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A dialogue between choreography and visual arts.

Visual artist Jeremy Millar and choreographer Siobhan Davies collaborate on an ambitious new installation showing in 2017 featuring the work of 13 choreographers, visual artists, scientists and designers exploring how the body feels when in the act of doing.  At the invitation of DANSOX (Dance Scholarship Oxford) in this talk they will discuss the different strategies of collaborating across artforms.  Taking inspiration from Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas they explore how side-by-side presence can inform their artistic practice and create a new present. The event will include performative moments with collaborator Helka Kaski.

Date:  Wednesday 19th October 17.30-19.30pm

Venue: Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY

Free of charge, but register to attend here

To find out more about DANSOX and its programme of events:

A second fascinating DANSOX event coming up in May at the Jacqueline du Pré Building at St Hilda’s College, supported by Oxford University TORCH funding.   In Manual – Choreography and the Everyday the grande dame of British contemporary dance, Siobhan Davies CBE, will discuss her work and understanding of choreography as collaborative contemporary practice in relation to dance, literature and visual arts.  She will explore the body as archive of movement and show an extract of her film All This Can Happen.

Thursday May 15th 5.30-7.00pm

Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College Oxford
Followed by refreshments
Free and open to all but seating limited, so book now at:
More information about DANSOX events  here

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