Voice artist: Anne L Ryan
Music: Spiegel im Spiegel

This solo physical theatre performance works with stillness, movement, voice and music.  I am always trying new ways to be present in live performance.  

This vignette is the first of a series of five. It connects with what Arvo Part calls 'a prism of light'. There is no narrative just the observation of what is happening now and the immediate affect it is having on us. 

This series will be developed over the next year and drawn together into a 40 minute solo vocal theatre piece. 
The audience is asked to capture the progression of their response(s) as the piece moves through the light prism.

  The sound of our voice is part of our individual identity. We are born with a unique vocal resonance that stays with us throughout our lives, changing, adjusting and moving through life's different stages.  Understanding this unique voice is a way of connecting with who we are.

  As therapists, our voice is part of our tool box. It is our responsibility to hone it and ensure that we can use it to communicate our genuine core self. Taking time to listen, hear and make vocal sound is a wonderful way to nourish and nurture ourselves and our voice.

More information: To book your place on this course, please telephone Banbury Therapy Centre on  01295 231320 or email Alternatively you can book online by clicking this link.


Performing songs old and new, singer songwriter, jazz, folk and more.


Come along and enjoy the experience of exploring your voice with a community of singers and lovers of song

Venue: The Music Room The Gables, Queens Street, Eynsham.

CostT £10.00   To book your place ring 01865 880858 or email

The Eynsham Folk Festival takes place from Friday, 27th June to Sunday 29th.








The four women musicians of Fractofusus met through the Oxford Improvisers. They use improvisation, music scores, extended vocality, individual and collaborative composition, pitched, unpitched, found and created sounds in performances of experimental and new music, ranging in style from conventionally notated scored and semi-scored pieces to completely free improvisation.

Musicians: Anne L Ryan (voice/vocals, crystal bowl), Camilla Cantata (trombone/piano/vocals), Jill Elliott (fiddles/vocals), Trish Elphinstone(saxophone/vocals).

For next performances see diary.

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Learn by ear and sing by heart 

Choir leader:  Anne L Ryan

Eynsham Community Choir invites new members to join the choir on Thursday nights.  The choir is open to singers, men and women who enjoy singing for fun. There are no auditions; the only essential ingredient is enthusiasm to sing your heart out.  We sing community songs from around the world as well as folk, ballad, chants, rounds, harmony, music hall, music theatre, jazz, and gospel.

Venue: The Music Room, Ferriers House, The Gables, Queen Street, Eynsham

If you wish to attend please ring 01865 880858 or email

Weekly meeting on Thursday, 7.30-9.30pm

Term dates: 2014-2015

Autumn term 2014       18 September to 11 December

Spring term 2015          08 January to 26 March

Summer term 2015       16 April to 9 July
















Cafe Reason Butoh Dance Theatre

and Anne L Ryan  present

The Heart's Desire   Original and eccentric physical theatre, combining butoh dance with an extraordinary vocal landscape.

Premiere 13th and 14th June, 8.00pm 

The Old Fire Station, George Street, OX1 2AQ    

The Heart's Desire - video highlights of live performance

Inspired by The Lady and the Unicorn—the six fascinating medieval tapestries displayed in the Cluny Museum, Paris—The Heart's Desire combines voice and movement to present an original, quirky and playful exploration of the senses and their role in our lives. Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre and voice artist Anne L Ryan join forces to create a unique piece of physical theatre. This seven-minute video offers highlights from the live performances at the Old Fire Station theatre in Oxford on 13 and 14 June 2014.

“Mesmerising, sensuous, resonant” (Audience feedback)

The Ashmolean Museum - August 2013 -  video of work in progress

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. Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre and voice artist Anne L Ryan join forces to create a highly original piece of physical theatre.

The Heart's Desire reveals a woman (“The Lady”) 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. Butoh, with its intense, mysterious quality, is an ideal medium to convey the psychological landscape of The Lady’s quest. 

