Category Archives: Performances

Dance Springs: The Show

At DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse – Tuesday 1 March | 7.30pm

At The Weston Auditorium, University of Hertfordshire – Thursday 4 March | 7.30pm

Dance Springs is an annual dance platorm for mid-career and emerging dance artists in the east of England. This year the platform has expanded to become a five-day festival, commissioned and supported by the UHArts (University of Hertfordshire) and DanceEast with performances at both venues.

Folllowing a two-day Research and Development intensive in January, hosted by UHArts, where successful artists developed their work and networked with other selected aritsts, Dance Springs is a celebration performance of the culmination of this work. Find out more about each of the artists involved below…

To book at The Weston Auditorium please call 01707 281127 or click here to purchase online


To book at DanceEast please call 01473 295230 or click here to purchase online

Yolande Snaith & Katie Duck at Surrey


with Yolande Snaith & Katie Duck


Girls at Work

Wednesday 17 February


PATS Dance Studio

University of Surrey campus

Performance, Tickets, Directions:

An unusual flavour of humour is accompanied by a surprising energy and clarity of movement in this collaboration which evolves around chosen objects, text and movement.



Yolande Snaith Archive Exhibition

15-19 February


Ivy Arts Centre Foyer

University of Surrey

Admission free

Nora perform in Coventry Wednesday 3rd February 7pm

Nora invites Aggiss, Burrows, Fargion and Tanguy

Wednesday 3rd February at 7pm

The Ellen Terry Building, Coventry, CV1 5RW

Nora is the coming together of dancers Eleanor Sikorski and Flora Wellesley Wesley.

Nora invites 

Aggiss has conceived BLOODY NORA!, a story of competitiveness and hormonal imbalance in which shit tricks become cheap laughs, and a Bach is worse than its bite. Affectionately known as ‘the grand dame of anarchic dance’, Aggiss is a Brighton-based performer, choreographer and dance filmmaker, who has been presenting her work nationally and internationally since 1980.

Burrows and Fargion’s piece, entitled Eleanor And Flora Music, is a brand new translation of composer Morton Feldman’s For John Cage, the source of their iconic Both Sitting Duet (2002). This new piece reimagines the earlier work as a standing performance, building silent music from a gestural landscape of touch. “What [Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion] are brilliant at is turning the eccentricities of their shared creative world into irresistible theatre… It’s all wildly, unclassifiably bonkers” (The Guardian).

Tanguy has worked with Nora to develop Digging, a complex score of movement and text, creating a unique and intricate portrait of the two women and the political world they live in. Trained in clowning, burlesque, buffoonery and grotesque at the Samovar School in Paris, alongside choreography at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, Tanguy’s eclectic background also extends to street circus, judo and philosophy.

More information about each work can be found at here is a teaser for the performance


Age suitability 14+
Contains strong language
Full price £12 | Part time £9 | Student £6

C-DaRE events and collaborations January 2016

Figures – performance by Óscar Mascareñas and Nora Rodríguez

13 Jan 2016 5-6pm

Room 101, Ellen Terry building

Public event, just turn up

Figures is a new work for piano conceived, devised and directed by Irish-based, Mexican-born composer Óscar Mascareñas in collaboration with Mexican dance artist Nora Rodríguez. The work is the result of eight years of research in sound and movement that Mascareñas has been undertaking at the University of Limerick in Ireland. The aim of this project is to explore the transformation of somatic forces into sounds and the relationship between the piano and the body; the former not only seen and understood as a musical instrument, but also, and most importantly, as a space where the body moves, plays and interacts with its physicality and its sonic potential.

Óscar Mascareñas is the founding course director of the BA in Voice and Dance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, and currently a full-time researcher and lecturer in the same a Mexican composer, poet, performer and musicologist. Nora Rodríguez is a Mexican dance artist based in Limerick, Ireland. She is currently Dance Co-ordinator of the BA in Voice and Dance programme at the Irish World Academy in the University of Limerick. This event is co-organised with John Habron.


