Oonagh Duckworth, Belgium

British born, brought up in London, Oonagh has spent her adult life living in Paris and Brussels where she is still based. She has been a freelance dancer and cultural journalist and producer/programmer since the eighties. As a producer/programmer she has worked with many independent dance companies as well as established institutions such as The Pompidou Centre in Paris, The Place Theatre in London and Les Brigittines in Brussels. She currently manages different arts projects from her own organisation, TheTinderbox, including the precursor of collective dance initiatives, the Bal Moderne. She is also co-curator of a twice-yearly festival of art in public space, ‘RECOmmerce’. As a journalist, she has contributed to The Guardian, Elle Magazine, The Evening Standard, City Limits and Time Out as well as the Belgian, English language publications Agenda, The Bulletin and Flanders Today. She is a frequently proofreader/editor of English texts written by Belgian dance organisations (Rosas/PARTS) and edited the final version of Jeroen Peeters’ book on Meg Stuart ‘Are we here yet?’ More recently she has she has directed her journalistic and interviewing skills to deepening audience appreciation of contemporary dance through the hosting of workshops and post-performance meetings.

Features by Oonagh Duckworth

Don’t tell me, show me (or how to communicate a compelling story)

on Spring Forward 2019

Features by Oonagh Duckworth

Snowed Under in Sofia

on Spring Forward 2018

Features by Oonagh Duckworth

Dancing in Tumultuous Times

on Reflections on dance

Features by Oonagh Duckworth

Late night diary of a dance festival junkie

on Spring Forward 2015

Watching 23 live dance shows over one weekend is not your everyday audience’s experience. I found it induced an addictive state of emotional and intellectual overdrive  — you know you can’t really cope with another show but you just can’t bear to miss one either. Nor miss being part of the debate…

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Performance reviews by Oonagh Duckworth

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