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Diary
august outdoors
August outdoors: Isolated
(video still: Ayala Kingsley/Jonathan Ross)

green fuse exercise
green fuse exercise
Bite-size butoh exercise: The Green Fuse
(Self-portrait: Nathalie Descamps;
video still: Ayala Kingsley/Jonathan Ross)

Wrap
'Tipping Point' dress rehearsal at Corpus Christi.
To see more images click here.
(Photo: Andrew Bell)

flyer
'Tipping Point' flyer
(Photo: Andrew Bell)

Wrap
'Tipping Point' performance in May
(Video still: Dariusz Dziala)

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

Live Forms
'Tipping Point/Lifeforms' @ Diamond Night #19
(Photo: Andrew Bell)

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

Migration
'Tipping Point/Migration' @ Diamond Night #19
(Photo: Andrew Bell)

Migration
'Tipping Point/Gaia'
Gemma Peramiquel
Gemma Peramiquel
Gemma Peramiquel
Macarena Ortuzar
TdF
Trio De Femmes
TdF
Trio De Femmes 'Girly Show'
TdF
Class at Mortimer Hall
(Photo: Andrew Bell)

LF
Tipping Point performance in May
(Photo: Andrew Bell)

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. As this strange year rolls on, in common with everyone, we look for new ways to shape our lives. Our 'bite-size butoh' initiative has been one of these ways, offering fortnightly 'prompts' or 'scores' for individual exploration, with an opportunity to convene online a week later and share our discoveries: we have had a great variety of inventive responses, and it has been good to connect with our dance friends near and far.

With the easing of lockdown, through August, we will be offering some outdoor sessions, and from September we hope to resume indoor classes, subject to safety restrictions. Also in September, we will we able to share the outcome of our summer movement research project, supported by TORCH (Oxford University): Breaking Free: On the Limitations of the Dancing Body.

For enquiries and information, please email us. To be kept up-to-date with our news and plans, why not join our mailing list?

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2020

Jan 4th — Class
Jan 11th & 12th — Tipping Point performance
Jan 25th — Class with Cath Blackfeather
Feb 8th — Class with Andy Solway
Feb 22nd — Class with Ayala Kingsley
Mar 14th — Class with Macarena Ortuzar
May 18th — Bite-size butoh (Zoom): Sound Fields score
June 1st — Bite-size butoh (Zoom): The Green Fuse score
June 13th — Bite-size butoh (Zoom): Half a Duet score
June 27th — Bite-size butoh (Zoom): Breath, Pulse, Wave score
July 11th — Bite-size butoh (Zoom): Break-dance score
July 25th — Bite-size butoh (Zoom): Mindful Moon Magic score
August 8th — August outdoors Unboxed
August 16th — August outdoors Landscape workshop
August 30th —August outdoors Presence & absence


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th January 2020 — 7.30 pm

Tipping Point

Al Jaber Auditorium, Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, OX1 4JF

With the clock ticking for action on climate change, Café Reason presents its topical and urgent new show. This eclectic and provocative performance features original live music, projection, bizarre costume, and found objects, and offers a creative, challenging response to the threats facing our fragile planet. For more information see the Tipping Point page.

Tickets (£12) are on sale through EventBrite. Click here to buy. Discounts for groups of 10+ are available: contact Ayala to arrange.


Bite-size butoh

This is a series of fortnightly movement prompts or 'scores' written by our class teachers to enable class members and others to develop their practice while live classes are not possible. Participants are then invited to a Zoom meeting a week or so later to 'show and tell': feedback can be in movement, art, writing, or just talking about the experience.

As with Café Reason butoh classes, there will be a variety of approaches. Future scores will come from guest teachers Macarena Ortuzar, Andy Solway, and Lizzy Spight: information about the scores will be added to the website as it becomes available.

8 — 18 May: Sound Fields (Cath Blackfeather) invites us to play with the sounds in our environment, embodying them and taking them into choreography. You can find this score
here.
Zoom meeting 18 May 6.00 — 7.30pm.

22 May — 1 June: The Green Fuse (Ayala Kingsley) investigates the process of vegetative growth — the impulses and mechanisms that carry a plant out of the soil and into maturity and bloom, and finding the parallels in our own bodies. You can find this score here.
Zoom meeting 1 June 6.00 — 7.30pm.

5 June — 13 June: Half a Duet (Andy Solway) is an intriguing exercise in dream-memory and sensory imagination. You can find this score here.
Zoom meeting 13 June 11.00am — 12.30pm

18 June — 27 June: Breath, Pulse, Wave (Cath Blackfeather) takes simple repeated movements and examines the effect of changes in intention or image. You can find this score here.
Zoom meeting 27 June 11.00am — 12.30pm

1 July — 11 July: Break dance (Lizzy Spight) focuses on rhythm, internal and external, and how breaking that rhythm can lead to new movement discoveries. You can find this score here.

