What is Sheep Street Dance?
Sheep Street Dance is our first event in the Bicester Arts Festival programme. The event will take place on 27th October, from 11am-3pm on Sheep Street.
The headline performance will be by world-renowned Motionhouse Dance, who will be performing their breath-taking and highly energetic piece Captive . A performance, inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther, is an exciting blend of dance, acrobatics and aerial work inside a large cage. Disorientated and shaken, the performers use their skill and instinct to survive in this emotionally charged and athletic piece.
Captive is created with support from Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome, Without Walls, Swindon Dance, and Bristol City Council. Motionhouse is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
A curtain raiser Almost Hear You Whisper will be performed by Young Anjali, a dance group based in Banbury open to people with learning disabilities who want to learn to dance and perform alongside their friends, aged between 12 and 24. Almost Hear You Whisper is a beautifully moving dance piece that has recently been performed at the WOW Festival, Royal Festival Hall, and has was selected for U.Dance National Festival in August.
Implexa Dance Company is a company of young dancers based in Banbury. The company strives for innovation, originality and aims to challenge the concepts of contemporary dance. They are committed to breaking the barriers of contemporary dance, as well as connecting the younger generations with the professional world of performing arts. Based in Banbury, they perform to audiences across Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Hampshire.
As a part of the Sheep Street Dance, talent development workshops for young people will take place over the month of October. These will include workshops for young people facing various disabilities in Bardwell School led by young dancers from Anjali Dance Company. MÓTUS Dance, based in Milton Keynes, will provide a 3-day dance residency for young dancers (aged 11+) in Bicester. This is an open access residency to dancers of all levels and styles. If you would like to apply for a place on the programme, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
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Join us on the 27th October (11am-3pm) on Sheep Street to be a part of this exciting event!
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