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pieceofyou
Ayala Kingsley in rehearsal for 'Piece of You'
(Photo: Michelle Azdajic)


Dolls' House, Butterfly, 19 Dec
Ana Barbour in 'Sill'
from 'Dolls' House', Pegasus Theatre, 2016
(Photo: Paul Freestone)


Class flyer
Classes flyer (click to see PDF)

Mortimer Hall class
Class at Mortimer Hall (Photo: Robin Cooke)

Yael Karavan
Yael Karavan

Diamond Night 17
Diamond Night 17
Diamond Night 17
Diamond Night 16
Diamond Night #17 (Photos: Alan Frank/Bruno Guastalla)

Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Mad Hatter's Tea Party
'Mad Hatter' improvisations at Heath Farm, 2017
(Photos: Robin Cooke)


Rousham
Rousham
Rousham — the arcade and the octagon pool
(Photos: Ana Barbour)


Ana Barbour
Ana Barbour in Rope Rock R…

Minster Lovell
Minster Lovell
Minster Lovell
Ayala, Ana, Karen, Cath, and Robin at Minster Lovell
(Photos: Robin Cooke and Ana Barbour)


Dolls' House
Limina flyer
(Photo: Paul Freestone; design Ayala Kingsley)

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Welcome to our Diary page. After a busy 20th-anniversary year in 2017, as well as the loss in November of our dear, extraordinary, gifted, and irreplaceable Ana Barbour, we have been having a quiet 2018.

However, we are developing several short pieces for performance over the year. These include Piece of You (a tribute to Ana) for the Cowley Road Carnival, and Random Variable (for the IF Science Festival). Both pieces will also be performed as work-in-progress at the next in our Diamond Night series of open arts evenings.

Classes: Our open butoh classes will continue over the summer. They run approximately every two weeks, in alternating venues. See the Classes page for more information. We are also pleased to be able to offer an all-day butoh workshop this summer, led by Yael Karavan.

Limina: If you haven't visited our website before, do have a look at the Limina page, featuring our most recent (20th-anniversary) major performance, which took place last December. There are photos, video clips, and a link to our splendid archive photo exhibition.

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2018

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
July 1st — Piece of You
Aug 25th — Yael Karavan workshop
Sep 22nd — Diamond Night #18
Oct 13th — Random Variable
Nov
Dec


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 Ana 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 22th 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!


Saturday 13th October 2018 — 3.00 pm

Random Variable

Long Room, Oxford Town Hall, St. Aldates

This semi-improvised piece will be performed as part of the Oxford 'IF' Science Festival. It will integrate with a presentation by Juliet Henderson on 'Mutability in Research Writing and Dance' and will explore the ways established patterns and conventions can be disrupted and transformed.

Cost: Free (booking details in due course).



2017

Jan
Feb 3rd — Retrospective film night
Mar 25th — Diamond Night #17
Apr 21st — Retrospective film night
May 6th — Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Jun 3rd — Rousham Gardens: dance for film
Jun 17th — Yumino Seki workshop
Jul 15th — OLd Fire Station: performance by Ana Barbour
Aug 5th — Minster Lovell Hall: site-specific improvisations
Sep 23rd — Workshop with Macarena Ortuzar
Oct 13th — Retrospective film night
Nov
Dec 4th-11th — Freud Café: 20 years of Café Reason Exhibition
Dec 10th — Freud Café: 'Limina' performance



Friday 3rd February 2017 — 7.00 pm

Film Night 1

1 Westbury Crescent, OX4 3RZ
(Courtesy of Malcolm Atkins)
Bring a dish and/or drink to share and a cushion/beanbag to sit on.

This is an informal evening, showing some rarely-seen footage from our earlier performances (specially digitised for us by Peter Jones). See if you can spot the younger versions of us or past members (or even yourselves). We will be screening more recent work in a separate film night later in the year. As space is limited, please contact Ayala Kingsley to reserve a place.


Saturday 25th March 2017 — 8.00 pm

Diamond Night #17

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

The seventeenth 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!


Friday 21st April 2017 — 7.00 pm

Film Night 2

1 Westbury Crescent, OX4 3RZ
(Courtesy of Malcolm Atkins)
Bring a dish and/or drink to share and a cushion/beanbag to sit on.

This is an informal evening, showing some excerpts from our post-millennium performances, including theatre pieces (e.g. The 'If' Path, Precarious Footing) and site-specific work (e.g. at the Botanic Garden). We will be screening more recent shows in another film night later in the year. As space is limited, please contact Ayala Kingsley to reserve a place.


Saturday 6th May 2017 — 2.30-6.00 pm

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Heath Farm, Swerford, near Chipping Norton, OX7 4BN

A great opportunity to create a surreal wonderland! There will be costumes, an open stage, picnic blankets, improvising, eating, sharing, games, fire… and a huge yurt, in case the weather is not as kind as it could be.

