For performers, dancers and everyone interested in delving into the moment through movement!
Mindfulness in Motion - BUTOH
Poetry through Movement
My butoh style combines performance with zen philosophy, and is a semantic approach to the use of slow motion movement.
Slowing down to connect with our deeper layers and allow more awareness.
Butoh is a form of dance theatre that evolved in Japan after the end of WWII.
As a unique art form is known to "resist fixity" and be difficult to define.
The technical approach can be described as a series of cues largely based on incorporating visualizations that directly affect the nervous system, producing qualities of movement that are then used to construct the form and expression of the dance.
Continuing my explorations on my teacher's (Moeno Wakamatsu) unique Butoh style 'Sculpting Time', and my previous workshop's theme 'Breathing Qualities' and 'Sensing the Invisible’, in my workshops I focus on strengthening the psychophysical awareness and on how to experience mindfulness in movement. My research draws elements and is inspired by ancient greek philosophy and mythology and my own experience in performing ancient greek drama, phenomenology and anthropology as well as zen poetry (Haikus). You can see some of my current Mindfulness in Motion projects here.
Using exercises and games from Butoh, Qigong and Tai Chi and working with the principles of the Alexander technique, we will delve into the dimension of time in a unique way, by exploring new body - mind connections and full presence in the moment through movement.
Transforming space and time by bringing mindfulness into each moment , so that the performer and the performance become part of a breathing entity. The main objectives are : How to use movement in performance to transform negative emotions and release whatever heavy we have been carrying, and in consequence, how by applying certain psychophysical procedures on their own self, can the performer communicate the meaning of the piece and touch the hearts of the audience. An indirect approach to share the experience that everything is connected.