BUTOH

Butoh is a contemporary avant-garde dance-theatre form that originated in Japan. It has been described
as a holistic dance of transformation, of complete presence, of universal archetypes and rich imagery
expressed through the body (instead of through words). It combines dance, theatre, improvisation
and ritual, drawing on many artistic traditions for its inspiration (Surrealism, Expressionism,
Absurdism, to name a few).

 

Butoh develops absolute presence, a deep physical awareness, a rich imagination, courage, and the
ability to be highly expressive with the entire body.

 

It cultivates both the emotional and imaginative life of the actor, dancer or physical theatre performer. Drawing from Zen Zen Zo director Lynne Bradley’s extensive collaboration with Japanese butoh theatre company, Dairakudakan, classes will cater to both the beginner and the more experienced student/artist.

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