liminal /ˈlɪmɪn(ə)l/ (adj.)
Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold

At the winter solstice, as the earth tilts fractionally once more towards the sun, in the glimmering pre-dawn stillness, at the moment before waking when the dream dissolves, or just before sleep as the moorings of consciousness are let slip, or as the last breath leaves the body and the soul drifts away, or at the point when the old order is left behind and the new is all ahead – these liminal states and the possibilities they suggest are explored in Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre‘s new, part-improvised show Limina.

With this theme of beginnings and endings, transition, and duality, the company looks back to its past and forward to its future, with a ‘cabaret-style’ performance that offers an eclectic mix of reimagined early work and fresh choreography from newer members – a dreamlike series of short butoh-inspired pieces, combined with live music and video. Long-term collaborators Malcolm Atkins, Bruno Guastalla, and Pete McPhail will provide an exciting and original musical interpretation.

For this once-only performance, the climax of Café Reason’s 20th anniversary programme, and preceded by an exhibition of archive images, film, and costumes, the company returns to its first-ever venue, the iconic Freud café-bar on Walton Street, with its unique architecture and atmosphere, licensed bar and tempting menu, for a creative and celebratory evening.

Performance:  The exhibition will run from Sunday December 3 until Monday December 11 and the performance will be on Sunday December 10. Doors open at 6.00 pm and the show begins at 7.00, finishing by 9.30 pm, with a 30-minute interval. There will be table seating, and food and drink can be bought during the interval as well as before and after the show. There will be delicious canapé platters available to purchase, ideal for sharing.

Venue:  Freud Café-bar, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH

Tickets: £8 (excluding refreshments) in advance from Eventbrite or £10 on the door (cash only). We encourage you to buy online as places are limited, and early booking will help us gauge numbers and cater efficiently.

Café Reason gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Arts Council England and Oxford City Council.
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