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Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre

La Table performance at Freud

Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre is an experimental performance group specialising in butoh, the iconoclastic dance form that originated in postwar Japan.

Based in Oxford, Café Reason is the only permanent butoh company in the UK outside London and has achieved a fine reputation for its innovative theatre, site-specific and improvised performances. Its members at any one time are drawn from many backgrounds, each bringing to the group their different bodies, training, skills, and life experiences.

From its establishment in 1997, Café Reason has been committed to an ongoing process of exploration. Its regular classes experiment with form and movement, and its developing body of work aims to extend the boundaries of perception and the interpretation and expression of universal human experience. Its work increasingly displays a synergy with other artists and art forms, combining dance with original music, poetry, installation art, and video.

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