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Metamorphoses - Tales of Transformation Reimagined Through Dance and Music

Friday, May 26, 2017 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Somerville College Chapel

You are invited to celebrate 2000 years since the publication of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, with an event that brings together music and dance inspired by the Greek myths.

The programme will feature readings, short talks from undergraduates, musical performances, and a Roman pantomime choreographed by Emily May, who is currently studying at Trinity Laban. Thanks to TORCH, Emily came to Oxford for a week in February to work with Sophie Bocksberger and complete the professional placement required by her course. Sophie co-leads a research project (Ancient Dance in Modern Dancers) on ancient Roman pantomime, which seeks to understand better the workings of this art form.

From Byrd to Britten, Greek mythology has inspired a wealth of musical compositions – madrigals, operas by Monteverdi and Handel, ballet scores by Stravinsky and many more to the present day. The programme includes Britten’s Metamorphoses for oboe, depicting six of Ovid’s mythical characters, performed by Benjamin Skipp.

The performance will be in Somerville Chapel from 5.30 to around 6.30 pm, which concludes with a reception and chance to chat with the performers and find out more about how classics is conveyed through the arts.

If you would like to join the event, please reply to - children are welcome. But you’re welcome to turn up on the night too. 

Contact name: 
Claire Cockcroft
Open to all