Women GOlive

Weds 13 - Sat 16 July, 7.30pm
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Times critic Donald Hutera cherrypicks four enticingly varied evenings of multi-generational talent from the UK and abroad. Mainly but not exclusively the work of a group of fascinating and independent female artists, Women GOlive will be suprising and engaging – and men are welcome too!

Founded in London in 2013, GOlive is an international dance-based performance platform for short works in intimate spaces. Refreshingly unconventional and always eclectic. Expect the unexpected and remember, if ya gotta go then GOlive!

Wednesday 13 July – a night of solos sharp and sweet

Ana Barbour: Rope rock r

The pull of a length of rope. Silky white tresses. The weight of rock.  Where do they lead?

Delighted with the qualities of a piece of rope which arrived in her possession this piece arises from recent investigations in to material things and thoughts about how things are never quite as neutral as they seem.

About: Ana Barbour is an Oxford-based dance artist interested in the body and its relation to space, object and audience.

Jane Connelly / Smidgen Dance Company: Impasse

Impasse is about being stuck in a situation, or a moment, or a something so that you’re stuck but also being transformed….

About: Jane Connelly is an Oxford-based independent dance artist.

Richard Chappell: Burnt Norton

Burnt Norton journeys through TS Eliot’s poem using naïve exploration and ‘getting lost with oneself’ as points of departure, Inhabiting a derelict setting similar to the source poem, the movement can be both sensitive and aggressive but is meant to draw an audience in…

About: After training at Tring Park School and Rambert School, Richard Chappell formed his eponymous company in 2014. Since then it  has had two UK tours. Richard has created three dance films, including with Stuttgart Ballet soloist Robert Robinson, and this year his work ‘Haven’ was part of Stuttgart Ballet’s evening Noverre Gesellschaft.

Jemima Foxtrot

Performance selections still to be determined: they will be distributed throughout the evening.

About: Jemima Foxtrot is a performance poet and singer who blends powerful, sonic poetry about modern life with snippets of favourite songs by herself and others.

Susan Kempster: Eye 

Movement and memory in the blink of an eye… Eye is the beginnings of a new solo, a piece of micro-dance and (possibly) spoken word and a visualisation of the passing and happening of internal events. The thought of a lifetime in time-lapse…

About: Susan Kempster is a 55-year-old performer and dance artist whose began training in Australia in 1981 at age 21. Dance took her to Japan, the USA, Spain (where she lived for 20 years) and now to the UK. In Spain she won two first prizes in major choreographic competitions. She’s interested in exploring new ways of working and new ideas.

Lorna V: Aliki Speaks

Tango star, dance diva and celebrity movement guru Aliki Mbakoyianni will deliver four lectures on the significance of dance in our culture. But it’s her first time on stage not dancing, and thus ignites a myriad of emotions. Aliki’s masterclasses turn mischievous as she reflects on her life and invites the audience to celebrate their own.  Tonight’s topic: Historical Global Trends in Dance.

About: Writer-performer Lorna V is an amateur dancer who thankfully got past going right when everyone else went left. She’s struggled to learn tango on and off since 2000, persevering through lack of confidence and knockbacks including her anterior cruciate ligament snapping (whilst running for the bus to get to a tango class). She’s written for national newspapers and popular magazines, and is the writer behind Psychologies magazine’s Real Confidence published by Capstone-Wiley.  Her first play was shortlisted for the Verity Bargate Award and she’s been part of the Soho Theatre Writers Attachment Programme. Her outrageously vivacious alter ego Aliki Mbakoyianni first appeared in GOlive 2014.

Cecilia Macfarlane and Jacqueline Johnson: Dialogue

Dialogue is an improvised conversation between cellist Jacqueline Johnson and dancer Cecilia Macfarlane in which no words are spoken. Watch how this ‘dialogue’ between music and movement develops over four nights. Each audience member will have their own silent conversation with the artists too…

About: Cecilia Macfarlane in an independent, Oxford-based dance artist with a national and international reputation for her work in the community. Jacqueline Johnson combines chamber music and solo performances with orchestral work and teaching. They have worked together in many different settings including last year’s GOlive at Oxford Playhouse’s Burton Taylor Studio.

Thursday 14 July – more solos, both dark and fun

Ana Barbour: Sill

Inspired by the sight and sound of a butterfly at a window. Colours, sounds and an awkward journey in flickering light.

This short piece was originally developed for inclusion within Cafe Reason’s Doll House production earlier this year.

