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Butoh-ka series 2023/24 

“Everybody can find their own butoh.” (Kazuo Ohno) 

 

You can choose to do  just One (or more) of the workshops as they are taught as independent entities. This series of five weekend workshops (totalling 75 hours) culminates in an informal sharing of material in the final workshop. The workshops are suitable for complete beginners to the very experienced, as in Butoh we work with ‘beginners mind’ and each step is one into an unknown dance. see Booking page for OFFERS 

Summary of dates 

10.30 to 5pm each day 

September Saturday 30th and Sunday October 1st 

November Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th

February  Saturday 10th  and Sunday 11 th 

March  Saturday 30th  and Sunday 31st

May Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th 

 

All five weekend workshops take place in our exciting new hosting venue: 

 

London School of Capoeira 

Unit 1 and 2, Leeds Place, London N4 3RF 

 

(Finsbury Park is nearest station) 

MAP Link 

 

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Butoh MA: encounters with the poetics of space/time

 

September 30th and October 1st/ studio 1 

10.30am to 5pm 

£200 (concessions and payment plans - see booking page) 

Booking page 

 

This workshop explores the unique approach to space/time in Butoh, we explore duration, endurance, limits, surrender, quietness, stillness and consider this in relation to space: the space between one body part and another, the spaces of inside/outside, the space between ‘you’ and ‘I’ and in so doing we might then find a poetic and spiritual space of form plus disappearance and dissolving. Simple tasks such as Walking, rising, falling, standing all become rich with possibility. 

 

From 10.30am to 12 noon we open with a thorough training session, that may draw upon diverse influences including Noguchi Tsai, Body Weather, gaga influences, martial arts, Tai-chi, mediation, and yoga. 

 

Live sound is provided by long term collaborator, award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Nick Parkin. 

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Butoh: Dancing from the Heart 

 

November 25/26 /studio 2

10.30am to 5pm  

£200  

(concessions and payment plans - see booking page or email me to make an arrangement ) 

booking page 

 

This workshop encourages a connection between form and feeling and is very much a homage to Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno (Rotie studied workshops with both in Japan and Europe). Kazuo was noted for his extraordinary ability to imbue gesture with strong emotive sensibility. We explore how to work with gesture, feeling, memories and emotions and our own internal narratives, mediated through the poetic image worlds of Butoh-fu. We will also dance with the shadow self and allow this to emerge as an entity and dive into Butoh’s genesis in a ‘dance of darkness’.

 

From 10.30am to 12 noon we open with a thorough training session, that may draw upon diverse influences including Noguchi Tsai, Body Weather, gaga influences, martial arts, Tai-chi, mediation, and yoga. 

 

Live sound is provided by long term collaborator, award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Nick Parkin. 

 

For those wishing to book the TWO weekends in 2023 then the price is reduced from £400 to £300 (non-refundable) and needs to be payed by September 15th. 

 

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2024 

 

Butoh and Scenography 1: costume 

 

February 2024, 10/11, studio 1 10.30am to 5pm 

£200 

(concessions and payment plans - see booking page or email me to make an arrangement ) 

booking page 

 

How does the butoh dancer work with costume and how does this open the relation to space/time? Participants are invited to bring their costume world into the space and encounter transformations. Butoh as a rich legacy of engaging with costume, from the bizarre assemblages of Dairakudakan, to the ethereal beauty of Sankai Juku.  

Costume Designer Yuliya Krylova will assist with the session. 

From 10.30am to 12 noon we open with a thorough training session, that may draw upon diverse influences including Noguchi Tsai, Body Weather, gaga influences, martial arts, Tai-chi, mediation, and yoga. 

 

Live sound is provided by long term collaborator, award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Nick Parkin.

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Butoh and Scenography 2: body and object 

 

March 30/31 studio 1 10.30am to 5pm 

£200 

(concessions and payment plans - see booking page or email me to make an arrangement ) 

booking page 

 

Working with an object changes the relation to space/time. Whether it’s a flower, a balloon, a piece of paper, a stone, or any other material, then the body and the space are imbued and resonate with the qualities of the object. How might we become the object, or how might we resonate with the object? How will this then inform our dance? What stories or images emerge? What transformations unfold? 

