Butoh: Deconstruct your Darkness

By April 11, 2020 FEATURED, PRACTICE 8 Comments

Never fixed in culture or time, this dance remains a personal investigation. 
Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Examine bodily actions through the filters of image (ie: your feet have melted), condition (ie: become rigid like a corpse) and ethos (ie: your body is not your own). Develop energy-efficient and fluid states through which impulses can travel through the body with minimal resistance. Then, limit movement to create intensive examinations within small frames. Send power through the system and then drain it and sink weight until the most essential and poignant impulses remain. The training will encourage physical and mental receptivity as well as precise physical engagement. Build a coherent body ready to embrace the chaotic stream of the subconscious.

In the end, who knows what Butoh Dance is. It belongs to mystery. Prepare to enter the deconstruction, not knowing the outcome. Walk or crawl or roll. Develop basic relations with spiral, extension, contraction and the release of weight that brings motion. Take apart the ordinary, the habitual, to transform the dance.

We integrate improvisation approaches with physical training.

Butoh ist niemals in einer bestimmten Kultur oder Zeit verankert und bleibt so eine persönliche Untersuchung. Körperliche Handlungen werden durch die Filter von Bildern (z. B.: deine Füße sind geschmolzen), Zuständen (z. B.: steif werden und wieder erweichen) oder Fragen des Ethos (z. B.: dein Körper gehört dir nicht) betrachtet. Das Training fördert körperliche und geistige Aufnahmefähigkeit, physische Präzision sowie den Aufbau eines vernetzten Körpers, der bereit ist, den chaotischen Fluss seines Unterbewusstseins anzunehmen.

Stanford University Lecture by Shinichi


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