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mortimer hall Saturday class at Mortimer Hall
(Photos: Robin Cooke/Michelle Azdajic)

Malcolm accompanying class
(Photo: Pier Corona)

Ana and Ayala in class
class at EOCC
Classes at EOCC
(Photos: Pier Corona/Emi Jozuka)

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

(Tatsumi Hijikata)


2nd (or 3rd) Saturday of the month 10.00 am – 1.00 pm
Mortimer Hall
Old Marston

4th Friday of the month, 7.30 – 9.30 pm
East Oxford Community Centre (upstairs)
Princes Street

For dates, please see below.

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 classes and workshops. 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 sometimes 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.

Saturday classes cost £15 and Friday classes £10. If you book and pay in advance, the cost is £12 and £8 respectively.

Dates for 2017

January 14 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
January 27 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
February 11 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
February 24 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
March 11 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
March 24 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
April 8 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
April 28 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
May 13 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
May 26 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
June 17 (Saturday), 10.00–4.30, Mortimer Hall
June 23 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
July 8 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
July 28 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
August 12 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
August 25 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
September 9 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
September 22 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
October 14 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
October 27 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
November 18 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall
November 24 (Friday), 19.30-21.30, EOCC
December 9 (Saturday), 10.00–1.00, Mortimer Hall

Any class cancellations will be marked prominently on the diary page but these are rare.

For more information contact Ana Barbour.