Butoh: Deconstruct the Darkness

By April 11, 2020 FEATURED, PRACTICE 8 Comments

Taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Becoming air, ocean, cloud, mountain… manifests uniquely for each individual, arising from the ground that nourishes the dance. The culture and training of each individual infuses Butoh dance with vital new perspectives and flavors.

Digging into self-formation ripens the dancer’s transformation process. Physical precision combines with imagistic prompts. Dance through unreasonable terrains. Suspend time. Complex and nuanced forces shape the momentary gesture, the pathway of the eyes.

Exercises develop energy-efficient motion and connectivity to build clarity and stability. With this foundation, enter the chaotic stream of life. Become wild. Let go. Enter an unknown world. Build the strength to allow weakness. Dance belongs to mystery.

Stanford University Lecture by Shinichi


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