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Our first work Future Remembered, Past Imagined was created over a nine month period and premiered at Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, in 2003 before touring nationally for a further nine months. It explored how it feels to be the age we are, what we remember of being younger and how we imagine being older.

In 2004 the company performed a site-specific piece in an Art Gallery in Birmingham and also performed small duets In Witney and Chipping Norton as part of a family play project. Some of the company were involved in Dig Where You Stand, working with older people in Witney, and the whole company completed a five month project for Botanic Garden Oxford as part of their Plant Power Festival 2005.

We have also collaborated with Ithaca, Oxfordshire Theatre Company and the NHS Falls Prevention Service in a project for older people entitled Sage resulting in a specially commissioned piece called Spring Forward, Fall Back. This included a dancer in her late 80s and toured to older people’s day centres and schools examining how we experience falling at different ages.

Our second major work, triptych, premiered at Dorchester Abbey in September 2005 and then toured to London, Manchester, Leicester, Coventry and South Wales. It was inspired by the natural environment at Botanic Garden, Oxford, and the stunning architecture at Dorchester Abbey and was an abstract and deeply emotional piece featuring live music by Emily Levy, Dave Kane and Jacqueline Johnson.

Our third major work, Dragon’s Tale was a collaboration with a three-piece band called Restless Blue featuring a strong narrative. It premiered at Warwick Arts Centre in February 2007. Initiated by one of the musicians who has worked in and around fairgrounds for most of his life, the piece explores the shifting tempo, emotions and intergenerational relationships from the afternoon merry-ground to the techno beat of the late night waltzer. Cecilia Macfarlane designed the piece so that it could be performed by Crossover and adapted to include large numbers of dancers in the community: a performance at Oxford Playhouse included over 200 local dancers aged 6 months to 88 years. With a set designed by Kay Sentance, it then toured throughout 2008 including performances in the market towns of Oxfordshire where local dance groups were incorporated into the performances.

In 2009, we created a piece for Dorchester Arts Festival entitled Sea Rhythms and a site specific piece below the Bridge Of Sighs in Oxford entitled Suspension which featured the Sospiri choir singing music composed by Emily Levy.

Our latest major work, BOX, premiered at Oxford Town Hall in November 2009 and looks at how we are held, supported, restricted and constrained by institutions. Inspired by patients at the Nuffield Hospital in Oxford and funded by legacy funding from Ithaca, the piece is performed to live music composed and performed live by Emily Levy and Frank Moon. BOX was also part of the re-opening celebrations at Pegasus Theatre alongside a specially commissioned piece called Foreword directed by guest choreographer Rosemary Lee.

Our main funders have included Arts Council England, Pegasus Theatre, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Ithaca and Awards for All.

 

 

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