Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre and voice artist Anne L Ryan join forces to create a highly original and eccentric piece of physical theatre, combining butoh dance with an extraordinary vocal landscape, for forthcoming performances at the Old Fire Station.  A woman is searching for meaning and balance in her life, moving between the sensory, material world of the Lion and the spiritual realm of the Unicorn to find her one, true desire.  Inspired by the intriguing medieval tapestries The Lady and The Unicorn, The Heart’s Desire uses both voice and movement to present a quirky and playful exploration of our five senses – taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight – and their rôle in our lives.

Performances: Friday 13th and Saturday 14th June, 8.00pm

The Old Fire Station, George Street, OX1 2AQ
Tickets £13 (concessions £11)
Tickets available from Tickets Oxford here  or Tel: 01865 376478

Café Reason is an experimental performance group specialising in butoh – an iconoclastic dance form that originated in post-war Japan.  Since its establishment in Oxford in 1997, Café Reason has sought to extend the boundaries of perception and interpretation of the human body and human experience.

Anne L. Ryan is a voice artist, musician and composer.  The Heart’s Desire has been a project in gestation since she first saw The Lady and The Unicorn tapestries in 1999.  As well as performing and writing original works, Anne teaches and leads the Eynsham Community Choir.

Find out more about The Heart’s Desire and Café Reason here

More information about Anne L. Ryan here

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The Heart’s Desire project is supported by Arts Council England and Culture Fund, Oxford City Council.