original piece.  Please add your responses, comments and observations, and contribute to this debate as it gets underway…

Malcolm writes:

The arts in Britain are in crisis but this in itself is not unusual. The Brits have often been suspicious of culture and steadfastly philistine and class based in their approach to the arts. More than anything this applies to the performing arts in Oxford. (more…)

Last year Oxford company Ballet in Small Spaces rehearsed, produced and opened its new show at the Castle, Wellingborough; a centrally situated municipal arts centre with a fully equipped flexible theatre capable of holding up to 500 people in conventional format or of showing work in the round, supported by a studio theatre rehearsal space, small dance studio and a full time professional technical and administrative team.  This April I was part of the company performing Dancing the Invisible at the Ivy Arts Centre, University of Surrey in Guildford, a similar flexible theatre space only recently converted from an old sports centre; here alongside the theatre a large dance studio where we rehearsed daily, other rehearsal rooms and production facilities, and a technical crew in which students from Guildford School of Acting could learn by working alongside seasoned professionals.

I revelled in these working conditions which on both occasions enabled focused professional work to be intensively developed, honed and presented at a high standard.  It is not currently possible to work like this in Oxford because Oxford lacks performing arts facilities like these.  (more…)

Escape the Jubilee with Oxford Improvisers at the Old Fire Station on June 5th!

An evening of performances by the DEC group in collaboration with members of Oxford Improvisers and leading poets.

‘a unique and ground breaking collaboration between four art forms’

The DEC group is:
Malcolm Atkins and Bruno Guastalla: music
Susie Crow and Ana Barbour: dance
Clare Bassett, Kassandra Isaacson, Suzie Moxley: visual art

Featured poets:  Vahni Capildeo, Gavin Selerie

Tuesday  5 June   Doors open from 7:00 pm     Entry: £8/£6
The Loft Room, The Old Fire Station, 40 George St., Oxford OX1 2AQ

evening convened by Malcolm Atkins and Janna Ferrett

Part of the Oxfringe Festival 

A Suitcase for All Occasions – 17th March 2012 at the Old Fire Station

I was not sure what to expect from Paulette Mae’s A Suitcase for All Occasions. It was very well attended, and the atmosphere built up outside as we all waited in the foyer to be let in. The programme seemed to suggest- from Mae’s background and the information we were given- that the three dances would focus on the meaning and unnecessary nature of the material possessions we want and accumulate. The first dance, P.S., seemed more about mother and daughter losing connections than the significance of a dress that the daughter wanted. (more…)

Lots of Dancin’ Oxford activities coming up this weekend:

Friday 16th at 7.00pm and Saturday 17th at 4.00pm and 7.00pm:
Oxford Youth Dance presents No Stone Unturned at the Pegasus Theatre
Come and support, tickets are selling fast!! Featuring new work by: OYD Co, DugOut, Slipstream, The Uthers, OYD Classes 1, 2 & 3, Cecilia Macfarlane, Joelle Pappas, Elly Crowther, The Helpers and more…

Saturday 17th at 8.00pm at the Old Fire Station
Paulette Mae presents A Suitcase for All Seasons
Featuring Paulette Mae, Ana Barbour and Anja Meinhardt in a triptych of new dance theatre fusing contemporary dance, street and butoh with spoken word in an evocative and surreal exploration of our attachment to objects, people and space.

Sunday 18th 4.30-6.00pm at The Ultimate Picture Palace, Jeune Street
Dance on Screen Film Shorts – an inspiring programme including premiers by Oxford dance filmmakers including Ana Barbour and Dariusz Dziala alongside some breathtaking films from a decade of Oxford Dance on Screen.

Further details on: http://www.dancinoxford.co.uk

If you go please post your comments and thoughts on what you see here on Oxford Dance Writers – and encourage any young people to enter the Dance Writers of the Future 2012 competition!
https://oxforddancewriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/dance-writers-of-the-future-2012/

Dance and Academia: Moving the Boundaries

presents

‘Space to Dance – Exploring Movement, Site and Surroundings’

at Dancin’ Oxford 2012

Convenor: Miranda Laurence

This one-day symposium brings together dance practitioners, academics and professionals from different fields to gain an insight into movement in, through and around space. The day will contain a practical workshop as well as papers, time for discussion and a unique opportunity to explore the spaces around us both physically and mentally.

Speakers will be addressing diverse themes including choreographing audiences through mobile technology, exploring urban design through the perspective of movement, the design of bespoke dance buildings, the use of aerial space for dance, and understandings of movement and dance in human geography fields.

All welcome.

SATURDAY 24th MARCH 2012, 10am-6pm (workshop 10-12, presentations and city tour 12-6)

Old Fire Station, George Street, Oxford OX1 2AQ

Speakers:
Clive Albert (Malcolm Fraser Architects)
Lesley Cotton (Architect and Landscape Architect)
Fabrice Guillot (Choreographer, Compagnie Retouramont)
Struan Leslie (Head of Movement, Royal Shakespeare Company)
Rita Marcalo (Choreographer, Instant Dissidence)
Derek McCormack (School of Geography and The Environment, Oxford University)

Tickets: £18, conc £16

£20, conc £18 including 2 hour movement workshop with Struan Leslie, 10am-12pm

All tickets include light lunch

Advance booking required through Tickets Oxford

http://www.ticketsoxford.com or 01865 305 305.

On 24th March at 7.30pm, Compagnie Retouramont will perform outdoor aerial work ‘Danse des Cariatides’ at Oxford Castle. Entry is free and all conference delegates are welcome to attend.

For more information please visit http://www.dancinoxford.co.uk or email miranda.c.laurence@gmail.com