Avid for Ovid

Curated by veteran dance and theatre critic Donald Hutera the vibrant GOlive Dance and Performance Festival began in London two years ago and is now moving out for the first time, with performances coming up in Oxford at the Burton Taylor Studio Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th July and in Winchester at the Chesil Theatre on 24th July.  Having performed previously for GOlive in London this year and in 2013, I am delighted to be part of the eclectic mixed bill at the Burton Taylor with colleagues Ségolène Tarte and Marie-Louise Crawley, showing pieces from the Avid for Ovid repertoire on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th.  Other Oxford based artists include Crossover Intergenerational Dance with Cecilia Macfarlane, Marina Collard, hip-hop crew Beat Street and Anuradha Chaturvedi of Drishti Dance.  Exciting visitors showing their work in Oxford for the first time are Hanna Wroblewski, Sarah Kent, Mara Vivas, Shane Shambhu, Ffin Dance and Susan Kempster.  Not to be missed!  Get your bookings in soon, the Burton Taylor is an intimate venue…

You can find out more about GOlive Oxford and book tickets here

and on Oxford Dance Writers here

and for GOlive in Winchester here

And check out Avid for Ovid’s developing work here

See you at the BT…


Following last Sunday’s performance for CARU, the Avid for Ovid team will all be performing this Friday afternoon 3rd October as part of the Festival of Ancient Tales being masterminded and hosted by East Oxford Community Classics Centre run by the Iris Project at Cheney School in Headington.  Lots to enjoy at this lively event: stalls, activities, dance, drama, music, an exhibition and talks by famous authors; full details here.  Avid for Ovid will be in action at 3.45pm and 4.45pm in room L2 – only 15 minutes, so don’t be late!  Follow this event on our Facebook event page here.

Avid for Ovid has not been idle since Metamorphoses, our showing of work in progress at Corpus Christi College on 28th August; read Ségolène Tarte’s blog post about it here, where you can also find our programme and evocative images by Bruno Guastalla.  Since then, Ségolène and Malcolm have shown two pieces at the Contemporary Arts Research Unit‘s (CARU) 1st birthday event Where’s the Art? at Modern Art Oxford on Sunday 28th September.  You can see some of Pier Corona’s fabulous pictures of Ségolène in full transformation and Malcolm at the keyboard on the new Avid for Ovid Facebook page here, but here are a couple to give a flavour of the occasion…

Ségolène Tarte as Lycaon, CARU 28th September 2014; photo by Pier Corona

Ségolène Tarte as Lycaon, CARU 28th September 2014; photo by Pier Corona

Ségolène Tarte as Icarus, CARU 28th September 2014, photo by Pier Corona

Ségolène Tarte as Icarus, CARU 28th September 2014, photo by Pier Corona

Malcolm Atkins at CARU 28th September 2014 photo by Pier Corona

Malcolm Atkins at CARU 28th September 2014 photo by Pier Corona

Following further rehearsals this month by the Avid for Ovid group, an evening of dance and music performance based on interpretations of Ovid’s Metamorphoses will be shown at the Al Jaber Auditorium at Corpus Christi College on 28th August.  This is the latest event in the collaboration between academics and artists of Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers (ADMD) and Avid for Ovid (A4O) exploring the nature of ancient Roman pantomime.

Breughel's Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Breughel’s Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

Metamorphoses – dance interpretations of the poetry of Ovid is a showing of work-in-progress; it will involve audience participation in that we will be asking for your feedback.  We are eager to find out what audiences see in the pieces and how we might improve the communicability of the dance form we’re (re)creating.  Your comments will be precious to both the artists and the academics involved.

Dance:  Ségolène Tarte, Susie Crow

Music:  Malcolm Atkins

Performance:  Thursday 28th August 2014, 6.30pm

Venue:  Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF

This event is free and followed by refreshments, but please email Helen Slaney to reserve a place.

For further information about the project, check out the Avid for Ovid page via the link above.

You can read Segolene’s blogpost about our recent work here

There is also now a public facebook page (not requiring a login) where the latest information can be viewed here


At our recent workshop we explored and developed dances based on Ovid’s account of the funeral of Memnon, the warrior son of Aurora, Goddess of the Dawn, who is killed in battle by Achilles.  Malcolm and I showed a version of this to illustrate Helen Slaney’s paper on Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers at the 14th Annual Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Dance held at the Ioannou Centre the following day Tuesday 1st July.  We have continued working on this piece, and will be perfoming it on Saturday 19th July as part of the Iffley Music Society Summer Community Concert.  Held at the beautiful and atmospheric St Mary’s Church in Iffley Village, this popular annual concert with time for an interval picnic in the churchyard is the final event of this year’s season by Iffley Music Society; it features locally based performers and this year includes dance with live musical accompaniment. Read More