General Content of Butoh workshops and classes 

 

Butoh has its origins in the late 1950's of Japan and is an international movement practice that crosses cultural boundaries.  Butoh, through choreographic and improvisation methods, searches for 'the body that has not been robbed' (Hijikata). Through focusing on the unconscious body, accessed through somatic and imagistic processes, the mover is put in touch with their own material body. 

 

  • Butoh is not about doing movement but about being moved. Concentration is turned inward, away from the external mirror image of the body, to encourage a deep connection to the origin and impulses for movement.  

 

  • Participants are introduced to the value and power of working from imagination and from guided poetic imagery as tools for transformation: the body can discover many selves and extend into animal, plant or non-human entities. Transformation through body tension, distortion and energy work are key areas of investigation.

 

  • Many teachers begin with intensive body training incorporating yoga, voice and Butoh techniques that concentrate on wave, spiral and circular movement patterns allied to breath and voice. 

 

  • Butoh walks are taught as tools for realising the power of movement within stillness, silence and emptiness. Classic butoh forms are sometimes taught as a reference tool for the origins of Butoh philosophy under Tatsumi Hijikata’s ankoku butoh method.

 

  • Group and solo structures and improvisation allow participants time to explore the fluid interface between inner and outer space and to enjoy the delicious quality of slow motion work allied to working with dynamic energy and impulses.