The Butoh sessions led by Florencia Guerberof introduce Butoh, a Japanese Avant-Garde dance theatre movement originated in Tokyo in 1959 by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno with a focus on the assimilation of its principles in a contemporary context.

The physical practice is supported by theory, recommended bibliography on Butoh, Japanese Aesthetics and visual art materials.

Where: London South Bank University, UK

When: 16 & 23 NOV 2018

Deadline for applications: 15th & 22nd NOV

The Butoh Training Program departs from a theoretical base on the fundamental principles that support the practice of Butoh. The dance movement is investigated in relation to modern art, philosophy, literature, theatre and cinema in the historical and political context of Japan and the West.

The physical training focuses on a state of emptiness that allows the body to transit infinite transformations. The notion of nothingness is approached from a Taoist perspective.

The movement practice is rooted in Japanese concepts of simplicity, stillness, silence, invisibility and impermanence. The physical work departs from breath as a vital force animating the body. It focuses on a history of the body walking in- between life and death.

Butoh is explored through different imagery, providing different methods of accessing concrete materials from nature through the body. The physical work is articulated through the tangible experience of the performer with different objects, their absence and their subsequent process of internalization.

It offers techniques for improvisation as well as it investigates Tatsumi Hijikata’s choreographic process.

The training aims at opening new doors in the performer’s creation process.
The sessions encourage a creative assimilation of the ideas triggered by Butoh towards the discovery of a specific area of interest relevant to the dancer, actor and artist’s own practice in the search for a personal physical language.

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Costs for participants: £25 per 4 hrs session

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