The whole family is welcome, with plenty of space to run free or lie down and relax. Please bring food to share. Dress as colourful or quirky as you like. If you're not up to playing/performing, then come as guests to the Mad Hatter's Tea Party and lend your eyes and ears to whatever unfolds.


Saturday 4th June 2017 — 1.00-6.00 pm

Dance for film at Rousham

In another 20th anniversary event, Café Reason returns to one of its favourite locations — the unspoilt 18th-century landscape gardens of Rousham House, near Lower Heyford (OX25 4QU). Filming in this stunningly romantic setting, with its pools and classical follies, has been a work-in-progress for several years. We will revisit some of these special places in the garden to create new footage, which we hope to show later in the year.


Saturday 17th June 2017 — 10.00 am-4.30 pm

Yumino Seki workshop: butoh with somatic approach

Mortimer Hall, Old Marston, OX3 0PH

The somatic approach is the study of a 'person' as a living, functional body, integrating the body, mind, and emotion, while using movement as the main exploratory tool. Shifting attention from 'action' to 'active listening', we investigate unique, individual expression. Using sensory experience as guidance, we will make an enquiry into the transformative nature of the body, where process becomes the work itself.

Yumino Seki is a Japanese butoh practitioner and a certified somatic movement educator and therapist, who has trained with Tadashi Endo, Yumiko Yoshioka, Carlotta Ikeda, and others. Concerned with the authenticity of the temporal body and informed by the cultural depth and diversity of both the UK and Japan, her work has been a gradual exploration of collective and self-identity.

"My work starts from trust; trusting that the body has its own intelligence and experience. Not moving, but being moved. Raw yet subtle, meditative yet self-destructive, stark yet sensual. Conflict and harmony co-exist in an ambiguous way. I explore and reflect the inner self, where the body becomes mere 'being' and where a point of transformation occurs."

£40 in advance, £50 on the door. Please contact Ayala Kingsley for more information and to book a place.


Saturday 15th July 2017 — 7.30 pm

Old Fire Station: performance by Ana Barbour

Oxford Dance Forum showcases a mix of new work from five artists, including our own lovely Ana Barbour in Rope, Rock, R…, which she first presented at Diamond Night #16. For tickets, contact the Old Fire Station.


Saturday 5th August 2017 — 1.00-6.00 pm

Minster Lovell Hall: site-specific improvisations

An afternoon of improvised dance pieces in the wonderful, romantic setting of this ruined 14th-century manor house by the River Windrush. This was the site of our co-production with Coral Arts in 2000, The Forest That Sailed Away. Bring a picnic, a blanket, an umbrella, and your favourite costume. For more information contact Ayala.


Saturday 23rd September 2017 — 11.00 am-5.00 pm

Outdoor workshop with Macarena Ortuzar

Michael's Folly, Henderson Place, Epping Green, Hertfordshire, SG13 8NE

This is an opportunity to take part in a day-long intensive workshop at Fabrizia's beautiful Strawbale Dance Studio and in the surrounding natural environment.

The work will focus on bringing back the spirit of physical practice, as well as the exploration of a dance coming from the environment, and will be based on the principles of Body Weather and its transformations through time. We will observe carefully the distance between body and space and the speed in which we move in response to the relationships created between our imagination and the senses.

For more information contact Fabrizia.

Macarena Ortuzar is a solo artist and experienced dance teacher, currently based in Oxford. Her vision of a dance/body is strongly influenced by her time spent as member of the Tokason Butoh Troupe in Japan, led by dance maker Min Tanaka (creator of Body Weather) and the somatic approach to the body in transition.


Friday 13th October 2017 — 7.00 pm

Film Night 3

1 Westbury Crescent, OX4 3RZ
(Courtesy of Malcolm Atkins)
Bring a dish and/or drink to share and a cushion/beanbag to sit on.

This is the last of our retrospective film nights, showing edits of more recent theatre performances, such as Matrix and Dolls' House, some Diamond Night excerpts, and brand-new site-specific work filmed at Rousham Gardens. As space is limited, please contact Ayala Kingsley to reserve a place.


Sunday 10th December 2017 — 6.00 pm

Limina performance

Freud café-bar, Walton Street, OX2 6AH

This 'cabaret-style' performance was conceived as an Extra-Shiny-Diamond-Night — that is, a mix of pieces devised by different members of the group and presented in an informal setting. Following a week-long exhibition of archive material, and the last of our 20th-anniversary events, we hope the evening will have a party atmosphere and be a splendid celebration of Café Reason's originality and creativity. (See the Limina page for more about the show.) Tickets (£8 in advance) can be booked online from Eventbrite. Wine, beer, cocktails, and other drinks, as well as delicious party food, will be available to purchase.


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