Dancin’ Oxford & Pegasus Theatre are thrilled to announce that they have awarded their Moving With The Times commissions to the following extraordinary artists:

  • Divija Melally and Saili Katebe; and
  • Anjali Dance Company; and
  • Kavya Iyer Ramalingam.

 A Dancin’ Oxford’s/Pegasus Theatre’s Moving With The Times commission is one of the few commissionsawarded in the UK to early career artists to create new work.  Dancin’ Oxford has been awarding these commissions since 2015 and many of the Moving With The Times alumni have gone on to join the ranks of the UK’s leading dance artists including Richard Chappell Dance, Justice in Motion and Body Politic. Each year, the artists selected for the commissions create new works to be debuted at Dancin’ Oxford’s Spring Festival in March.

Claire Thompson, Director of Dancin’ Oxford said,

“The artists that we have selected to premiere new work at our Spring Festival in 2024, represent some of the most exciting early career artists in this country.  Their proposals – though all very different – were outstanding. We are thrilled to have commissioned these exciting artists to create such innovative new work especially for our community in Oxford.”


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.

Bethany Edwards – Anjali Dance Company


Bethany Edwards is a dance artist and choreographer with 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.

For further information, contact Claire Thompson, Arts Development Officer:


Featured Image: Divija Melally performing The Skeleton is White.

October 4, 2023