Butoh is a form of Dance Theatre originally from Post World War II Japan that rejects traditional notions of modern dance. Using transformation, the body plays with qualities and images with total disregard to the intentional creation of ‘beautiful’ movements, instead giving space for the body to authentically connect to its inner landscape, letting that be seen.
In this Butoh-inspired workshop, will explore perception through movement. Perception contrasts with expression, since nothing is pushed or forced to the surface. Instead, we’ll be experiencing ourselves and the environment through our bodies, and creating space to allow the dance to emerge from stillness.
Butoh is a form of performance art. After the improvised movement we will capture and expand the experience through drawing. This process is another way to give form to feelings and to explore further.
No dance or movement experience necessary. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in an afternoon of gentle movement and exploration!
“Your eyes are wide open. While not focusing on anything in particular, it still strikes me that you’re forever seeking after something…Instead look at us with your entire body, let your whole body and soul become your eyes.” ~ Kazuo Ohno
Jess is a dancer and psychotherapist, accredited with IAHIP, who is interested in ways of giving form to feelings. Having trained in classical ballet, modern and African dance, she has been exploring Butoh for the past six years and has worked with Butoh masters Minako Seki, Masaki Iwana and Yumiko Yoshioka. She is also researching how this embodied art form can be applied in a therapeutic context. She trains with her dance group, Kage Butoh in Dublin.