• Duration: 6 hours including breaks
  • Tickets: Standard: £20 | Pay More: £25 | Pay Less: £15
  • Company: Vidya Patel
  • Ages: 16+



What to expect:

This workshop introduces you to elements of Vidya’s dance practise that combine forms of Indian classical dance, contemporary and multi- disciplinary elements, explore previous repertoire and sharing creative tasks and tools to explore your own creativity.

Vidya Patel:

Vidya Patel is a Birmingham based dance artist, choreographer, performer and educator. Her work merges influence of Kathak, one of the major classical Indian dance forms with contemporary dance, whilst working collaboratively with music, poetry and visual arts to draw on social/ political and autobiographical themes relating to identity, belonging, nature and empowerment.

Her curiosity led artistic practise strives to extend past society’s boxed expectations, leading her into new spaces, experiences and forms of expression.

In 2015 Vidya represented the South Asian dance category as a finalist in BBC Young Dance 2015 at Sadler’s Wells, since, Patel has performed nationally and internationally with several world renowned companies and artists including Sir Richard Alston, Gary Clarke, Thick & Tight, Hetain Patel, Sujata Banerjee and Akademi, Sampad Arts and collaborated with Shammi Pithia, Connor Scott, Zia Ahmed and Sarathy Korwar, Abi Sampa amongst others. Her performances have been recognised, leading to nominations including three National Dance Critics Circle Awards nominations. She has premiered her own choreographic work in India and throughout the UK including Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Tate Modern Turbine Hall where she directed over 100 workshops for the public, amongst others, and will be premiering new touring outdoor work “Pravaas” produced by Akademi in 2023.

She is part of several boards and advisory groups with hopes of continuing to remove barriers off entry for those interested in working in the arts.Patel works regularly with young people and is passionate about making a change for the future of dance. She has made work for Trinity Laban, Joss Arnott’s Emergence MA program at Salford University, Rambert School of Ballet & Contemporary dance, and will be creating work for Northern School of Contemporary Dance Summer 2023. She is founder of community South Asian Dance Artists UK as well as Move Artists Agency. She is a Sadler’s Wells Young Associate Alumni 2020/22.

A brief outline of the day:

10:00- 10:15 Introduction, Names

10:15- 11:00 Improv Warm Up

11:00-11:05 Water Break

11:10-12:30 Introduction to Kathak

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break

1:30- 2:30 Creative Tasks Inspired by past Repertoire

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Teaching Repertoire

3:45 Reflections & Questions

4:00 End of Day

When and where to arrive:

The Old Fire Station has three entrances, we would advise you to use the entrance on George Street which will take you directly to the reception area.

We would recommend arriving about 30 minutes before the workshop start time. There are changing rooms on site, a member of Pro Dance Oxford will be around should you need anything, and the Arts at Old Fire Station Café do an amazing cup of coffee!

Suggestions for the Lunch Break:

Oxford has an incredible independent food and drink community including the wonderful Damascus Rose Kitchen who are based out of the Arts at The Old Fire Station Café (The falafel wrap is our favourite!)

Other local hotspots that are all a short walk from the theatre are:

The Handle Bar (Coffee and Food) on St Michaels Street

Alpha Bar (Salad and Sandwiches) in Oxford’s Covered Market

The Art Café (Coffee and Food) opposite The Westgate

The Gloucester Green Market also has an amazing range of street food stalls and is open Wednesday-Saturday – it also is on the doorstep of The Old Fire Station if you use the Gallery Entrance!

Supported by Arts at The Old Fire Station, Dancin’ Oxford, Thomas Page Dances and Oxford City Council (Community Impact Fund)

Parking & Access


There are a number of Blue Badge parking spaces nearby on Beaumont Street, and more on New Inn Hall Street and St Giles.

The closest car park is Gloucester Green Car Park, accessed via Gloucester Street.

If you have any questions or concerns, the City Council’s Access Officer can be reached at 01865 249811.

Getting here

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Disabled patrons are eligible for one free companion ticket with their booking. To book this, contact the ticket office: tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or 01865 263990.

There are two entrances to the Old Fire Station: 40 George Street via the foyer, and on Gloucester Green via the shop. Both are step-free. If you are coming to a show, we ask that you use the George Street entrance, as the Gloucester Green entrance is not always open.

Events in the Theatre

There is level entry to the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the main Theatre (where most shows take place).

If you are a wheelchair user attending a sit-down show, space will be reserved for you. If you are attending a standing gig, please contact us (call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk) and we will talk with you about your needs.

Events in the Studio

There is level entry into the foyer of the Old Fire Station, and step-free access to the Studio.

Events in the Loft

There are six steps leading up to the Loft space, with no lift. If you would like to discuss this to find out more, please get in touch.

The Gallery

There is step-free access to the Gallery – level entry through the George Street entrance, and via lift from the Gloucester Green entrance.


Accessible toilet
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor, accessible via platform lift. Other toilets are in the basement (accessible via lift).

Hearing assistance system
The Theatre is equipped with a hearing assistance system. If you have any questions about using it, please e-mail us at tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk or phone 01865 263980.

Assistance dogs
All types of assistance and guide dogs are welcome at the Old Fire Station. It would be great if you could let us know in advance if you will be bringing a working dog to any performances – just e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Strobe lighting
We will warn visitors on the website and in the foyer of the venue if a performance is going to contain strobe lighting. If lighting affects you, and you have any concerns, please call the ticket office on 01865 263990 or e-mail tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk.

Chairs in the theatre
Our chairs are a standard dining-chair size, measuring 40cm deep by 37cm wide, with a metal frame. Some have arms, and some do not. They are all joined together at the sides, to form rows. If this is likely to pose a problem for you, please email tickets@oldfirestation.org.uk and we can discuss how to make your visit more comfortable.