I am delighted that Atsushi will be teaching for us again. He tours internationally and has featured in many notable books and articles on Butoh. He is extremely popular as a teacher, with his unique style of teaching, reflecting his authentic, playful and charismatic approach. If anyone can truly claim the title Shamanist and Butoh teacher, it could only be Atsushi!
This workshop is open to anyone who loves to move and dance and no prior experience is needed.
- EMBRACE -
You have a thousand hands.
These thousand hands are able to extend to the universe.
You deeply embrace everything.
Then you can transform into those all.
You embrace all existence of Life and Death.
“Dance is devotion to life.”
I learned this while travelling nature fields called JINEN. This has never changed since old times and will never change. This means I should dance to “my life,” to the moment, and to now, which lasts forever.I got my body from the earth. I got my life from the sun and the moon, my parents, my friends and my love. So I’ll return the gifts to these universes. I’ll return them to others through a dancing body and soul. When I see a tiny flower selflessly, I meet a dance filled with the joy of “life.” And then, my body is filled up with the water of “life.” The seeds of memory inside me become a bud. The sounds of wind are the whispering of the earth. The sound of minerals is the muttering of machines. We hear the sounds of the universe through explosion and noise and stillness.
Oh, thousands of sounds, take our souls far away to our unknown world. As we travel, remind us of forgotten dances. On the sun and the moon, there are young men singing eternal songs at every place in the world. Let’s begin an ancient and modern fete of “relics of life” holding artifice and nature on earth. (Atsushi Takenouchi)
(Butoh dancer , choreographer)
Joined the butoh dance company “Hoppo-Butoh-ha“ in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company was "Takazashiki" (1984), which was worked on by butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata. Atsushi started his own theme “Jinen Butoh” in 1986, and created solo works “Itteki” and “Ginkan,” as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times, environments. He made a three-year “JINEN” tour project throughout Japan for 600 site-specific improvisations (1996–1999). Since this time, he has been inspired by the spirit of the universe of Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. Since 2002, he has been mainly based in Europe, working on Butoh dance collaboration projects with dancers and actors in Italy, France, Poland, Spain, U.S.A., South America, and other countries. Joining in festivals such as Paris Butoh Festival, NY Butoh Festival, Avignon off Festival, etc, he has been presenting his solo pieces. At the same time, he also collaborates with film makers. The recent work in Alaska and Hawaii, an environmental art film “Ridden by Nature” (by KiahKeya /2014) has received more than 20 film awards. (New York Int’l film festival 2016/ Martinique Int’l Film Festival 2015/ World Music & Independent Film Festival WMIFF 2016/ Polish Int’l Film Festival 2016/ Aviff Cannes Art Film Festival 2016/ and more )
(Musician; object sound, percussion and voice )
Expresses the sound from the air, space, movements, inner body, memory and transforms into the sound without bound melody or rhythm. Plays object sounds; stone, water, sea shells, toys, daily life objects and percussion; metal bowls, bells and voice. Her musical idea is to remind us there is subtle hidden voice and whispering of each object themselves around us. She let them out in resonance with respects for them. Her sounds are said as if it’s blowing a new life into the objects, and her expression evokes new sensation to the breath or movement of listeners. As for the voice, her voice arises from inner body and brings back our lost memories. Since 1999, she regularly accompanies Butoh dance performance and workshop of Atsushi Takenouchi as musician. Apart from dance, she collaborates also with film, sculptor, painter, poet, story teller, costume designer, various artists for exhibition, installation, etc. Solo CD “ eau nouvelle “ was released in 2009 (sometimestudio/Paris).