This 2-day/6-hour workshop is an opportunity to explore the basics of butoh. Each class will include rigorous physical training to awaken the body and mind, imagination studies that explore the universe of possibilities within us and somatic fine-tuning that creates deeper focus and awareness of the body in space and time.
The performance art form known as Ankoku Butoh is almost indefinable. There is no fixed methodology or codified practice. Yet there is a lineage and tradition, beginning with its most famous architects, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. Any study of this artistic practice, as dance, theatre or performance art begins with their methods and an exploration of the body as medium.
Day One will focus on improvisation and the generation of original material. Day Two will explore the choreographic methods of Tatsumi Hijikata. The student will gain an understanding of a practice that develops expressive freedom, performative flexibility and autonomous strategies. Suitable for dancers, actors, artists and performers of all types, as well as anyone interested in discovering their own creative body. Previous dance experience is not required, but you should be willing to move.
Maya Gingery is a performing artist, dancer, choreographer, musician and teaching artist. She has studied butoh since 1989, spending a decade in Japan exploring with butoh artists Min Tanaka, Kazuo Ohno and disciples of Tatsumi Hijikata. She has presented her work in the US and Japan, as a soloist and with other notable artists. She was most recently a soloist in the Four Larks production of “Homeric Hymns” at the Getty Villa.