WhoLoDance Project (closed event)

18-19 January 2016

Rome, Italy

This is the kick–off meeting for all partners of the ‘Whole-Body Interaction Learning for Dance Education’ project.  By applying Multimodal Sensing and Capturing Analysis, WhoLoDance will make use of advanced motion capture technologies as well as of EMG, bio-sensors, video, audio and accelerometers, to transfer dance movements into digital data in such a way that makes it possible to blend any specific motion element with any other motion element within the motion capture database. This will allow WhoLoDance to deliver varied combinations of dance moves contained in a teaching syllabus and its Multimodal Rendering, based on the use of Life-size Holograms or other volumetric projection display methods, as well as on touch feedback, spatial audio, and abstract visualization that focuses on the peripheral vision and the “sense of self” for the dancer. The project is funded by H2020-ICT-2015-single-stage (Topic: Technologies for better human learning and teaching, ICT-20-2015) Research and Innovation Action a. Collaborators include Lynkeus SRL- Co-ordinator (Italy), Athena RC (Greece), Motek Entertainment (Netherlands), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Università di Genova (Italy), Peachnote GmbH (Germany), INSTITUTO STOCOS (Spain), K. DANSE (France), Lyceum Club of Greek Women (Greece) and Coventry University (UK).


Cecilia Macfarlane

27 January 2016 4-5pm

ICE building

Public event, just turn up

In this presentation, Cecilia Macfarlane will discuss her most recent projects, and the ways in which she marries her practice as an artist with the communities that she works with. Macfarlane is an independent artist based in Oxford, with a national and international reputation for her work in the community. She trained as a teacher at the Royal Academy of Dance and as a dancer at the London School of Contemporary Dance. She is the founding director of Oxford Youth Dance, DugOut Adult Community Dance and Crossover Intergenerational Dance Company and co-founding director of Oxford Youth Dance Company.  She was a Senior Lecturer in Arts in the Community at Coventry University for nine years. Her work is based on her passionate belief that dance is for everyone; she celebrates the uniqueness and individuality of each dancer.  As a performer, Cecilia is continually curious about expression, how movement can communicate so powerfully to others without the need for words. Her work is very influenced by her studies with Joan Skinner, Helen Poynor, Deborah Hay and most recently Anna Halprin.


Motion Bank International Workgroup Meeting (closed event)

29-31 January 2016

Frankfurt, Germany

UK Locations

ICE building, Parkside, CV1 2NE

Ellen Terry building, Jordan Well, CV1 5RW

performance architectures/wearable performance event, April 2016

*call for participation*

“Performance Architectures, Wearables & Gestures of Participation”

Artaud Forum 5
Brunel University London
Antonin Artaud Performance Centre

Thursday, 7 April: Symposium 16:oo – 2o:oo
International  Laboratory
Friday and Saturday, April 8- 9, 2016
Call for submissions and enrolment in artistic–research workshop & symposium, followed by performances, exhibitions and screenings, and training classes in immersion performance

Please send abstracts (300 words plus bio) or proposals for installations, provocations, film, or performance, by 25 January 2016, to
Johannes Birringer

The context for this international workshop, the fifth Artaud Forum held at Brunel Unversity, is the collaborative European project “Metabody” which works to redefine bodies in media, performance and design. Over the past few years, ‘Metabody’ has developed new architectures and immersive environments which behave like living organisms that have an auditory, visual, and tactile sensory quality, with subtly changing states and affordances, they can be worn and breathed, felt and imagined, transported and taken off.

We invite participants to join us and work with these concepts of integrative tactile experience, kinetic atmospheres, multiperspectival space, and unconscious perception.
‘Metabody’ counteracts dominant technologies and their prevalent tendency to negate differences by reducing bodies and movements to prescribed forms in current surveillance culture. ‘Metabody’ emphasizes openness, and indeterminacy of embodied expressions as a key factor for a sustainable society. This project also foregrounds the need for a new politics. The workshop & performance laboratory probes troubling interpretations of the increasing unrestrainment of capital, and capitalism’s impact on all social-economic, cultural, creative, and educational sectors in a shared developed world now expanded by massive migration and refugee movement. The sustainability of democracy is an urgent theme for all those in the performing arts/creative fields becoming intensely aware of the multiplication of realities (virtualization; networked infrastructures, diasporas) and the tightening of our bodies into technological environments. This is a call for peripheral perception in existential experience.
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Our theatre and studio spaces will be available for physical and conceptual workshop encounters over a period of three days (Thursday through Saturday, April 79), including public performances, exhibitions, screenings, and urban situations.
There will be an enrollment fee necessary to cover costs for technical arrangements but they will include some of the catering. The fee for the three-day public event is £ 75  (£ 60 concession) for the whole, or £ 30 (£ 20 concession) per day.
Accommodations can be booked at Brunel’s Lancaster Suites Hotel / Brunel University London, Uxbridge UB8 3PH. Tel. +44 (0) 1895 268006 / email:

