Dancing with Apollo

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Project Lead:

Fiona Macintosh | Faculty of Classics

Partner Organisations:



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This project brings together a group of artists and Oxford researchers to begin research and development on a larger programme of dance, music and words: ‘Dancing with Apollo'. Spitalfields Festival has commissioned a new score from composer Edmund Finnis and the week's residency will take place in Oxford from 4-9 July in the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building at St Hilda's College. The premiere will take place in London on Sunday 11 July 2021, 5.30pm at King's Place, London. 


The residency will develop the first dance piece based on Cupid and Psyche, which was at the heart of the early modern quarrel between the ancients and the moderns and has particular resonance today with the ♯Me Too movement. The focus will also be on the myth's concern with touch, breath and lack of (fore-)sight - themes that speak especially powerfully to the dictates of the current pandemic.


The residency involved celebrated choreographer, Kim Brandstrup and two professional dancers, Liam Riddick and Laurel Dalley-Smith, award-winning violinist, Sara Trickey and pianist, Ivana Gavric, with Marina Warner (All Souls) as dramaturg. Further academic engagement will come from Susan Jones (Director DANSOX), Fiona Macintosh (Director APGRD), and Stephen Harrison. A film of the workshop by distinguished film-maker Rocio Chacon is now available below and on the APGRD website.





Fiona Macintosh

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities.