Cambridge University Contemporary Dance Workshop

Current show information

The next show we have planned is the annual mainshow, in late January 2010. To find out more please email our shows producer Emily at ec399 (at) cam (dot) ac (dot) uk.

Shows Archive

Inspire Jan 2011
Dancing in Colours Winter 2010

Beauty January 2009
Photos by Duncan Grisby | Photos by Claude Schneider
Perspectives January 2008
Photos by Duncan Grisby | Photos by Claude Schneider
Variations February 2007
Photos by Duncan Grisby | Photos by Claude Schneider
Our second show of 2007, Variations was an evening of exciting, eclectic new dance performed to live musical accompaniment. Diverse dance styles - from classical ballet through contemporary to hiphop - were used to visualise and interpret a musical programme that included all 21 of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances and movements from Franck’s Cello Sonata in A Major.
Elemental January 2007
Photos by Duncan Grisby | Photos by Claude Schneider
Elemental was an exuberant show with a tremendous diversity of styles, as we invited audiences to "feel the heat of the fire with flamenco, float away with the serene, contemporary motions of air, get earthy with tap dance and let yourself be drenched in Irish rainstorms and beautiful classical waters". More than ever before, this show was packed to the brim with not only contemporary works, but dances from quite literally all over the world and throughout the dance spectrum.
Touch January 2006
Photos by Duncan Grisby | Photos by Claude Schneider
“Touch” explored through dance the importance of contact at all levels of life: from loneliness to vibrant emotional interaction, the series of dances developed from isolation to complete engagement. Themes ranged from a lone dancer yearning for contact to the heady excitement of human bodies colliding to the exuberant spectacle of contrasting dance cultures meeting. 14 choreographers with a diverse range of styles, from flamenco to ballet, contemporary to hiphop, created a spectacle of searing physical movement to a lush and varied musical palette, including Brahms, U2, Alison Krauss and classical flamenco.
Spectrum January 2005
Photos by Duncan Grisby
Show website
The dances of Spectrum were a spectacular visual feast of colour and movement intertwined. A lifted arm was gilded by golden light; a dancer glided through a sea of blue; red passion was spoken through searing physical movement. Colour exploded into movement, while dance was painted in bright new hues. We invited a sell-out audience to join us as 18 choreographers with highly diverse styles explored the emotions, significance and possibilities of colour.
ex-site June 2004
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A showcase of site-specific performances around Cambridge, ex-site took dance out of traditional theatre spaces and brought it into the public arena. Live performances took place at scheduled times on the 12th and 13th June, in a range of locations around Cambridge.ex-site explored how new performance spaces change the way the body moves and the audience perceives; how dance can be related to the environment around it, and how film can transform one creative work into another.
Reflections February 2004
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Reflections combined new dance and drama to explore the impact of different kinds of relationships in one person's life. Parents, friends, lovers; joy, loss and comfort; all found expression through contemporary dance, partner dance, hiphop and breaking.
Over the Edge January 2004
Show website
Over the Edge saw CUCDW return to the ADC in January 2004 for another large scale mainshow featuring diverse interpretations of the title theme. Another sellout, the show featured fresh new choroegraphy in eclectic styles.
Authentik March 2003
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In March 2003, Authentik? presented a unique collaboration between CUCDW and Cambridge's hiphop collective, the Sin-Cru.
On the Edge January 2003
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On the Edge, CUCDW's first mainshow at the ADC theatre in January 2003, presented the work of 15 choreographers exploring different ideas of what it means to be on the edge. A sellout success, the show featured over 60 dancers, working in a wide range of styles and using an array of music including three special compositions for the show.
Synergy March 2003
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Synergy was our first venture to the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2002, and combined some of our favourite tried-and-tested pieces with some new work. 13 dancers danced the 12 pieces and four inter-piece interludes in the show.
Rebound June 2002
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Rebound was CUCDW's 2002 summer show and featured dancing in the sunshine with many eclectic styles, including classical and modern Indian dance, Afrofusion, tap and percussive contemporary.
Confused November 2001
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Confused,CUCDW's winter 2001 show, presented an eclectic showcase of original contemporary dance, with a hint of Latin, hiphop, African & Indian dance. Twelve different choreographers, twelve different interpretations of confusion and a spectacular fusion of dance, film and music.
Diffused February 2001
Show website
Diffused explored the frontiers of movement and dance with nine choreographers producing new work, specifically for the show, with choreographic styles encompassing everything from Baroque to African influenced contemporary dance. Many of the choreographers worked with original music, highlighting the idea that the perceived distinctions between the arts are, in fact, blurred. Through dance, they explored a whole spectrum of issues, from the confrontation of dancers with non-dancers, to the fragmentation between a diseased and healthy state.
Fused November 2001
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Fused played to audiences of over 150 in February 2000, and launched CUCDW's commitment to public performance and support for local choreographers.