CALL OUT FOR DANCERS! Dancing in the Library, Tuesday 19 December

It’s going to be great! I’m very excited about dancing in Oxfordshire’s Central Library in Oxford which re-opens just before Christmas. The dance is on Tuesday 19 December. We’re creating a dance using contact improvisation and as ever, most of the work is in the preparation. Here’s the details if you’d like to join us!

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Morris Dancing meets Contact Improvisation?!

I am starting a new project – combining Morris dancing –  an English folk dance – with contact improvisation to produce a number of ‘sketches’.  Dance artist Naomi Morris (yes, that really is her name) and I have already started jamming ideas. The working title is ‘Morris Remade’. I’m not quite sure where this is leading us … !

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English Folk Dance with Chloe Metcalfe

In this lecture/workshop at Oxford Town Hall on 3 October 2017, Chloe Metcalfe – a researcher from Roehampton University presented ‘When non-dancers dance: considerations of audience and performer in contemporary British community-dance events.’ She also taught a dance to the audience, and played violin accompaniment as they danced.

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Contact meets Contemporary 2017

In July 2017, I attended the Contact meets Contemporary dance festival in Göttingen, Germany. It’s a week long festival for contact improvisation with contemporary dance elements – people with backgrounds in either dance form – or both, attend the festival which gives it ‘an edge’. I kept a dance diary and recorded my experience and thoughts – presented here.

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Water Contact & Fascia Motion in a Warm Water Pool with Daniel Werner

This workshop was on Saturday 29 July; part of Contact meets Contemporary 2017.

I am suspended, weightless in the water. What a relief! It’s good to be off the ground: after five days of dancing at this festival, I have a swollen knee from the impact of the hard floor of the Felix-Klein Gymnasium!

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Dust off effort – Revealing non-doing through touch & movement with Dino Spiri

This workshop was on Saturday 29 July; part of Contact meets Contemporary 2017.

The workshop could be paraphrased as: doing more with less. Aspects of it resonate with Steve Paxton’s notion of the small dance.

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