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Diary
Class flyer
Classes flyer
Mortimer Hall class
Class at Mortimer Hall
(Photo: Andrew Bell)

Wrap
'Tipping Point/Wrap' work-in-progress
(Video still: Peter Glyn Jones)

Live Forms
'Tipping Point/Live Forms' work-in-progress
(Photo: Paul Freestone)

random variable
'Random Variable' work-in-progress
(Video still: Peter Glyn Jones)

Diamond Night 17
Diamond Night #17
(Photo: Alan Frank)


Diamond Night 18
Diamond Night #18
(Photo: Michelle Azdajic)

pieceofyou
'Piece of You' rehearsal
(Photo: Michelle Azdajic)

Rousham
Rousham — the arcade
(Photo: Ana Barbour)



Rousham Garden (5 mins)
(Video/edit: Peter Glyn Jones)


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Welcome to our Diary page. We began 2019 full-on on January 5, with a day of creative exploration on the theme of climate change. The fruits of this have fed into our new project Tipping Point, an hour-long mixed-media performance as part of the University of Hertfordshire's annual music festival SonicHerts.

Our next open platform for experimental performance, Diamond Night, will be on March 30. This is an opportunity for people to come and see our current work-in-progress, or to show new work of their own.

Butoh classes take place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at Mortimer Hall in Old Marston. There is a rotating pool of teachers, so that regular attendees will have the benefit of a range of butoh training and perspectives. See the Classes page for dates and more information. We also hope to host some extra workshops, with guest teachers, later in the year.

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2019

Jan 5th — Exploration Day
Feb
Mar 30th — Diamond Night #19
Apr
May 16th — Tipping Point
Jun
July
Aug
Sep
Oct
Oct
Nov
Dec

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Saturday 5th January 2019 — 10.30–4.30

Exploration Day

Eynsham Baptist Church Hall

This workshop is aimed at experienced contemporary dancers, who are invited to join Café Reason for the day. Through guided exercises and improvisation we will conduct an investigation into the theme of climate change, to find our own emotional and movement responses to the threats that face our fragile planet. Our ultimate intention is to develop a new work for performance.

Please contact Ayala Kingsley for more information and to book a place.


Saturday 30th March 2019 — 8.00 pm

Diamond Night #19

(See the main Diamond Night page for general information about these events.)

The nineteenth in our series of arts evenings, bringing 'uncut performance gems' (ours and others') into the spotlight.

Oxford Brookes University Drama Studio
Headington Hill Campus
Headington Hill, Oxford
Cost: FREE (Donations very welcome.)
Time: 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm start

Directions... map
...from central Oxford, follow High Street over the river to the roundabout at The Plain, take the first exit (St Clements) and continue past traffic lights and straight on up Headington Hill, past the park, and then take the first driveway to the LEFT near the top of the hill, into the Brookes University Headington Hill Campus. Go past the gatehouse and take the 2nd turning on the right. The Drama Studio is a smallish, squarish building with railings outside the door, set back from the main driveway. It is usually possible to park there on Saturday evenings.

...from London, buses go every ten minutes at peak times and run all night. Catch either the Oxford Tube, or the X90, and ask for the'Gyspy Lane' or 'Brookes University'stop. Get off the bus and CROSS THE ROAD. There are two campuses, and the one you want is the less obvious one, a few metres further down the hill towards Oxford city centre and on the right hand side of the road.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ENTRANCE DOOR OPENS DIRECTLY ONTO THE STAGE. IF YOU ARE SO LATE THAT THE PROGRAMME HAS ALREADY BEGUN, THERE IS NO WAY TO LET YOU IN WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE PERFORMANCE. IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY BETWEEN PIECES THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO CHECK FOR LATECOMERS, BUT PLEASE DO NOT KNOCK UNLESS AN INTERVAL IS CLEARLY IN PROGRESS!


Thursday 16th May 2019 — 7.30 pm (time tbc)

Tipping Point

The Forum, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB

This will be an hour-long mixed-media performance, commissioned by the University of Hertfordshire and inspired by the recent UN report that the world’s governments have just 12 years to avert a climate-change catastrophe.

With original live music, projection, bizarre costume, found objects, interactive art installation, and weaving together some existing pieces with specially devised choreography, this challenging new show will offer a creative response to the threats that face our fragile planet: catastrophic climate change, pollution, pillage, and overpopulation.


2018

July 1st — Piece of You
Aug 25th — Yael Karavan workshop
Sep 22nd — Diamond Night #18
Oct 10th — Ana's Time
Oct 13th — Random Variable


Sunday 1st July 2018 — 2.30 pm

Piece of You

SS Mary & John Church, 271 Cowley Road

This specially devised, 15-minute group piece, choreographed by Michelle Azdajic, is presented as part of the Marhaba event at the Cowley Road Carnival. Woven into the movement and expressed in the colourful paper flowers are some of the things we remember about the late Ana Barbour and her unique and lighthearted presence and movement.