Lorna V: Aliki Speaks

See above. Tonight’s topic: International Contemporary Developments in Dance.

Arunima Kumar and Linda Shanovitch: Sati

Subtitled Shadows of My Rage, Sati is an excerpt from a full-length of solo South Asian dance (kuchipudi) work entitled Sthree, which received an UTKARSH commission from Akademi and Arts Council England. This work-in-progress version is a collaboration with the singer Linda Shanovitch.

In the excerpt Kumar presents Sati as a fiery princess, first wife of Shiva and daughter of Daksha. She loves Shiva passionately, describing him as the lord of the universe, but her father ridicules her by inviting everyone to a spectacular holy ritual except her mendicant husband. Enraged, she dances with abandonment and desecrates the event by immolating herself.

Sati became a horrific practice in India where widows of Hindus were burnt on the funeral pyres of their husbands to be elevated to Sati Mata. Although the practice was abolished in 1829, the last case was reported in 1987.

What is a woman’s identity – virtuous and self-sacrificing, forever dutiful and eternally chaste? Are we to be glorified, victimised, unfulfilled? And are these tales of the Devi (Sanskrit for ‘goddesses’) just stories? Sthree lives on in the daily battles women fight for what matters to them, whether it’s themselves, their families or freedom.

About: Arunima Kumar is an award-winning and versatile kuchipudi performer, choreographer and teacher based in the UK and known for innovative and impactful ‘neo-kuchipudi’ productions that foster debate on gender issues and evoke social responsibility. As a self-styled ‘artivist’ (artist and activist) she is the founder of the charity ARTH Foundation and PROJECT KANYA for the development of underprivileged women. Linda Shanovitch is a singer/songwriter, dancer (trained in bharata natyam and kathak) and writer (including the book Journey With The Gods) who composes and sings in various musical styles, including Indian vocals. Described by the Evening Standard as ‘Bjork on helium,’ her musical work is available on the ARC and ZAH ZAH labels.

Susie Crow / Avid For Ovid: Pan and Syrinx

Pan pursues the huntress nymph Syrinx. Upon reaching  the river she turns into a reed to escape him, which he cuts to make pan pipes. Part of the A4O (Avid for Ovid) series. With music by Malcolm Atkins.

About: Susie Crow danced with the Royal and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet. Now based in Oxford, as Ballet in Small Spaces she choreographs, performs, devises projects and teaches students, professionals and teachers.  She and Malcolm Atkins are members of A40 (Avid for Ovid), a group which draws from the traditions of Ancient Roman pantomime to tell myths and stories through dance and music.

Salah El Brogy: Letting Go

Direct from its premiere at Rose Theatre, Kingston comes this brand-new solo commissioned by Ignition Dance Festival. Letting Go is a tender and tellingly precise consideration of the emotional disorder that arises from losing a loved one. Salah El Brogy handles potentially heavy subject matter – grief, but also memory, and how time can heal – with uncommon honesty, care and grace.

About: Hailing from Egypt, the dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher Salah El Brogy is a graduate of Cairo Opera House Contemporary Dance Theatre School where he trained in dance, acting, singing, theatre and music. His dance background embraces ballet, hip hop, folklore, Latin, jazz, contemporary and capoeira. He began choreographing in 2007. From 2010-2012 he was lead dancer in Akram Khan Company‘s Vertical Road, afterwards forming his own company. He also teaches workshops called Extemporaneous – a dance vocabulary developed from improvisation initially meant to help him overcome the challenge of remembering choreography due to being borderline dyslexic. His work also draws inspiration from his Egyptian, African and Middle Eastern heritage and an eclectic mix of other disciplines including martial arts, yoga and whirling Dervish.

Hanna Wroblewski: Darling, I don’t sell dreams…

With a heart full of hopes and pockets full of promises we find a modern day siren inviting us into her world of glamour and intrigue.

About: German-born artist Hanna Wroblewski is a London-based performer and solo dance practitioner. Her work is physically and emotionally challenging, with the aim of creating a world where magical realism is accessible for the audience. Her previous solo, My Heart became this Monster, was featured in several editions of GOlive.

Cecilia Macfarlane and Jacqueline Johnson: Dialogue

See above.

Friday 15 July – solos, group work & an installation performance: part 1

Susie Crow / Avid For Ovid: Pan and Syrinx

See above.

Lorna V: Aliki Speaks

See above. Tonight’s topic: The Fusion of Multi-disciplinary Techniques in Performance Art.

