Luminous Shadows video by Chris Atkins

A short promotional video by Chris Atkins showing highlights from DEC’s Luminous Shadows performance at the Old Fire Station, Oxford on 23rd May 2013

Luminous Shadows at the Old Fire Station 23rd May 2013 – photographs and reviews

Following DEC’s performances at the Old Fire Station on 23rd May 2013, here are links to two reviews received:

by dance writer Rebecca Nice

and by saxophonist and photographer Paul Medley.

Here are a couple of photos by Sarah Jex:


Landscape with a Man Killed by a Snake


DEC Performances coming up


  • On SATURDAY 4th MAY , All Saints Church, Lime Walk, Headington, Oxford OX3 7AX Tickets £5.00, at 7.30pm

a double bill with AMV (Medieval Music unleashed)

  • On THURSDAY 23d MAY , see poster below

dec ofsDEC blurb

DEC is an Oxford based group of established musicians, dancers and visual artists, who explore the interactions between their media through improvised performance and video projection.

LUMINOUS SHADOWS shows them in action in a selection of poetic and playful collaborations both structured and spontaneous.

This innovative live creative experience has proved fascinating and engaging

for audiences, with its unpredictability and intimacy in the moment.

Since 2010 DEC has performed in Oxford at the Pegasus Theatre, OVADA

Gallery, The Story Museum and The Old Fire Station, at the Cambridge Festival

of Ideas, and has collaborated with the Oxford Improvisers and poets such as

Vahni Capildeo and Robin Kirkpatrick. DEC artists regularly exhibit their work.

DEC at Cohesion 2011:


“…surprised and utterly delighted me…”

“…produced moments of sheer magic, as lightning brush strokes followed the

fluttering hand movements of a dancer, or a wash of colour flowed across

the backdrop and transformed the setting…”

“…intriguing, absorbing and at times magical evening…”


Monday 3rd June 2013

United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road,

Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HN

This session suitable for experienced artists and students lasts three hours from 1pm until 4pm (set up 12:30pm, clear out by 4:30pm). Two professional dancers and a musician improvise, while artists observe and work freely.

Workshop fee: £25

To reserve a place or for more information please contact:

Tel: 01865 557098 Tel: 01865 554761

Drawing Dance workshops for 2012-13

Booking is now open for artists for Drawing Dance workshops at URC (United Reformed Church Hall, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HN) from September 2012 through to summer 2013.  We will be running sessions on the following Mondays:
17th September ’12
19th November ’12
21st January ’13
18th March ’13
3rd June ’13

We are also looking to book dancers to model for these sessions.  This is a paid engagement.  If you are interested and available for September or future sessions, please contact Susie:
Tel:  01865 557098

How it works:  Sessions last 3 hours, 1.00-4.00pm (set-up 12.30, clear out by 4.30pm).  Two professional dancers and a musician improvise while up to eight artists observe and work.  Different dancers bring a wide variety of movement styles and vocabulary, so this is an interesting form of drawing to explore more than once.  No tuition is given.  Chairs and tables are provided, but artists are asked to bring any materials they want to use.  If working in paint or ink please bring plastic sheeting to protect the dance floor from spillages.

Cost of workshop:  £40 (payment required in advance to confirm your place)
To attend or for further information please contact:
Kassandra Isaacson       01865 554761
Susie Crow          01865 557098   

Sound Image Word Motion – DEC with Oxford Improvisers at OFS Tuesday 5th June

Escape the Jubilee with Oxford Improvisers at the Old Fire Station on June 5th!

An evening of performances by the DEC group in collaboration with members of Oxford Improvisers and leading poets.

‘a unique and ground breaking collaboration between four art forms’

Featured poets:  Vahni Capildeo and Gavin Selerie

Tuesday  5 June  7:30 pm – 10:00 pm    Entry: £8/£6
The Loft Room, The Old Fire Station, 40 George St., Oxford OX1 2AQ

evening convened by Malcolm Atkins and Janna Ferrett

Part of the Oxfringe Festival 

DEC at Story Museum – responses

Guest dancer Ségolène Tarte has written an account of the DEC group’s two days at the Story Museum which culminated in a performance for a reception for the Other Worlds installation, read about her experience here:

And a cheering response from one of the guests:

“Friday was WONDERFUL, I’m only sorry i couldn’t stay longer.
I’ve never seen any thing like it, so innovative, beautiful and daring.”

DEC artists’ work on display in ArtWeeks

DEC and Drawing Dance workshop artists exhibiting dance related work during Oxford ArtWeeks:

272     Kassandra Isaacson:  Drawing Dance and other related images
325 Banbury Road, OX2 7JH
16-20 May 2-6pm (Thursday 2-8pm)

279       Caroline Meynell:  Painting in oil and acrylic, alongside drawing, sculpture and wood engraving
St. Michael and All Angels Church, Lonsdale Road, OX2 7ES
12-19 May 12-6pm

291        Susan Moxley:  Recent work including painting, print, mixed media and jewelry
43 Oakthorpe Road, OX2 7BD
12-20 May 12-6pm

304        Clare Bassett:  Lithographic prints and new brush and ink drawings of dancing figures
84 Kingston Road, OX2 6RJ
12-13, 18-20 May 12-6pm


Oxford based DEC PROJECT is a group of visual artists , dancers and muscians  who research interactions across different media

Using projections of the drawing process opens possibilities for investigating ‘live’ the relationships between the different forms as they unfold.
DEC has performed in gallery spaces and theatre venues. (see ARCHIVE)

You can contact DEC below: