Butoh Training for the Performer
January 14, 12-3pm
January 15, 1-4pm
Cost: $70/both days or $35/single day. (full workshop is recommended)
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The 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.
This 2-day/6-hour workshop is an opportunity to explore the basics of butoh. Through rigorous physical training, improvisational studies and fine-tuning of the kinetic sense, the student will gain an understanding of a practice that among other things, develops freedom of expression and a method for generating original material. Suitable for dancers, artists and performers of all types, as well as anyone interested in exploring and developing their own creative body. Previous dance experience is not required, but you should be willing to move.
The workshop will conclude with an informal performance at Pieter on Sunday, January 15, 4:30-5:30pm.
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.
Photo: Lisa Wahlander, Pictured: Maya Gingery