workshops  2014





Natsu Nakajima Workshop


June 2nd to 6th from 1-5pm each day

Chisenhale Dance Space, 64- 84 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ (Mile End or Bethnal Green tube)


Cost is £250 pounds full price or £230 pounds concessions.*

Payment by bank transfer, paypal, cheque.

(international payments accepted)

Strictly no requests for cash payments please and all payments need to be made before the workshop commences.

Bookings:   Telephone 07840936268


Natsu Nakajima will explore various methods she has investigated through her movement work (Noguchi exercises, Katsugen, the butoh 'walks' etc.) in order to prepare pupils' bodies for butoh.

She will introduce pupils to the concept and use of butoh notation, or butoh-fu, in Hijikata’s work, and explore the relationship between language and the body in butoh processes more widely. Combining Hijikata’s choreographic methods with the improvisation intelligence taught by Kazuo Ohno, as well as her own history of choreography and performance, Nakajima will help develop sensitive improvisation work, choreographic aptitude, and performance integrity.




Natsu Nakajima (b. 1943 Sakhalin) has been one of the most prominent figures in butoh dance since its foundation in Tokyo in the 1960s, and one of its foremost pioneers abroad. Training under both Hijikata Tatsumi and Kazuo Ohno, Nakajima went on to establish her own dance company, Muteki-sha, in 1969, with whom she has been performing and choreographing internationally since the early 1980s. Her highly acclaimed performance of ‘Niwa’ at LIFT ‘83 (London) marked the beginning of this international touring career, and led to performances at festivals such as FIND (Montreal), the Nancy Festival, and the Sydney Biennale. In addition to her performance and choreographic work, Nakajima has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, and has been one of the forerunners of dance for the disabled in Japan.




Over Thirty Years On


Nakajima’s performance of Niwa (The Garden) at London International Festival of Theatre ’83 marked the beginning of her international career as a butoh dancer and choreographer. Having trained under both founders of butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, in the 1960s, and established her own company Muteki-sha in 1969, this performance in London was the first time her work had been shown outside Japan. It marked an important moment not only in Nakajima’s career, but also in the history of butoh, and in the international recognition of contemporary Japanese art more widely. Since then, Nakajima has choreographed and performed worldwide, at international festivals across Europe, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and in such venues as La Mama (New York), and Sydney Opera House. Nakajima’s performances have been highly acclaimed by reviewers in the New York Times and the L.A. Times among others, and she has received prizes from APAP in New York and the Canada Dance Festival, as well as an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship, for her work. Since that first visit, over thirty years ago, Nakajima has returned to London to perform at such reputable venues as The Place and ICA.


* (Full refund if cancelling 10 days before first day, and no refund for cancellations thereafter, unless we can fill your place with another participant)









Past workshop in 2014


Costume and Performance Workshop

with Marie-Gabrielle Rotie and Nick Parkin and Yuliya Krylova



February Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th.

11am to 5pm

Cost £100 pounds.


Venue: London Buddhist Arts Centre, Eastbourne House, Bullards Place, Bethnal Green, E2.

Payments is by bank transfer, paypal, cheque or cash.

Bookings: telephone 07840936268


'Costume is the performers universe.Fabric becomes another skin through which the performer can incarnate and transform'   (Marie-Gabrielle Rotie  2009).



This workshop examines the impact of costume in performance. How does the costume create a metamorphic world in which the peformer can inhabit, exist, explore and expand physicality? How can the costume work to highlight and harness other senses, energies, states of being? We will work with archetypal images and themes and with both pre-constructed costumes, created by Yuliya Krylova, as well as participants constructing simple assemblages. The workshop will reference Japanese Aesthetics, drawn for both Butoh and Japanese Theatre, with reference to distillation of movement, detail, minimalism and strong internal focus.


This workshop is suitable for actors, dancers, live artists, artists, designers, directors, sceongraphers and anyone interested in exploring the parameters of costume and movement.t


Marie-Gabrielle Rotie has previously been commissioned to create five choreographies from 2007 to 2011 for the London College of Fashion MA in Costume Design for Performance, showing at the Royal Academy, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadlers Wells and Cochrane Theatre.

She has collaborated on various shows since then with Yuliya Krylova including Leda and the Swan at the National Gallery 2013, with Sandra Arroniz Lacunza in Spain for 2010 to 2013, culminating in a large scale site-specific and costume led performance through the streets of Pamplona, and her current solo Mythic featured costume by Francesca Rios. She previously co-taught a costume workshop with Donatella Barbieri, Research Fellow in Design for Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum and featured as a performer/choreographer for Julianna Sissons, designer in residence at the V and A, 2012.


Yuliya V Krylova works as a costume designer with artists who specialise in physical theatre and devised performance. Upon graduating with an MA in costume design for performance from LCF, Yuliya has been working with Marie Gabrielle Rotie on several performance pieces based on improvisation led by original conceptual idea set within a shape of a costume.  Yuliya won London College of Fashion student of the year Award (2009), in the category of design for performance, her drawings have won awards and were exhibited April, 2011 “Drawing and the Body”, KG52 Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, and she was a participant designer in a collaboration with the National Gallery 2013.  


Nick Parkin trained in Fine Arts and Community Arts at Bradford Art College 1980 – 83 specializing in procession, masked performance and fire sculpture. He then later gained an MA in Electro-acoustic music composition at University of East Anglia 1998-1999.  

His live performances reflected his specialist training in dance, theatre and marital arts. Nick has taught environmental, site-specific, Butoh and sound workshops in UK and Internationally including for Laban, Siobhan Davies, Schloss Brollin research centre in East Germany, Bangor University North Wales, Commonwealth Institute London, Birmingham City Museum (mask making & movement workshops)  East 15 acting school University of Essex and Butoh UK.  


Yuliya Krylova


Nick Parkin


Marie-Gabrielle Rotie 


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