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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 promptly.

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 2021
12 June
26 June
10 July
24 July
14 August
28 August
11 September
25 September
9 October
23 October
13 November
27 November
11 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.