Curated by Johannes Birringer
Venue: Artaud Performance Centre
Brunel University London, Cleveland Rd UB78 3PH

Noé Soulier at Surrey next week


6:30 pm

Thursday 12th November 

PATS Dance Studio

University of Surrey

Noé Soulier

French choreographer, dancer and philosopher presents

Movement on Movement

Noé develops a discourse on dance as an action on oneself and as an action aimed at the realization of the action itself. The movements and the discourse create a counterpoint, sometimes almost at unison, sometimes more dissonant, on the relationships between intention, action and meaning.

Noé’s exciting work explores the way we perceive and interpret gestures through diverse projects: choreographies, installations, theoretical essays and performances. His work links the philosophical to the artist, exploring the relationship between movement and thought.

Ticket and further information:


*Special Offer*

This performance is eligible for the buy one get one free offer. To claim your free ticket this has to be done through the Ivy Arts Box Office, with the code – Surrey Dance.

Data Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender @ Watermans

Data Bodies: Digital Performance Weekender @ Watermans

Annual Digital Performance Weekender at Watermans, to take place on 14 & 15 November. This year some of the events are supported by London South Bank University and are part of Being Human festival of the Humanities.
This year’s Weekender explores Big Data through an artistic lens. What does Big Data mean for our society? Is our data safe? How will it impact future generations?
The 2-day event includes performances, installations and participatory events. There is something for everyone from new media natives to young children or digital refusniks.  Event highlights include a solo adaptation of Alexander Whitley’s visually striking and kinetically charged choreography The Measures Taken, which saw sell out runs at Sadlers Wells and the Royal Opera House, a chance to go on a virtual reality adventure with CREW’s C.a.p.e. and Anna Dumitriu’s new work Sequence that fuses leading edge digital technology with bacterial bioart.
The event also features a Symposium and two workshops on the subject of Data Bodies. The Symposium brings together artists such as Sarah T. Gold, Anna Dumitru and Blast Theory, Athens/Berlin-based curator Daphne Dragona, digital collective Furtherfield, and scholars from the Universities of Hull, Brighton, King’s College and London South Bank University. The workshops invite young people and adults to learn practical tips on how to safeguard their data. Many of the event are free but, for some, advance booking is required.
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TIN Pieces (Inside Out Festival) and ‘What’s in a Name?: Improvisation Symposium

“TIN Pieces”
An improvised performance event
Ravensfield Theatre
Middlesex University

Friday 23rd October
Part of The Cultural Capital Exchange Inside Out Festival and ‘What’s in a Name?’Improvisation Symposium (Oct 23rd & 24th, Middlesex University) 

You can book for the full symposium or to attend only Tin Pieces.

If you would like to book for one day only of the symposium please email:

More about ‘TIN Pieces’

‘TIN Pieces’ is a playful evening of improvised performance by members of the TransDisciplinary Improvisation Network (TIN) based at Middlesex University and their guests.

Exploring processes of instant composition, within and across dance, music and theatre the event promises to be a lively celebration of all things spontaneous. The evening is shaped through a chain like structure in which ‘scored’ improvisation pieces are linked by open ‘riffing’ spaces alongside interactions with the audience, who will have opportunities to shape the emerging improvisations.

Including world class performers in Music (Ben Dwyer, Garth Knox, Jonathan Impett and Simon Limbrick), Dance (Susanne MartinJovair Longo, Helen Kindred)  and Performance (anthologyofames collective), TIN pieces emerge from shared interests in improvisatory processes and play, feedback loops, fear and vulnerability, touch and embodied knowing.

TIN Pieces is FREE and suitable for a wide audience. 

Ravensfield Theatre
Middlesex University London
The Burroughs,
NW4 4BT – Map

Decoda: Life Forces workshop and performance with Jane Mason & Phil Smith

Performance: Friday 16th October 2015, 7pm Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University

Workshop: Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th October 2015, approx. 10am-5pm Ellen Terry Building, Coventry University

Over the past decade or so, in her solo and collaborative work in live performance and film, Jane Mason has explored ways in which the movements of bodies and objects can create ‘image worlds’ of great affective resonance and tenderness.

