SPRING DANCE FESTIVAL: Moving With The Times
March 8, 2024 to March 9, 2024
Dancin’ Oxford & Pegasus Theatre present a showcase of original works, especially commissioned for Dancin’ Oxford’s Spring Dance Festival. At the end of 2023, Dancin’ Oxford and Pegasus Theatre awarded commissions to create new dance works to the following three extraordinary artists/companies:
- Divija Melally and Saili Katebe; and
- Anjali Dance Company; and
- Kavya Iyer Ramalingam.
These commissions are called the Moving With The Times commissions – and these shows on 8 and 9 March will feature artists’ completed works. The Moving With The Times commissions are awarded to the most talented and promising early career artists in the UK and many of our commission winners have gone on to become the UK’s leading dance artists. Our shows on 8 and 9 March is a rare opportunity to see the premiere of original works by some of the UK’s most promising dance talent.
This event is part of our Spring Dance Festival.
MORE INFORMATION ON THE COMMISSIONED ARTISTS / COMPANIES
Divija Melally – Dancer and Choreographer
Divija Melally is a trained contemporary and Bharatnatyam dancer. She graduated from Bath Spa University, UK, with BA (Hons) Dance. She also completed a diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media focussing on ballet and martial arts at the Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore, India. Divija was awarded the Moving With The Times commission in 2023 and premiered her work “The Skeleton is White” at Pegasus Theatre (Oxford) in March 2023. The work has since been performed at Resolutions Festival at The Place (London) and Theatre Deli (London). Since being awarded the Moving With The Times commission in 2023, Divija has worked as a performer and choreographer with some of the UK’s leading dance companies across the UK, and Europe.
Saili Katebe – Poet and Performer
Saili Katebe, born in Zambia and now residing in the South West of England, is a talented poet and performer. His debut poetry pamphlet, “Katabasis,” published by Frosted Fire Press, showcases his evocative writing. Saili’s words have been featured on BBC Arts and BBC Radio Bristol. As an actor, Saili has contributed to various productions including in Autobahn (Neil LaBute), Nothing by Lulu Raczka, Iphigenia by Jane Lumley, and Howl by Russel Ecclestone. Saili is also a resident poet at Afrika Eye and the Wiltshire BME network. Saili has performed at Sofar Sounds, Raise the Bar events, and many various festivals across the country.
Anjali Dance Company
Anjali Dance Company is dedicated to showcasing the creative potential of individuals with learning disabilities. Established in 1995, the company collaborates with world-class choreographers to produce original, high-quality works. Bethany and her fellow dancers have graced prestigious venues across the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall, Sadler’s Wells, and the Royal Opera House in London, as well as international stages. Anjali Dance Company’s approach values its dancers as artists with learning disabilities, challenging stereotypes and promoting inclusivity through exceptional performances.
Kavya Iyer Ramalingam – Dancer and Choreographer
Originally from Kolkata, India, and now based in Oxford, Kavya draws on a broad range of study and inspiration for her work. Having trained in India in the Bharatanatyam form of classical dance, she has supplemented her initial training with training in the Kuchipudi, Natyashastra, Bollywood and Bhangra forms of dance. Kavya combines traditional disciplines with contemporary dance to explore themes such as migration, gender, inequality, and cultural identity.