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The body that knows oneself

Body of Nerves 

with Yuko Kawamoto


Sunday 15th January 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Sunday 22nd January -12:00pm - 5:00pm


Studio 5, Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross, 

 8 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW

(we will collect participants from the main reception desk at Goldsmiths and detailed arrangements will be made by email nearer the time) 


Limited to 16 participants in total and priority given to those able to do both Sundays. 



This workshop is programmed as part of Marie-Gabrielle Rotie’s ongoing practice as research into ‘States of Possession’ 

  What is transformation? 'What is possession?' 


Sharpening the skin senses.

Nerves and nerve reflexes.


In Butoh, the body develops a highly attuned physical sensitivity leading to a deep awareness of each moment.  The workshop refers to the methodologies of Tatsumi Hijikata and the legacy as handed down via Yukio Waguri where ‘form’ is an architecture for exploring Butoh and through which the individual then finds their dance and personal expression.

 Yuko Kawamoto has her own way of exploring the Hijikata style she inherited as a third generation disciple, working on projects to create and promote Butoh under the motto “exploring the possibilities and diversity of Butoh.”



Yuko Kawamoto / Butoh dancer


She studied Hijikata Method (Founder of Butoh,Tastumi Hijikata’ s butoh style) from 1991 to Yukio Waguri. She became independent in 2000 and founded Shinonome Butoh. Since then, she has begun her international career. She has been promoting Butoh through performances, workshops, and organizing festivals. She also has a global perspective and is actively involved in Butoh exchange with Europe and Asia. In particular, the spread of Butoh in Asia “Asia Butoh Tree Project” is highly evaluated. This will be her first workshop for Butoh UK and she is in the UK performing for David Glass ensemble physical theatre work ‘The Brides’ at the International Mime Festival. 

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