Registration for 4/28 - 6/15/14 session now OPEN!

Butoh (4/26/14)


Saturday 4/26/14 2:30pm to 4:30pm
with Clinton Zimmerman

Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or inspired movement. Its preoccupation is with adaptation; each dance grows up out of the fault lines in human cultures that bring our societies again and again into conflict, devastation, and alienation from the natural world. It typically involves organic, playful and dark imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments or situations, with a slow hyper-controlled motion. Butoh challenges and attempts to transform preconceptions of the mind, of the body, and of movement; to bring greater attention and sensitivity to how we perceive and interact with the world. Most butoh exercises use image work to varying degrees: from the razor blades and insects, to threads and water jets, to a rod in the body. There is a general trend toward the body as “being moved,” from an internal or external source, rather than consciously moving a body part. A certain element of “control vs. uncontrolled” is present through many of the exercises. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japan.

No dance, performance, or stage history needed for this art form!

Fundamental concerns of the butoh dancer:

Finding new ways to live, and new bodies to live in.
Learning to understand the value of each life and each death.
The interconnection of all things.
Coming to terms with the past.
The manifestation of all things through the dancer’s body.
How do we behave once we know we are connected to everything.

Please bring:

  • Comfortable, stretchy clothing that you can move in
  • A water bottle
  • This is a mature teen and adult class, please contact us if you have a younger student who is interested in taking this class.

$25 per student

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