Anuradha Chaturvedi Seth / Drishti Dance: Antaraal

Antaraal is an exquisite new contemporary Kathak work that brings together movement, music and poetry. It explores the delicate verses penned by contemporary diaspora poet Mohan Rana to the music composition of Oxford based Malcolm Atkins and India based Gulshan Bharati. It is the journey of movement through time as experienced through the spaces in between.

About: Anuradha Chaturvedi is a kathak dancer, choreographer and instructor in Reading. She works with dancers and musicians in and around the south and southwestern regions in collaborative and cross-genre projects that incorporate improvisation, contemporary music and visual media. She founded Drishti Dance in 2008 with the aim of developing and producing high-quality dance performance and to train children, youths and adults in the kathak style.

Sarah Kent aka Dysfunctional Dance: Unexpected Item in Bagging Area

In Unexpected Item… Sarah Kent’s flow will be interrupted by Donald Hutera introducing ‘unexpected items’ to which she’ll respond – a bit like going on holiday with a blind date. Expect the unexpected and enjoy the ride!

About: Sarah Kent makes things up as she goes along. What emerges is often funny, sometimes daft and always amazing.

Sue Lewis / Ffin Dance:  Duetti / Memoir / True

One or two selections from the following:

Duetti is a series of lyrical duets for four dancers set to some of the most haunting songs from Björk’s recording Medúlla. True is a delightful quartet tale cued to medieval music. Choreographed and performed by Catrin Lewis and Julian Lewis, Memoir is a new autobiographical duet that draws much of is content from ideas of memory and the sea.

About: Ffin Dance was founded by artistic director Sue Lewis in 2003 as a result of a growing demand for high quality dance in Wales. ten is the umbrella title of the company’s new touring triple bill, marking a decade of creativity.

Mara Vivas (with My Johansson): Remember to remember

Presented in the intimacy of the Old Fire Station’s studio, Remember to remember is a gently interactive dance-performance installation featuring small objects, paper and low-key sound – all in keeping with Mara Vivas’ trademark delicacy and attention to detail.

Unearthing memories from within, exploring the physical manifestation of once-lived experiences and falling into a gently raw and open state, Remember to remember is an invitation to enter a world driven by the felt sense.

About: Mara Vivas is a Venezuelan choreographer based in London, UK. Her creative practice revolves around an attentive, self-attuned body engaged with its surroundings. Her dances are meticulously crafted, creating a sensitive and immersive atmosphere. My Johansson is a dance artist and actor, original from Sweden, who enjoys performing and creating both in other artists’ works and her own.

Cecilia Macfarlane and Jacqueline Johnson: Dialogue

See above.

Saturday 16 July – solos, group work & an installation performance: part 2

Sarah Kent aka Dysfunctional Dance: Out To Lunch

Sarah Kent is not just a breath of fresh air but a force of nature. In her improvisations she dredges up sparkling gems of transgressive wisdom for our delectation. Expect to laugh, gawp with disbelief and squirm with delight as her strange stories unfold.

Sue Lewis / Ffin Dance:  Duetti / Memoir / True

See above.

Lorna V: Aliki Speaks

See above. Tonight’s topic: Gender Dynamics in Dance.

Mara Vivas (with My Johansson): Remember to remember

See above.

Anja Meinhardt and Roosa Leimu-Brown / in.motion dance: Plasma

Plasma is a collaboration between choreographers Roosa Leimu-Brown and Anja Meinhardt. Their individual styles of movement and backgrounds have resulted in a dance that is highly dynamic, lyrical and athletic, with influences from capoeira, yoga, release technique, gaga, flying low and passing through.

Plasma is an all-female quintet investigating how individuality is constrained and shaped by shared social conventions. In the frantic post-modern world, social pressures persuade us to identify with external norms rather than trust who we really are.

About: Born in Germany, Anja Meinhardt started training in musical theatre in Vienna but later found her true calling in physical theatre and contemporary dance. Based in Oxford since 2009, she formed her company Justice in Motion as a means of combining her interest in social justice with her passion for the arts.

Roosa Leimu-Brown is a Finnish dancer and choreographer who joined Justice in Motion as a teacher and co-creator of Plasma. After dancing with Swedish Royal Ballet she became a professional research biologist.

in.motion dance emerged as part of Oxford-based physical theatre company Justice in Motion and is comprised of both professional and semi-professional dancers who train together regularly.

Cecilia Macfarlane and Jacqueline Johnson: Dialogue

See above.


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