Saili Katebe Photo by Sam Cavander

Moving With The Times commissions the most exciting talent in the UK in the early stages of their careers. And this year’s showcase brings you Divija MelallySaili KatebeAnjali Dance Company and Kavya Iyer Ramalingam.

Catch a first look at their commissioned dance works at Pegasus Theatre in East Oxford tomorrow (Friday Feb 2), a platform which has propelled artists such as Richard Chappell Dance, Justice in Motion and Body Politic to join the ranks of the UK’s leading dance innovators.

Kavya. Photo by Simon Richardson

Divija Melally is a trained contemporary and Bharatnatyam dancer who premiered her work The Skeleton is White at Pegasus in March 2023 and works as a performer and choreographer with some of the UK’s leading dance companies across the UK, and Europe.

Saili Katebe, born in Zambia and now residing in the UK, is a talented poet and performer whose debut poetry pamphlet Katabasis showcases his evocative writing.

Anjali Holly-Josh Tomalin

Bethany Edwards is a dance artist and choreographer with Anjali Dance Company, dedicated to showcasing the creative potential of individuals with learning disabilities and aims to challenge stereotypes and promoting inclusivity through their dancers exceptional performances.

Originally from Kolkata, India, and now based in Oxford, dancer and choreographer Kavya Iyer Ramalingam trained in India in the Bharatanatyam form of classical dance and trained in the Kuchipudi, Natyashastra, Bollywood and Bhangra forms of dance.  Kavya combines traditional disciplines with contemporary dance to explore themes such as migration, gender, inequality, and cultural identity. 

Divija Melally Photo by Oxford Atelier

All of whom you can watch for yourselves, before the 2024 Commissioned artists premiere their work at Dancin’ Oxford’s Spring Dance Festival in March 2024.

Claire Thompson, Director of Dancin’ Oxford, said: “It’s rare that we, the audience, have the privilege of peering behind the scenes to observe the intricate creative journey and the dedicated craftsmanship that goes into bringing extraordinary dance works to life.

Saili Katebe Photo by Sam Cavander

“So this first look promises to be an exciting night for anybody who is interested in dance, the creative process or innovation.”

First Look – Moving With The Times is on February 2 at Pegasus, 7.30pm BOOK HERE