Marhaba at the Cowley Carnival.This free event, which runs from 12.00 — 6.00 pm, comprises an exciting and varied programme of music, poetry, dance and visual art, featuring:

2.00*: Dabke workshop by a visiting group from Ramallah, supported by music from Confluence.
2.45*: Rumi for One More — work of the poet Rumi expressed through dance, music, and various languages.
4.00*: The Littlemore Oratorio — a new work reflecting the past, present and future of the whole community.

*Timings are approximate.

Throughout the day there will be tributes in dance and music to Ana. As well as Café Reason's new piece, there will be work by Mue, Nini Sakhri and Lizzy Spight, Catherine Rush, Peter Jones, and others.


Saturday 25th August 2018 — 10.30 am - 4.30 pm

Butoh Workshop with Yael Karavan

Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, OX3 0PH

This workshop will explore transformation and metamorphosis, dance through imagery, presence, embodiment, awareness, and the tension between opposites. The aim is to free the body from its mundane domestication and habitual gestures and movements, and thus allow access to a deeper and more authentic essence of movement and archetypal expression. It is suitable for all levels of experience.

Cost: £40 (by 28/07) /£45 (by 18/08) /£50 (after 18/08).

Yael Karavan is an award winning performer, dancer and Artistic Director of the Karavan Ensemble. In her dance research she travelled across Japan and Europe searching for a physical language of expression which bridges East and West, dance and theatre. She studied and worked with butoh masters such as Kazuo Ohno, Tadashi Endo, Carlotta Ikeda, Yumiko Yoshioka, Akiko Motofuji, Ko Morobushi and Katsura Kan.

Please contact Ayala Kingsley for more information and to book a place.


Saturday 22nd September 2018 — 8.00 pm

Diamond Night #18

(See the main Diamond Night page for general information about these events.)

The eighteenth in our series of arts evenings, bringing 'uncut performance gems' (ours and others') into the spotlight.

Oxford Brookes University Drama Studio
Headington Hill Campus
Headington Hill, Oxford
Cost: FREE (Donations very welcome.)
Time: 7:30 pm for 8:00 pm start

Directions... map
...from central Oxford, follow High Street over the river to the roundabout at The Plain, take the first exit (St Clements) and continue past traffic lights and straight on up Headington Hill, past the park, and then take the first driveway to the LEFT near the top of the hill, into the Brookes University Headington Hill Campus. Go past the gatehouse and take the 2nd turning on the right. The Drama Studio is a smallish, squarish building with railings outside the door, set back from the main driveway. It is usually possible to park there on Saturday evenings.

...from London, buses go every ten minutes at peak times and run all night. Catch either the Oxford Tube, or the X90, and ask for the'Gyspy Lane' or 'Brookes University'stop. Get off the bus and CROSS THE ROAD. There are two campuses, and the one you want is the less obvious one, a few metres further down the hill towards Oxford city centre and on the right hand side of the road.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE ENTRANCE DOOR OPENS DIRECTLY ONTO THE STAGE. IF YOU ARE SO LATE THAT THE PROGRAMME HAS ALREADY BEGUN, THERE IS NO WAY TO LET YOU IN WITHOUT DISRUPTING THE PERFORMANCE. IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY BETWEEN PIECES THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO CHECK FOR LATECOMERS, BUT PLEASE DO NOT KNOCK UNLESS AN INTERVAL IS CLEARLY IN PROGRESS!


Wednesday 10th October 2018 — 7.00 pm

Ana's Time

Film Oxford, 54 Catherine Street, OX4 3AH

A film show in memory of Ana Barbour, who died last year, including many of her remarkable dance films. The evening has been organised by Dariusz Dziala and Malcolm Atkins, who collaborated with Ana on both films and live work. This free event is supported by Film Oxford, who also worked with Ana. There will also be poetry by Ayala Kingsley and live music accompaniment by Bruno Guastalla to a specially prepared film by Dariusz about Ana.


Saturday 13th October 2018 — 2.45-3.30 pm

Random Variable

Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldates

This semi-improvised performance will take place as part of the Oxford 'IF' Science & Ideas Festival. It will support a presentation by Juliet Henderson: 'Breaking the Rules in Research Writing (and Dance)' and will explore the ways established patterns and conventions can be disrupted and transformed. We are delighted to have the involvement of other Oxford contemporary dancers in the development and performance of this piece.

Cost: Free to book, then PWYD (Pay What You Decide). Tickets are now available from Eventbrite.


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