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Pembrokeshire
Landscape retreat in Pembrokeshire
Photo: Ana Barbour


Dolls' House
2016 major performance: Dolls' House
(click to see PDF of flyer)
Photos: Paul Freestone


Brookes site-specific
Site-specific improvisation at Oxford Brookes
Photo: Ana Barbour


Class flyer
Classes flyer (click to see PDF)

Flavia in Class
Class led by Flavia Coube
(Photo: Pier Corona)


Diamond Night - Crows
Crow's Playmates
Diamond Night #14
(Video still: Peter Jones)


Diamond Night 16
Diamond Night #16
Karen Goonewardene and Ayala Kingsley
(Video still: Peter Glyn Jones)


Butoh on the bus 2015
Butoh on the Bus 2015
Ana Barbour and Alex Donaghy


Diary Archive - 2016


(This archive page may contain broken links, and may be incomplete.)



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From January 2017, we will be offering our open butoh classes approximately every two weeks, in alternating venues. The first session of the new year will be 10.00 am - 1.00 pm, Saturday 14/01/17 at a new venue: Mortimer Hall, Old Marston. The following one will be 7.30 - 9.30 pm, Friday 27/01/17 at East Oxford Community Centre. See the classes page for more information.

2017 is also Café Reason's 20th anniversary year. We are planning a series of informal events to mark the 'wheel of the year': more news soon.
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2017

Jan
Feb 3rd: Film night
Mar 25th: Diamond Night #17

2016

Jan 15th & 16th - Dolls' House performance
Feb
Mar
Apr
May 6th: Juju Alishina performance; 7th & 8th workshops*
Jun 25th – July 2nd: Marie-Gabrielle Rotie residential workshop*
Jul 9th: Diamond Night #16
Jul 22nd: Holly Chernobyl evening workshop
Jul 30th: Macarena Ortuzar outdoor workshop
Aug 9th – 14th: Yumiko Yoshioko residential workshop*
Aug 12th – 26th: Classes summer break
Sep 2nd: Weekly classes begin
Oct 14th – 17th: Landscape retreat with Yumino Seki
Nov
Dec

* non-Café Reason event




Friday 15th & Saturday 16th January 2016 - 7.30pm

Dolls' House performance

A derelict dolls’ house and an abandoned bag of costumes are the original, if unexpected starting point for this enigmatic new show. Through it we explore the classic dream symbol of ‘The House’ and open a window on the inhabitants’ secret lives and eternal dilemmas. Bizarre, moving, and darkly comic, the performance uses specially-composed music to underpin the characters’ struggle with the limitations of their bodies, gender, roles, and relationships. Funding from Arts Council England and Oxford City Council has supported the creation of this new show, which blends butoh with original live music and film to evoke half-remembered (and dismembered) stories of self, family, home, and the passage of time.

Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, Oxford, OX4 1RE
Tickets £13 (£9 concs, £6 U18)

How to book
Online:
www.pegasustheatre.org.uk
Phone: 01865 812150
In person: Pegasus Theatre, Magdalen Road, OX4 1RE
Box office open Tues–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat 10am–6pm, and performance days from 2 hours before the show. No booking fee. Tickets posted cost an additional 60p.

For more information about the background to the performance, and to see a video, go to the main 'Dolls' House' page.




Saturday 9th July 2016 - 8pm

Diamond Night #16

(See the main Diamond Night page for general information about these events.)

The sixteenth in our series of arts evenings, bringing 'uncut performance gems' (ours and others') into the spotlight.

Oxford Brookes University Drama Studio map
Headington Hill Campus
Headington Hill, Oxford
Cost: FREE (You may contribute towards costs if you choose.)
Time: 7:30pm for 8:00pm start

Directions... map
...from central Oxford, follow High Street over the river to the roundabout at The Plain, take the first exit (St Clements) and continue past traffic lights and straight on up Headington Hill, past the park, and then take the first driveway to the LEFT near the top of the hill, into the Brookes University Headington Hill Campus. Go past the gatehouse and take the 2nd turning on the right. The Drama Studio is a smallish, squarish building with railings outside the door, set back from the main driveway. It is usually possible to park there on Saturday evenings.

...from London, buses go every ten minutes at peak times and run all night. Catch either the Oxford Tube, or the X90, and ask for the'Gyspy Lane' or 'Brookes University'stop. Get off the bus and CROSS THE ROAD. There are two campuses, and the one you want is the less obvious one, a few metres further down the hill towards Oxford city centre and on the right hand side of the road.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ENTRANCE DOOR OPENS DIRECTLY ONTO THE STAGE. IF YOU ARE SO LATE THAT THE PROGRAMME HAS ALREADY BEGUN, THERE IS NO WAY TO LET YOU IN WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE PERFORMANCE. IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY BETWEEN PIECES THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO CHECK FOR LATECOMERS, BUT PLEASE DO NOT KNOCK UNLESS AN INTERVAL IS CLEARLY IN PROGRESS!




Friday 22nd July 2016, 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Holly Chernobyl workshop

East Oxford Community Centre, Princes Street, OX4 1DD
£15.00

This workshop will focus on transformation, time manipulation, making and crossing boundaries, and exploring butoh technique. We will ask questions and write answers with and within the body. The workshop attempts to contain and release energy through mental, emotional, and physical focusing exercises: structured and improvised movement, partner work, vocalization, and using the breath as our best resource.
For more information about Holly, see her
website




Saturday 30th July 2016, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Outdoor 1-day workshop with Macarena Ortuzar

Heath Farm, Swerford, Chipping Norton, OX7 4BN
£25.00

This workshop, open to all, presents a rare opportunity to participate in dance-practice that is based on bringing our bodies closer to the earth and the natural environment, offering the chance to pause, breathe, listen, and observe, to attune the senses, to discover silence and stillness. It will offer space to investigate and to harmonise darkness and light, strength and weakness, connections and disconnections, calm and storm, as a dancer and as a human. We will work throughout the day on structured physical training to recondition the body and the mind, playing with breathing and with movement, with silence and with improvisation.
For more information, contact
Ana Barbour




Friday 14th - Sunday 16th/Monday 17th October 2016
Landscape retreat

YHA St. David's, Llaethdy, Pembrokeshire

This outdoor workshop, set within the stunning landscapes of the Pembrokeshire coast, will be led by Yumino Seki. Through grounding, opening, and awareness exercises, and structured exploration of the environment and our bodies' response to it, we hope to awaken, discover, dance, and share with each other our own unique inner landscapes. Currently, registration for this workshop is full, but if you would like to be informed of any cancellations, please contact
Ayala Kingsley

(To read about other retreats we have organised, see the Landscape Retreats page )




Selected other (non-Café Reason) events this summer

Juju Alishina

Performance: May 6th, Stroud, 8.00pm
Workshops: May 7th, Stroud, 12.00 – 6.00pm,
and May 8th, Bristol, 1.00 - 7.00pm

Marie-Gabrielle Rotie and Nick Parkin

Residential workshop: Pembrokeshire, June 25th – July 2nd

Yumiko Yoshioka

Residential workshop: Dorset, August 9th – 14th.


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