Welcome to our Diary page. 2018 has been a quiet year for Café Reason, after a very busy 20th-anniversary 2017. Nevertheless, we put on a range of creative events: in addition to our regular butoh classes, we hosted an inspiring workshop with Yael Karavan and a Diamond Night of high-standard work-in-progress. We also developed and performed two contrasting new group pieces: Random Variable (for the 'IF' Oxford Science & Ideas Festival) and 'Piece of You' in memory of Ana Barbour.
We already have plans for 2019, including a commission from the University of Hertfordshire to perform in their annual music festival SonicHerts, for which we will be creating new work on the theme of climate change: more on this in due course.
Classes: Next year, our open butoh classes will continue to run approximately every two weeks, but they will be Saturday mornings only, at Mortimer Hall in Old Marston, rather than alternating Fridays and Saturdays at different venues. See the Classes page for dates and more information.
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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.
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
...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
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
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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