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James Wilton’s Leviathan | 3rd March | Pegasus. © Steve Tanner

Dancin’ Oxford 2017

It may be a cliché, but it is true to say that, Dancin' Oxford's annual spring festival offers something for everyone
Springs Dance Company’s The Magic Paintbrush | 11th March | The North Wall

"Other professional companies appearing include James Wilton performing Leviathan, and Oxford's Body Politic which celebrates its first full length show Reflections."

From the crème de la crème of international choreographers, to free outdoor experiences, a dance-a-thon, professional and amateur companies plus shows for children and workshops, Dancin' Oxford 2017 has programmed a festival of treats.


Now in its 11th year and funded by Oxford City Council and Arts Council England, Dancin' Oxford goes from strength to strength. Claire Thompson, Oxford City Council Dance Officer says, “We find that each new festival is rewarding in so many ways. Oxford's vibrant dance scene love it as do many people who have never experienced dance before. The free dance event in the city brings a variety of dance styles to the shoppers and has some real treats in store!

Body Politic's Reflections | 6th March | Pegasus. © Christian Villaflor


Dancin' Spaces (4th March), in and around the City Centre, is a variety of programmed dance performances and promenade pieces. Shoppers might find they are chosen to be 'protected' by dancing bodyguards, discover a dance about football fusing hip-hop with contemporary dance, watch and interact with a performance for children or see a duet in the Weston Library foyer. All this runs alongside a plethora of local dance companies which will entertain and delight shoppers.

Also the famed international choreographer Matthew Bourne (Swan Lake, The Car Man) brings a selection of his witty and entertaining work that established his career, Early Adventures, to Oxford Playhouse, 6th-8th March.

Moving with the Times (10th & 11th March) is the annual sell-out cornucopia of dance at Pegasus. This year the three companies selected, Justice in Motion, Unlock The Chains Collective and Richard Chappell offer a compelling mixture of dance styles to contemporary music, Finnish tango and performance poetry.

Other professional companies appearing include James Wilton performing a new work, Leviathan (3rd March, Pegasus), and Oxford's Body Politic which celebrates its first full length show Reflections (6th March, Pegasus). Families are not left out with The Party (25th February, the Mill Arts Centre), Baby Boogie (4th March, Pegasus), The Magic Paintbrush (11th March, The North Wall), and the Family Dance Workshop (12th March, West Oxford Community Centre).


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