Weekly Classes 2020
due to coronovirus remaining classes are now cancelled.
Biographies of Teachers and Class Approach.
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'.
Nick Parkin (Butoh and Martial Arts and working with sound and with nature)
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. He also focuses on movement in relation to sound, and movement drawing upon his long practice of working in the landscape.