Dancin’ Oxford Autumn Dance Festival 2021 is an annual celebration of dance that provides an opportunity for participants to actively engage in high-quality dance, through an exciting programme of participatory activity and a performance programme.
Rambert2 featuring Killer Pig & Home at Oxford Playhouse
Rambert2 returns to the Playhouse with fierce new moves from fierce new dancers. Formed each year from a global search for new contemporary dance talent, Rambert2’s dancers combine technical virtuosity with raw energy.
Oxford Playhouse. 12 & 13 October
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In a world of growing division and displacement prompted by conflict, climate crisis and injustice, this interactive dance workshop, led by choreographer Sivan Rubinstein, takes participants are taken on a journey about our planet in relation to our body and home.
Digital. 16 October from noon to 1.15pm
Talk About Dance
Join The Mill for a unique new course that will explore Seeta Patel’s Rite of Spring. You’ll learn about aspects of the making of the work and prepare your own questions about it and how audiences might experience it.
The Mill, Spiceball Park, Banbury. 20 October and 06 November from 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Digital Body: Ascent
How does a bird fly? How do humans communicate through dance? Choreographer Alexander Whitley‘s new digital dance film examines these themes and more, with scientists from Oxford Flight Lab and young people from Oxford’s Parasol Project.
Digital. 23 October from 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Little Big Dance – Club Origami
Little Big Dance is coming to Pegasus Theatre for the first time with Takeshi Matsumoto’s Club Origami: here to rip, fold, and scrumple! Scrunch the paper and see how your imagination begins to dance in this immersive and interactive show.
Pegasus Theatre. 23 October at 11.00am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm
FAM JAM is a disco, with a DJ on the decks, created for all young family models to enjoy. The music and games are specially selected for adults and their children with face painting and lots more to get involved in.
Rose Hill Community Centre. 23 October and 27 November from 10.30am to noon.
Ark-T Centre on Crowell Road. 23 October and 27 November from 1.30pm to 3.00pm
Renewable and Logue are two screen dances created through a digital dance residency – Dance Dialogue – a collaboration between Ballet id (Indonesia) and Marc Brew Company (Scotland).
Amal Meets Alice
Join Alice in Wonderland as she welcomes Amal, a 10-year-old refugee girl, to Oxford during her journey on foot over 8,000km from Syria to Manchester. Taking the form of giant puppets, Alice and Amal will meet, become friends, and share memories as they walk through the city, joined by dancers, performers and community groups.
Oxford City Centre, 26 October from 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Alexander Whitley Dance Company – Anti-Body
Anti-Body explores the biological form of the human body and the technological drive to transcend it – in motion responsive visuals created by Uncharted Limbo Collective.
Oxford Playhouse, 26 October from 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Club Origami Family Workshop with Takeshi Matsumoto
Rip, fold and scrumple! Club Origami dance workshop offers participants a fun and playful activity, exploring paper and dance. Let’s see what we can make and dance with a single square of paper.
Museum of Oxford, 27 October from 10.45am to 11.30am and 2.00pm to 3.00pm
Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell
Step inside The Midnight Bell, a tavern in the under-belly of 1930s London life, where one particular lonely-hearts club gathers to play out their lovelorn affairs of the heart; bitter comedies of longing, frustration, betrayal and redemption.
Oxford Playhouse, 28 to 30 October. Evenings at 7.30pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm
Seeta Patel – The Rite of Spring
Award-winning choreographer Seeta Patel reimagines this iconic ballet in the powerful classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam. Igor Stravinsky’s avant-garde score stunned Paris audiences when it debuted in 1913 and has been hugely influential ever since.
The Mill, Spiceball Park, Banbury, 12 November at 7.30pm
Dancin’ Oxford is the leading dance organisation in Oxfordshire, making a significant contribution to the vibrant cultural ecology in the county. This has been achieved with the strong support of Arts Council England, Oxford City Council, and its Arts Development Officer.
Dancin’ Oxford is a major development for dance both locally, regionally and nationally. It significantly raises the profile and visibility of dance in the city, further establishing Oxford as a recognised hub for vibrant dance activity.
It also provides opportunities for participants to actively engage in high-quality dance through an exciting programme of participatory activity and a performance programme.