16 July — 25 July: Mindful Moon Magic (Karen Goonewardene) is an invitation to create a 'sacred circle', then a cylinder, then a bubble, to fill with your dance – a moving sculpture. You can find this score here.
Zoom meeting 25 July 11.00am — 12.30pm


August outdoors

Saturday 8 August, 10.30-12.30: Unboxed
South Park, Oxford
Exploring interactions of scale, space, isolation, and relationship as we emerge from lockdown and rediscover the wider environment. Places are limited, and the event is weather-dependent, so please email
Ayala if you are interested in coming, including phone contact details. Bring a blanket and packed lunch if you'd like to have a picnic social afterwards. Donations

Sunday 16 August, 2.00-5.30: Landscape workshop
Strawbale Studio and grounds of Michael's Folly, Epping Green, Hertfordshire.
A somatic inquiry into the transformative ability of the body, in order to access deeper and more authentic movement and expression of ourselves in tune with the natural world. Explore the interconnected pulse of Nature, as the elements become our friendly witnesses. For more details and to book, email Fabrizia. £25

Sunday 30 August, 10.30-12.30: Presence and absence
Headington Hill Park, Oxford
How much space do we normally occupy? How can we change the strength of our presence? Can we expand our presence to reach beyond the 2-metre threshold? Can we withdraw it to become almost absent? What about connections through touch – connections to the environment, and transmitting touch to people from a distance?
To book, please email Andy if you are interested in coming, including phone contact details. Bring a packed lunch if you'd like to have a picnic social afterwards. Donations

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2019


Jan 5th — Exploration Day
Mar 30th — Diamond Night #19
Apr 24th — Oxford Dance Forum Scratch Night
May 16th — Tipping Point performance
Jun 1st — Gemma Peramiquel workshop
June 22nd — Outdoor workshop with Macarena Ortuzar
July 12th — Trio De Femmes performance
July 13th — Trio De Femmes workshop
Aug 24th — Cycles of Life workshop
Sep 14th & 28th — Classes
Oct 12th & 26th — Classes
Nov 9th & 23rd — Classes
Dec 14th — Class



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!


Wednesday 24th April 2019 — 7.30 pm

Oxford Dance Forum Scratch Night

Arts at the Old Fire Station, 40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ

Ayala Kingsley will perform 'Wrap': a semi-improvised performance that while exploring the possibilities of one of the more ubiquitous household materials, also enters the darker experiences of entanglement and constraint. With Cath Blackfeather and Karen Goonewardene.

Tickets £5. Visit the Old Fire Station to book.


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

Tipping Point

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

In a commission by the University of Hertfordshire, Café Reason presents its latest large-scale show 'Tipping Point'. With just 12 years for the world to act on climate change, this eclectic new work features original live music, projection, bizarre costume, and found objects, and offers a creative, challenging, multimedia response to the threats facing our fragile planet.For more information about the show see the Tipping Point page.

To book tickets visit UH Arts.


Saturday 1st June 2019 — 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

'Holding the Space' workshop with Gemma Peramiquel

Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, OX3 0PH

Contemporary dancer/teacher/choregrapher Gemma Peramiquel (also performing at the OFS on 24 April) will lead a movement workshop, using somatic techniques to strengthen the relationship between the mind-body balance and the space it holds.

Cost: £15 (by 25/05) then £20.

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


Saturday 22nd June 2019 — 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

'Outside, In' workshop with Macarena Ortuzar and Dana Iova-Koga

Wytham Woods

A one-day outdoor workshop that offers a diversity of movement explorations aimed at attuning the body to itself as well as to the natural environment, first addressing the concrete elements of the body: muscles, bones, and connective tissue, and from there working in ever-widening circles of subtle energetics and sensitivities to our own internal landscapes and the landscape around us. See also the workshop flyer.

Cost: £60

Please contact Macarena for more information and to book a place.


Friday 12th July 2019 — 7.30 pm

Performance by Trio De Femmes (USA): Girly Show — What We Sacrifice for the Dream of Love

Burton Taylor Studio, Gloucester St, Oxford OX1 2BN

A rare opportunity to see a performance by members of Seattle-based group DAIPAN, on tour as Trio De Femmes.

A feel-good show with heart, soul and disco-ball sparkle. Trio De Femmes’ anarchic concoction of Butoh, song, storytelling and clowning, generate a dynamic narrative on modern life and loving in the #MeToo era; sharing shadows, secrets and real life experiences growing up in an unpredictable and complex age.

Tickets: £10, available soon from the Oxford Playhouse.


Saturday 13th July 2019 — 10.00 am - 4.30 pm

Workshop with Trio De Femmes: The Heroine’s Journey — navigating personal mythology

Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, OX3 0PH

A wonderful chance to work with the 'Trio De Femmes' Sheri Brown, Lela Besom, and Marina White Raven of the DAIPANbutoh Collective.

This transformational butoh-inspired workshop will feature explorative dance, meditation, visual art and self-enquiry. Sheri, Lela, and Marina will create a progressive journey into and beyond self, each taking the lead at a specific part of the process, connecting with our subtle elemental body, dancing through matter, image, personal stories, and ancestral pasts into new unknown territories.

Cost: £45 (by 15/06) then £55.

Please contact Ayala Kingsley for more information and to book a place (places limited).


Saturday 24 August 2019 — 10.00 am - 4.30 pm

Cycles of Life Workshop — led by Cath Blackfeather, Ayala Kingsley, and Karen Goonewardene

Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, OX3 0PH

An immersive day of creative exploration and opportunity to return to the wellspring of our connection with the earth. As autumn approaches we will find our new beginnings, and as the planet moves towards the Equinox, of balance between light and dark. Through guided exercises and improvisation, we will explore the eternal themes of life and death, creation and destruction, loss and grief, regeneration and hope.

Shared between the three session leaders, this workshop will use a variety of simple butoh techniques and visualisations, props, sound, and other stimuli, to facilitate deep connection and authentic movement in a day of discovery, grounding, and inspiration.

Cost: only £20!

Please contact Ayala Kingsley for more information and to book a place (places limited).


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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