These dynamic architectures of memory, loss, and longing combine dance, text, song and music in patterns of images that slowly align and unfold to suggest passage ways through felt times and spaces of a rhythmed intimacy and intensity. Usually triggered by some aspect of her own lived experience, these ‘worlds’ invite a quiet attention to detail, and an active slowing down into present process.

Over the years, many of Jane’s images have lingered with me and etched themselves into my imagination – for in their exquisite precision and mystery, paradoxically they seem to invite and activate something of the life forces within our own memories and associational fields.

With its initial trigger in some boxes of photographic slides taken by her father some years ago, LIFE FORCES develops this work of mining, uncovering, transposing and inviting, and opens up new landscapes of be/longing. Developed in close collaboration with film maker Magali Charrier, writer-performer Phil Smith, visual artist Sophia Clist and dramaturg David Williams, Life Forces offers a meditation on memory’s place in the face of uncertain futures, on place and home and their resilient fragilities, on the utopian impulse to ‘build’ together and to let (it) go, on the arcing electricity of connection and the drift of dispersal, and on transformation and change as the core ground of being, the ‘life force’ that links everything and everyone.


JANE MASON Choreographer/ Writer  –

Jane works as an independent choreographer and performer (Singer, Come on Sun, Desert) and for film (ANDOUT, Hard Told). She danced for Random Dance (1994-97) before freelancing for choreographers including; Charles Linehan, Wendy Houstoun, Emilyn Claid, Colin Poole, balletLorent and Deborah Hay. She choreographs in various collaborative contexts, including with Lone Twin, and with directors for theatre productions: Mr Kolpert (Royal Court), Song of Songs (Weeding Cane), Breathing Irregular (The Gate), SUSAN and DARREN, Old People, Children and Animals and Entitled for Quarantine, and most recently for Adrian Howells’ LIFE GUARD. Recent projects include: Blind Ditch’s This City’s Centre, collaborations with filmmaker Rachel Davies and writer Natalie McGrath on We’ll Meet in Moscow. She received Dance4’s 2014 Commission Collective commission to create ‘A Dance at Home’.

PHIL SMITH Performer/ Writer  –

Phil Smith is a performance-maker, writer and researcher. He specialises in creating performances related to walking, site-specificity, mythogeographies and counter-tourism. He is a core member of site-based arts collective Wrights & Sites. He is company dramaturg for TNT (Munich), the world’s leading English language theatre touring to non-anglophone countries. His most recent work includes a performance for a visually impaired audience with Siriol Joyner, Blind Ditch’s This City’s Centre and the keynote presentation for the Resonant Terrains conference at HMP The Verne. His books include On Walking (2014),Enchanted Things (2014), Counter-Tourism: The Handbook   (2012) and Mythogeography (2010) (all Triarchy Press). He is Associate Professor (Reader) at Plymouth University.

Prices and Booking

Performance of Life Forces
£12 Full time employed or covered by organisation or institution
£9 Freelance or Part time employed
£6 In full time education or unemployed

Email to book tickets. Buy one get one half price when you book for this and for The Sand Dog Cometh performance at the same time

Life Forces Workshop with Jane Mason & Phil Smith:

Workshop fee:
£90 Full price (ft employed/workshop paid by organisation or institution)
£75 Independent Artist (pt employed and or freelance artist)
£60 Concession (in full time education and/ or unemployed)

Bookings: To book your place please download the Booking form and send it to

Booking for workshops closes on 30th of September and payment is due by 1 week before the workshops.

Discount available if booking for multiple Moved Series workshops!

Buy a Decoda 12 month membership and receive 50% off your first workshop booking, plus a further 20% off all your workshop bookings for the next 12 months!

No Woman’s Land – Follow Zoo Indigo from 16th August – 3rd September

In 1945, at the end of World War Two, a woman, expelled from her home, walked 220 miles through the fractured landscape of Europe, with her two young children, and all her belongings dragged in a cart.
In the summer of 2015 Ildikó and Rosie (Zoo Indigo) will retrace those footsteps, with their flatpack children, and filmmaker Tom Walsh.
Follow their journey from 16th August to 3rd September 2015.
Twitter: @zooindigo
facebook: zooindigo
Funded by Arts Council England