The annual Oxford Dance Symposium

Organised by Michael Burden and Jennifer Thorp

The first Dance Symposium at New College took place on 21 April 1999 with 'Dance on the English Stage', and has become a yearly event. Each symposium is designed to explore different aspects of dance, with particular reference to its musical, theatrical, literary and social context during the long eighteenth-century.

20th Annual Oxford Dance Symposium

will take place in Oxford on

17 & 18 April 2018

The Call for Papers has now closed.

‘Dance and Drama'











The Oxford Dance Symposia focus on the technique, practice and philosophy of dance during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and we always welcome papers on any aspect of dance during this period.

Each year, however, we have a light touch theme that is central to the programme to which participants are invited to respond if they wish. The theme for 2018 will be dance and drama in all its forms. Topics might include dancing in stage plays, dancing on stage, and dancing in opera; however, we encourage participants to range as widely as possible in thinking about the subject.

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Previous Symposia