Dance for the Modern World with NOCTURN


Creative dance with a social heart and a technological edge.


Integrating technology with challenging movement material, NOCTURN workshops are a unique offering in the dance world. Using connective technologies, such as social media, these workshops place dance in a truly topical, contemporary context, and ask you to interrogate far more than your dance technique.

Our workshops are designed for pre-vocational students, students undergoing professional training and professional dancers. NOCTURN also offers workshops to the general public and has a comprehensive schools programme.



It is not enough to have good technique

In the professional dance world today, choreographers want individuals who can add value to the creative discussion.


NOCTURN’s approach aims to develop dance artists with technique, creativity and a social awareness in equal measure.


NOCTURN’s innovative workshops will give you the tools you need to think about ways to use technology to bring our world into the dance studio. The workshops will engage you in a conversation that encompasses many aspects modern life.

John Darvell, Artistic Director of NOCTURN, has spent the last 10 years crafting a practice that enables him and the dancers he works with to tell personally and universally relevant stories.

Disseminating that practice is central to his work and NOCTURN works extensively with older and skilled dancers. Learning with this company is a chance to engage with cutting edge contemporary practice and to find ways to root your lived experience in your dance.


What can you expect from a NOCTURN workshop?


Our workshops are participant-led and you will be encouraged to contribute actively to the content and creative directions taken during the session.


Each workshop will be specifically created to be relevant to your group and there will be opportunities to focus the experience on elements of NOCTURN 's work that supports the needs and interests of students.Each workshop will be specifically created to be relevant to your group and there will be opportunities to focus the experience on elements of NOCTURN 's work that supports the needs and interests of students.

NOCTURN workshops include:

  • Led physical warm up and company technique classes

  • Learning of company repertoire

  • Collaborative and independent creative explorations

  • Informal sharing of work created

  • Peer feedback sessions

  • Interaction with relevant cutting-edge technologies.

These workshops ideally are designed as long-term engagements, where participants progress over a number of weeks. Consistent engagement allows participants to engage physically and creatively, developing personal creative explorations under John’s guidance.

However, NOCTURN’s workshop programme is as flexible as it is inspiring, and so can be designed to fit in with individual organisations’ needs and schedule.



An example collaboration

‘The Tipping Point’, a mental health project

Over several sessions NOCTURN worked with Performing Arts students from City of Oxford College to create a dance work around mental health stigma and discrimination.

A community engagement commission by Dance Mania-Moving for Change, supported by Time to Change, The Archway Foundation, Artscape and Oxford Brookes University.

This is their creation, performed at ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ at Old Fire Station, Oxford.

Who we are


NOCTURN have been offering workshops throughout the south of England for a number of years, with a track record for offering significant value to workshop participants and their schools, organisations and community groups.

NOCTURN is extending its education and outreach programme to include pre-vocational, professional and adult participants.

NOCTURN’s performance work is ground-breaking.

It sits at the cutting-edge of dance by integrating technology into each art work. For us technology is both a tool to extend possibilities and a theme that deserves to be interrogated.

As Grant Brisling, Director of the Corn Exchange and New Greenham Arts noted:

The seamless fusion of dance and digital is beautiful and inspiring."


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