 

From 10.30am to 12 noon we open with a thorough training session, that may draw upon diverse influences including Noguchi Tsai, Body Weather, gaga influences, martial arts, Tai-chi, mediation, and yoga. 

 

Live sound is provided by long term collaborator, award-winning, multi-instrumentalist, and composer Nick Parkin. 

 

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Butoh-ka Jam/Sharing!! 

 

May 4/5 studio 1

10.00am to 6pm (please note the longer class time)

£200 

(concessions and payment plans - see booking page or email me to make an arrangement ) 

Booking page 

 

This workshop is a chance to develop and share material and receive peer and tutor feedback. Material can be solo, duo or other combinations. We will also document and photograph your dance for you. (optional). For those who want to take part but are not keen to show their own work, then Marie-Gabrielle can devise or choreograph a performance group structure for you to do which might be either structured improvisation scores, specific movements, or a combination of any of these, subject to group discussion. Nick Parkin can provide live sounds accompaniment, or you are welcome to bring your own preferred sound/source. We will also have time for some longer free or structured impro sessions to end on a butoh celebration note! 

 

BOOKING OFFERS!! 

 

For those booking all FIVE weekends in 2023/24 then the price is reduced from a total of One thousand pounds to 800 pounds (non-refundable) and payable in full by September 20th, 2023. This is a one off heavily discounted offer for over 75 hours of expert teaching!

 

For those wishing to book the TWO weekends in 2023 then the price is reduced from £400 to £300 (non-refundable) and needs to be payed by September 15th. 

 

Cancellation Policy: refunds are given in full if cancellation takes place 14 days prior to course start date. Cancellations within 7 days are offered 50% transfer of fee to another workshop. Cancellations of less than 7 days are non-refundable. Discount offers are non-refundable. 

 

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ADVANCE NOTICE OF WALES WORKSHOP DATES 

The workshop takes place in the stunning National Parks coastline of Pembrokeshire and we work around the coastline between Dale and Marloes. 

 

June 29th to July 6th 2024. 

Cost £350 (previous participants pay £220) 

Further information will be made available in due course. Please email to reserve a provisional place or expressions of interest. 

 

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Biographies

 

Marie-Gabrielle Rotie 

 

Marie Gabrielle Rotie has a career as an artist/performer/choreographer/movement director, spanning over 30 years, extensively supported/funded by Arts Council of England and British Council, Trinity Laban, The Place Theatre, The Royal Opera House etc. She was Choreographer for The Bacchae by Sir Peter Hall, Royal National Theatre. which premiered on Olivier stage, Royal National Theatre 2002.  For five years, Rotie was choreographer and costume design consultant  for London College of Fashion staging productions at The Raphael Room in Victoria and Albert Museum, Sadler's Wells and The Royal Academy. In 2020 she was choreographer for The Northman directed by Robert Eggers choreographing for Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor Joy and Willem Dafoe. In 2021 she created the solo dance for Lebanon Hanover music video ‘Come Kali Come,’  She also received commissions for site specific choreography from Kew Gardens in London (Temperate House) and the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.  In 2022 she worked as the movement choreographer for Netflix The Witcher series 3, In 2023 She worked with director Robert Eggers on Nosferatu  Choreographing for Bill Skarsgard and Lily Rose Depp. 

 

Rotie works very closely with composer Nick Parkin and her research work explores the interfaces of film, photography, sound and documentation of live work. 

She has studied Butoh since 1993 in Europe and Japan and her work with Butoh features in various notable academic publications. She is a permanent member of staff at Goldsmiths University of London in the Theatre and Performance Department, and also teaches in various dance conservatoires. 

www.rotie.co.uk

 

 

Nick Parkin is an award-winning Composer, Musician, Artist, Director and Movement Practitioner. He is a specialist in environmental and site-based sound and performance. https://www.gold.ac.uk/theatre-performance/staff/parkin-nick/

Photo Image of Rotie/Keiko Ikeuchi 2022. 

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