John Darvell’s Berkshire based company NOCTURN creates and delivers experimental contemporary narrative performances drawing on topical social issues.

Using contemporary dance, accessible technology and transmedia storytelling we engage audiences in interactive events, that they might encounter accidentally, in an installation setting or online.


This August!

adult & Youth Dance Week


Tuesday 20 - Sunday 25 August 2019

Join us on our ever-popular 6 day dance week

in partnership with Corn Exchange, Newbury

A chance for aspiring young and adult dancers to immerse themselves in dance, creativity and performance for one week, with our professional dancers.


Adults (evenings)

Explore our creative process in these intensive evening workshops aimed at adult dancers, of all abilities and ages, culminating in an evening performance.

  • 19:00 - 22:00 daily, Sunday 25 Aug all day - £75

Youth (daytimes)

A chance for aspiring young dancers to immerse themselves in dance, creativity and performance for one week, with our professional dancers.

  • 10:30 - 16:30 daily, Sunday 25 Aug all day - £150/£130 (for siblings)


Take a look at some of our recent projects...


...And They Have Escaped

Fusing a museum’s collection with dance, technology & projection to explore our fascination with living our lives through our mobile phones.

Nocturn Dance John Darvell. Photo by Mark Douet. C31B8238.jpg

Revelations of Miss White

A contemporary online dance mystery told solely through Miss White’s Facebook profile.


Fractured Landscapes

Four momentary videos exploring the touching and raging emotions following a tragic personal loss.

The seamless fusion of dance and digital is beautiful and inspiring.
— Grant Brisland, Co-Director CORN EXCHANGE & NEW GREENHAM ARTS


Integrating easy-to-use technology with challenging movement material, NOCTURN workshops are a unique offering in the dance world.

Our workshops place dance in a relevant, topical and contemporary context, asking participants to interrogate and engage in much more than just their dance technique.

Our students have been utterly inspired. The piece is so creative and really demonstrates how powerful dance can be.
— Mrs. Beth Butler, Head of Dance, Theale Green School


NOCTURN’s workshop programme is as flexible as it is inspiring, tailored to an organisation’s needs.

Participants are seen as active partners, encouraged to contribute creatively to the content and direction of the work.


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