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Butoh Workshop 2022

Butoh: between material/immaterial

‘It is you that opens the door to the world of Butoh now.’ (Waguri, 1998)

Led by Marie-Gabrielle Rotie 

With Live sound by Nick Parkin 

January 22nd 3pm to 7pm 

January 23rd  11am to 4 pm


Venue: Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, London E3 5QZ 



Butoh notation (Butoh-fu) is a method of ‘choreography’ that uses words to create an imaginative time and space, physicalizing imagery. Taking inspiration from the late Yukio Waguri’s systematic notation of Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata’s ‘butoh-fu’, we will create our own more improvisatory and personal investigations of what it might mean to shift between the material and the immaterial. In particular we will focus on entering an internal ‘world of walls’ exposing the body to processes of density, becoming stone, erosion, decay. This is then contrasted with an exploration of ‘the world of anatomy’ with a focus on melting, oozing and viscerality. We then bring these two worlds together into a free dance of transformation. Methodologies of both choreographic form, structured and free improvisation are explored and the workshop is suitable for all levels of experience. Rotie’s teaching draws upon her long engagement and study since 1993 with the lineages of both Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, and her teaching brings together strong technical and physical training, balanced with a focus on creative and imaginative playfulness.   


Marie-Gabrielle Rotie has trained in Butoh since 1993 and has been active teaching nationally and internationally for over 20 years. She is a permanent member of staff at Goldsmiths University of London in Theatre and Performance. In the last year she has worked as choreographer for the film director Robert Eggers, creating movement for Anya Taylor Joy and Willem Dafoe and Alexander Skarsgaard (The Northman, release date April 2022) and featured in several forthcoming short films and music videos as a dancer.

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