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Class floor work
Class at EOCC
(Photo: Pier Corona)

Malcolm accompanying class
(Photo: Pier Corona)

Class mirror image
Class (reflection) at EOCC
(Photo: Pier Corona)

Ana and Ayala in class
Ayala, Ana at Flavia's class
(Photo: Pier Corona)

"It's as if my body, from its very core, returned to its starting point."

(Tatsumi Hijikata)


Fridays 7.30-9.30 pm
East Oxford Community Centre (upstairs)
Princes Street

Curiosity (and a sense of wonder) is at the heart of butoh. Butoh practice is for those who want to rediscover their bodies and find new ways to inhabit their physical presence, both in performance and in everyday life.

Café Reason offers weekly open classes. These sessions are suitable for all body types, ages, and levels of skill; no previous experience is necessary. We also welcome dance and performing art practitioners, as well as visual artists, and musicians. Classes are often accompanied by live music, usually provided by Malcolm Atkins. (Malcolm has recorded his music from some recent Cafe Reason classes and uploaded it here.)

Participants will explore techniques and exercises to enhance their sensory awareness, stage presence, improvisation skills, and body–mind focus, as well as developing physical strength, control, and flexibility.

Classes cost £8 for a single session or can be paid in advance in blocks of 3 (£21).

Any class cancellations will be marked prominently on the diary page but these are very rare. We usually take a short break for Christmas and New Year, but otherwise they run throughout the year.

For more information contact Ana Barbour.