Butoh Body Practice Group
Times: Saturdays June 23-Sept. 15, 6:30-8:30 pm (NO CLASS JULY 28)
Location: Ahimsa House in West Philadelphia
Description: This will be a facilitated space to explore psychosomatic exercises, Butoh movement research, paratheatrical improvisation, emotional archaeology, resonance, non-objectification, and tension between solitude and community.
"Butoh dance, the avant-garde dance originated by Tatsumi Hijikata in 1950s in Japan, is not only a performing art but also a way to explore the relationships of mind and body from the viewpoint of somatic psychology. One of the key words for understanding Butoh is the Butoh body, "butoh-tai" in Japanese, meaning a physical and mental attitude so as to integrate the dichotomized elements such as consciousness vs. unconsciousness, and subject vs. object." (Toshiharu Kasai)
Paratheatre was the name for experiments led by the Polish theatre director Jerzy Grotowski. An overall intention was "revelation of a secular mystery...a communal and collective creation that transform[s] its participants and reorder[s] their lives."
Each week we'll explore new exercises from Butoh, Noguchi Taiso, meditation, drama therapy, improvisation, and paratheatre: sometimes we may use partner work or go outside to practice. Suggestions/proposals for things to try are welcome/encouraged.
Group events, workshops, and forums are wonderful ways to allow for a dynamic meeting of minds and hearts. If you are interested in collaborating on a project, I look forward to hearing from you!
Please contact me if you'd like to download a free recording of the guided trance meditation I led focusing on opening up into your personal wellspring of creativity.