Weekly Classes  Autumn   2018


About the Classes


Drop in classes operate throughout the term, so don't worry if you've missed a few or nearly all, as we teach unique units, accommodating all participants. Some students have attended the classes for many years, and there are also each term complete beginners, so the classes are geared towards all levels of ability. Students come from art and performance backgrounds or are just non-professionals interested in moving. The age range of students is from age 19 through to age 70+. Each teacher will have their own way of understanding Butoh and the content will be sometimes markedly different, which is the beauty of this  approach to movement.


Week by Week Teacher Shedule Spring 2019

rota to be confirmed.





Biographies of Teachers and Class Approach.


Angelina Kornecka (Butoh and Art)


Angelina is a visual and performance artist, exhibited and performed nationally and internationally since completing MA in Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice/Poland. She began her Butoh studies with Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, and has since gone on to make her own movement, within the rhetoric of minimalism and visual images.  


Yuka Negoro (Post Butoh/Improvisation)


She is a Tokyo born London based dance maker and performer, mainly studied Post Butoh / improvisation dance in Japan. Since 2000, she has performed in galleries, site-specific locations and theatres presenting solo pieces or collaborating with other artists and musicians.


Her movement often combines the opposite element, impulsive and objective, fierce and gentle, mechanical and organic. Her interest is to let the body or body parts move as if they have their own spirits detached from her, seeking to meet the moment when the body starts to talk and takes her somewhere unknown.


Her main focus for teaching is to encourage participants to discover their own movement and expression through Butoh and beyond the field of Butoh by exploring the ways to connect imagination, sensation and the form.



Macarena Ortuzar (Butoh and Body Weather)


Macarena is a solo artist and experienced dance teacher from Chile, currently based in Oxford as an ongoing independent artist.Her own performance work and investigations in to dance and movement have been developing for over 20 years and are deeply  inspired by her experiences living and learning in  New York and  Japan as well as her present experiences teaching and performing in the UK.

Her vision of a dance/body is strongly influenced by her time spent as member of the Tokason Butoh Troupe in Japan led by dance maker Min Tanaka (creator of Body Weather) and the somatic approach to the body in transition.


Nick Parkin (Butoh and Martial Arts)


Nick has studied Butoh and movement since the 1980's and has then gone on to travel through careers as both a dancer, musician and composer. He studied intitially with Sankai Juku training in Paris, and then Noh with Yoshi Oida and Akira Matsu. Since 1993 he has studied Martial Arts in depth as a  Senior student with Lam Kam Chuen in Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung and a member of Master Lam’s ‘Da Cheung Chuan Zhan Zhuang’ Chi Kung Research Group UK.and he also studied Pakua Chang with Dr Xie Peiqi and ongoing training in the method of Park Bok Nam. this informs his approach to fusing Butoh with concerns around internal states, Chi and energy.


Marie-Gabrielle Rotie (Butoh and Post Butoh)


She  encountered Butoh in 1991 and since then has studied and collaborated with numerous Butoh masters, and most closely with the late Ko Murobushi. Her teaching is informed by her own practice as a succesful artist/ choreographer, carving her own aesthetic, emerging from, but quite distinct from the category of 'butoh'. Her approach aims to balance spirit and form, choreography and improvsation, the lineages of Hijikata and Ohno, and to communicate both the rigour or Butoh, but also allow space for inclusivity and for the creative journey and personal discovery of each participant. She does not therefore teach a 'style,' but a philosophical approach manifesting through the body. Her teaching focuses on the craft of 'making' in the moment and draws upon her interest in distillation, playing with time, transformation, and states of 'becoming'.  



Yumino Seki (Butoh and Somatics)


My movement work starts from trust; trusting that the body has its own intelligence & experience.  Not moving but being moved.  I explore and reflect the inner landscape where the body becomes mere ‘being’ and where a point of transformation occurs.  I question ways of communicating.


Yumino Seki is a U.K based independent dance artist, Butoh practitioner, performer, teacher and qualified somatic movement educator & therapist.  She was born in Japan and has trained in both classical and contemporary dance.


Her work is influenced by Butoh.  Collaborating with artists from diverse disciplines has given her a broad approach to her dance practice.  She has been interested in authenticity of the temporal body for many years resulting in many pieces, which are site responsive and improvised in nature.  Seki’s work crosses the boundaries of dance, performance art and installation.  Since 1999 she has trained and worked in Butoh predominantly with Tadashi Endo (Mamu Dance Theatre), Yumiko Yoshioka (TEN PEN CHii) both in Germany and Carlotta Ikeda (Ariadone) in France.


In 2007, her particular quest for sensory experience as an artistic expression took her forward to study VMI (Voice Movement Integration) Somatic Practice with Patricia Bardi in Amsterdam.


Seki’s work is informed by the cultural depth and diversity of both the UK and Japan. Her development in her dance has been a gradual exploration of both her collective and self-identity.