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

(Tatsumi Hijikata)


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 regular open butoh classes and workshops. These sessions are suitable for all body types, ages, and levels of skill; no previous experience is necessary. There is a rotating pool of teachers, so that participants can benefit from different approaches to butoh training.

We run twice-monthly Saturday classes (2nd and 4th Saturdays unless otherwise noted) 10.00 am – 1.00 pm at Mortimer Hall in Old Marston, OX3 0PH, at a drop-in cost of £20/£15 per session. Please let us know if you are coming, especially for the first time.

There is parking outside the hall, which is located next to Marston Library, and there are stops nearby for buses 14, 14A, 13, and X13. Please arrive in good time, ready to start class promptly at 10.00.

For dates, please see below.

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 are led by different members of the group, or a guest teacher, so there is always something new to explore.

We also welcome dance and performing art practitioners, as well as visual artists, and musicians. Classes are occasionally accompanied by live music, and we are very pleased to hear from musicians who would like to play for us. A selection of music provided for some of our classes by musician/composer Malcolm Atkins has been uploaded here.)

Dates for 2023
14 January (Cinthia Patiño workshop)
28 January
11 February
25 February
11 March (and Vangeline workshop on 12 March)
25 March
15 April (NB this is the 3rd Saturday)
29 April (NB this is the 5th Saturday)
13 May
27 May
10 June
24 June
8 July
22 July
12 August
26 August
9 September
23 September
14 October
28 October
11 November
25 November
10 December

Any class cancellations will be marked prominently on the diary page but these are rare. If you sign up for our mailing list – contact Ayala – you will get an email reminder about the next class.

For more information contact Ayala Kingsley.