Rawaa | University of Oxford

Rawaa

Series
DANSOX
Speaker
Marina Warner, Kim Brandstrup, Joanna MacGregor
Event date
12 Nov 2017 to 14 Nov 2017
Event time
9:00 - 20:00
Venue
Jacqueline du Pré Music Building
St Hilda's College
Cowley Place
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX4 1DY
Event type
Gallery tours / talks
Event cost
Free
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Required

Workshops running 12 - 14 November (available to view from the Gallery at any time), Talk by Marina Warner at 5.30pm on Tuesday 14 November

Watch the process of creating a new ballet in an interdisciplinary workshop with writer, Marina Warner, choreographer Kim Brandstrup, pianist and composer, Joanna MacGregor, and professional dancers. Rawaa comes from Arabic – the root for words meaning ‘to water’ and ‘ to relate’ and provides the dominant metaphorical motif of the ballet’s mood and movement. Affinities emerge between poetic metre, musical pulse, and water management (water wheels, aqueducts) in Arab culture. The ballet will offer a counterpoise to the orientalism of Scheherazade, exploring the inner lives and drives of legendary women performers from the Middle East who have attained mythic status.