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Cupid and Psyche – Dancing with Apollo Residency. JDP, Oxford July 2021





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Supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.
Residency and production of the film supported by DANSOX and APGRD.

‘Dancing with Apollo’ brought together a group of artists and Oxford researchers to begin research and development on a larger programme of dance, music and words. The residency took place in July 2021 to 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 ♯MeToo movement. The residency welcomed celebrated choreographer, Kim Brandstrup, two professional dancers, Liam Riddick and Laurel Dalley-Smith, award-winning violinist, Sara Trickey, pianist, Ivana Gavric and Marina Warner (All Souls College, Oxford) as dramaturg. This short film by distinguished film-maker Rocio Chacon outlines the origins of the interdisciplinary project between myth, music, and dance, and documenting the development of the choreography in rehearsal.

Project collaborators: Fiona Macintosh (Director APGRD) Susan Jones (Director DANSOX) Stephen Harrison To read a summary of the residency from Susan Jones please visit:

For more information on the ‘Dancing with Apollo’ project please visit:


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