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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.

For 2019, we will be running twice-monthly Saturday classes (2nd and 4th Saturdays) 10.00 am – 1.00 pm at Mortimer Hall in Old Marston, OX3 0PH, at a drop-in cost of £15 per session. However, it is helpful to 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 sometimes accompanied by live music, and we invite offers to play for us. A selection of music provided for some of our classes by the musician/composer Malcolm Atkins has been uploaded here.)

Dates for 2019
January 12
January 26
February 09
February 23
March 09
March 23
April 13
May 11
May 25
June 08
June 22
July 27
August 10
August 24
September 14
September 28
October 12
October 26
November 09
November 23
December 14

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.