Butoh and the Art of Slow
This workshop is a rare opportunity to work intensively over a two day period alongside experienced Butoh practitioner Marie-Gabrielle Rotie and multidisciplinary artist Imogene Newland, working towards an informal performance showing at the end of day two, which will be open to the public.
The workshop can be taken as an informal invitation for participants to perform as part of a public showing at Citymoves Dance Agency, Aberdeen, on Sunday 17th April at 16.30, or can also just be taken in and for itself.
The focus will be on the creation of ensemble and solo material informed by Butoh, looking at how we can translate ideas into action through the ‘butoh paradigm’. Both improvisation and choreographic processes will be explored with a particular emphasis on the use of images, on scoring and on the delicious possibilities of slow motion and stillness with a particular sensitivity to time and space. It will explore the perceptual framework of slow motion and stillness to draw material from within, rather than from without, working towards an intensified ‘hyper-presence’. This use of slow motion and stillness invites a new level of embodied awareness through which the participant will be able to explore timeframes beyond the everyday.
The workshop introduces the core philosophy and aesthetics of Butoh as established by the historical founders Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno and aims to clarify the original foundation of Butoh in both Japanese and European influences. The teaching methods reflect inherited Butoh techniques and communicate the original vision of Butoh. The writings of both Hijikata and Ohno are elucidated, and links through images and choreographic techniques are made to their respective choreographic works. Participants will learn how to cultivate a receptive and responsive performing body, a body that does not simply create dance but a body that itself becomes danced through a process of inner transformation. My teaching is founded in the principle that Butoh is a re-evaluation of the body, of movement and of what we understand of the mind/body connection. I am not interested in encouraging people to copy the Japanese historical butoh. My aim is for participants to discover their own dance. The techniques taught are to release and expand the body so that it is free to transform, evolve and become. If butoh is to evolve it cannot be a copy but a living flower that comes from the heart.ʼ (Marie-Gabrielle Rotie 2010)
What participants need for the workshop
The participants will be required to:
- wear loose clothing
- Personal objects with which to work (brought / found by individual participants)