Butoh Dance for Performing Arts

We propose an annual course, divided into 9 monthly intensives whorkshops, for immersion and psychosomatic training in Butoh Dance, through the original techniques developed from Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno butoh masters to contemporary ones.

An approach to reach the state of no-mind, Butoh-Tai and transfiguration versatility, supported by the studies of modern Neuroscience and through the integration between Western Physical Theater universal tecnhniques with the Eastern masters methods.

We will focus on contemporary stage creation, with the aim to develop our own stage language, but recovering an instinctive form of communication with the audience.

PARTICIPANTS & REQUERIMENTS

Intended for advanced students and international performing arts professionals working in the fields of theater, dance, performance, circus arts, dramaturgy and/or stage direction.

A brief BIO, the interest or motivation to take the course and/or a personal interview  will be required for registration.

Our intensive whorkshops can be taken independently, but also quarterly or annually. However, it will be necessary to have completed the entire program in order to obtain the certificate of the regular course.

For more information and pre-inscription send an e-mail to luciacallen@gmail.com

CALENDAR & PRICES

Check the price of each intensive and the exact dates per month (you will be able to access cumulative discounts for each intensive you take)

Next date: NOVEMBER 2023

BUTOH DANCE & NEW THEATER

Butoh Dance is an avant-garde performative dance started in post-war Japan, in 1959, as a counterculture movement, to deconstruct the theatrical and dance tradition and to recover an ancestral form of emotional communication through movement.

Over the years, and after West diffusion, it has become an original artistic expression with a unique own style as using the body as an element of revolution. Butoh dance delves into the mystery of the flesh through the exercise of involuntary and grotesque movements, in a perpetual metamorphosis and transfiguration and emodying different elements of nature or universal archetypes, and challenging the traditional concepts of beauty and identity in the performing arts.

“Butoh is a danced lament, a twisting of the human condition.”

Rebeca Gómez Cifuentes.Butoh dance. Ethics and aesthetics of the body turned outward.

Butoh style was developed out from many of the reactionary attitudes and experimental movement of Shingeki, a movement that emerged after World War II in Japan, which pursued a new form of theatrical expression for the deconstruction of the traditional concept of Western theater that had been integrated into Japanese popular theater.

Despite this, Butoh uses a movement vocabulary based on many of the classical techniques of oriental theater, as well as traditional dances, for decoding them , and also adding a particular intuitive exploration for the expression of eroticism, violence, grotesque, diabolical nature and spirituality that drags history and culture into our singular movements and actitudes.

For a better intercultural approach to this dance, in a way that allows us to understand in depth butoh aesthetics and, at the same time, to create our own artistic expressive form, we propose first the psychophysical immersion through training into pre-expressive work, using techniques that include both, the basic techniques of Western physical theater and anthropological theater, as well as other original butoh techniques from different eastern butoh masters, in order to achieve Butoh-Tai state, and also developing our scenic-spatial awareness in a gradual and synchronous way. Once we have acquired this discipline intuitively, we will be ready to perform embodiment processes in movement, developing our unique topography and body vocabulary, and making our own scenic proposals which could include our singular poetic and interdisciplinary background.

 PROGRAM & CONTENTS