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How do we live with stress? Plasma investigates how our individuality is constrained and shaped by society and how it can be liberated in a frantic modern world.
Using abstract movement and interaction between dancers Plasma explores how one can express individuality positively, without destroying important social structures. Plasma shows how people are often alienated from their true values, because of the pressure exerted on them to conform to social norms.

We focus on researching and interpreting the external pressures that drive individual and social actions and the means that are used to enhance performance, for example, in sports, business, and healthcare. Through dance and multimedia, we look at what positive and negative effects pressure can have in an ever changing and increasingly demanding society.

“encapsulates the atmosphere of stressful, work driven society” Oxford Dance Writers

Dancers (original)
Monica Mate Arnall
Caroline Shephard
Anja Meinhardt
Roosa Leimu-Brown
Lisa Pocock
Irini Hatzimichali

Dancers (in further performances)
Hara Kyriazo
Amabel Luers
Bronwyn Tarr
Gemma Peramiquel


Anja Meinhardt & Roosa Leimu-Brown

Music (6′ piece)
Kimmo Pohjonen & Kronos Quartet

Composer & Sound Designer (25′ piece)
Jon Ouin

Lighting Designer
Ophelie Lebrasseur

Stu Allsopp

“a deep reflection of the hectic lives we live”

“Very powerful and memorable. I enjoyed the transition from the workout to work clothes, without slowing down the pace. It did leave me with a deep reflection of the hectic lives we live. I would have enjoyed seeing the balance to soften it at the end.”

Audience member at Plasma

“Intense, powerful and disturbing”

“Intense, powerful and disturbing. I felt really exhausted by the end. Throughout the piece I had the constant feeling of information overload, and was unsure where to look. The last section definitely gave the impression that something had gone wrong inside someone. The piece showed how an individual can have many sides or facets to their personality.”

Audience member at Plasma

“I really enjoyed the energy and the pressure build-up”

“I really enjoyed the energy and the pressure build-up that seemed to disrupt the cohesive nature. Would be interesting to see a sense of those individuals who enjoy the run, the work, the pressure and those who do it because they feel the need to or feel coerced.”

Audience member at Plasma

“like office drones pushed towards a burnout”

“To me the best bits were the last few moments of high-energy and synchronised movement. It felt like it represented the rat race, like office drones pushed towards a burnout.”

Audience member at Plasma



22 January – Pegasus, Oxford (Scratch Night)
26 & 27 February – Pegasus, Oxford (Moving with the Times)
16 July – Old Fire Station Oxford (Women go Live)
1 September – Old Fire Station, Oxford
28 October – The Broadway, Barking
12 November – The Old Museum, Oxford
26 November – St Barts, Reading


September – Twin City Festival, Perm, Russia


October – Evolution Event, Old Fire Station, Oxford