By combining butoh with a vocal score the performers dissolve the boundary between these art forms. Voice is rarely used in butoh, so adding it brings a surprising and robust dimension to the silent worlds of both butoh and The Lady and The Unicorn tapestries. There are no words. The Heart's Desire is a playful and intriguing audience experience that captures life's grotesquerie, beauty, and humour in equal measure.

This major new work, by a dance company with an established history of exciting performance, is a collaboration with – and the inspiration of – voice artist Anne L Ryan. The score is mixture of original vocal music and found sounds which have been devised alongside the movement. The music score will be performed live by Anne and other musicians. 

The Heart's Desire takes as its source the six 15th-century Flemish tapestries 'La Dame à la Licorne’ (The Lady and the Unicorn), on display in the Cluny Museum, Paris. Each of the first five tapestries is thought to depict one of the senses – taste, touch, smell, hearing, and sight. The sixth tapestry bears an enigmatic inscription ‘À Mon Seul Désir’ (most often translated as To My One Desire). Its meaning is much debated and various interpretations have been put forward as to what the image represents. Is it the assertion of free will, the renunciation of worldly passions, or perhaps an internal, sixth sense – that of ‘understanding’?

Talking about what inspired her, Anne says: “When I stood in front of the huge tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn I was awestruck. They were powerful in size and meaning. I looked at the woman and wondered what her quandary was. I wanted to explore it in a performance piece. I had the idea that the performers could do this using all the senses.”

Ana Barbour, one of the Café Reason company talks about the development of The Heart’s Desire: “As dancers it has been a huge challenge to use our voices. For Anne this was a central feature of her proposed project. There is always the risk that by using both voice and movement we weaken both, but we hope we have found places where the combination creates a new and stronger experience for performers and audience alike.” 

Café Reason Butoh Dance Theatre is an experimental performance group specializing in butoh, the iconoclastic dance form that originated in post-war Japan. Based in Oxford, the company 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. [Café Reason] achieve the miracle of mixing the mystery and symbolism on which butoh feeds with lightness, energy and humour.




The sound of our voice is part of our individual identity. We are born with a unique vocal resonance that stays with us throughout our lives, changing, adjusting and moving through life's different stages.

Understanding this unique voice is a way of connecting with who we are.

Core Vocal Connection workshops offer you an opportunity to explore your voice. The workshops are designed to improve the tonal quality and pitch for singing or speaking and to help you understand the unique sound of your voice. Taking time to listen, hear and make vocal sound is a wonderful way to nourish and nurture ourselves and our voice.

In the workshops we play with vocal sound using pitched (sung) and unpitched (unsung) sounds, vocal improviations and experimentation, incorporating silence, rhythm and movement as appropriate.

The workshops end by creating a group vocal improvisation.  

Cost: £30 advance. £40 OTD. (£35 conc).

Places are limited so advance booking is advised. Book here.

Contact: or phone: 01865 880858




Core Vocal Connection - a voice workshop led by Anne L Ryan
Tuesday, 7 May 2013 - at the Festival of Counselling & PsychotherapyThe Banbury Therapy Centre, 69 Oxford Rd., Banbury OX16 9AJ

This workshop uses vocal sound as a healing therapy. We will focus on
making sound with the embodied voice.

Working physically from the core, we will work with loosening up the
body (physical movement), learning some breathing exercises, and
experimenting with our individual unique sound. We will play with
pitched and unpitched sounds, singing a round to finish off the

The workshop aims to encourage the therapist’s awareness of the power
of the voice. Through listening and awareness we start to hear the
subtle resonances that can reflect an emotional state.


An evening exploring Butoh dance presented by Cafe Reason, Oxford. 

"...with an eye made quiet... we see into the life of things." 
(William Wordsworth) 

Café Reason Explorations in performance, Oxford (Butoh)

A series of bi-monthly arts evenings, hosted by Café Reason, to bring uncut performance gems to a wider audience., Diamond Nights is an informal platform for sharing new performance ideas, choreographies, experiments, and collaborations. 

Venue: Drama Studio, Oxford Brookes, Headington Hill Campus, Oxford.