Gyohei Zaitsu (Butoh Dance) Trevor Knight and Alice Maher: from the 20th of February at the Project

  This is an amazing artistic collaboration between Trevor Knight – composer and artist Alice Maher and Butoh dancer Gyohei Zaitsu. I am really looking forwards to the opening on the 20th of february. Visit the Project website to book your ticket and read more about the artists: http://projectartscentre.ie/event/visitant/ Directly form the Project website, here is the synopsis of the show: :”in Marquez’s story, an … Continue reading Gyohei Zaitsu (Butoh Dance) Trevor Knight and Alice Maher: from the 20th of February at the Project

Sankai Juku: a Butoh Company since 1975

Amagatsu Ushio is the founder of the internationally renowned all male Butoh Company, that was founded in 1975.  We had the honour to host Mr. Iwashita Toru, a dancer of the company, last April for a workshop and performance both in Dublin and Cork. An article on the Guardian pictures the founder and the company as follow: “Ushio Amagatsu founded his all-male company Sankai Juku … Continue reading Sankai Juku: a Butoh Company since 1975

Carlotta Ikeda: solo and choreographed work with her company Ariadone

« What pushes me to dance day by day? What is that spell, so strange and impenetrable, that works upon me? I do not know how to answer such a simple question in a rational way. I just unwind the Ariadone’s thread, and we throw ourselves desperately, ambiguous and insane dancers, deprived of our names, then we come back down to the ground. » Carlotta … Continue reading Carlotta Ikeda: solo and choreographed work with her company Ariadone

Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits by B. Baird – some reflections and uses

Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits- By Bruce Baird link to youtube Bruce Baird lecture: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOImHO0lAbY This is a great book that opens into Hijikata’s own playfulness, not only with language but with the chance that memory gaps can provide to create, generate, invent, play with mesh-ups, transformation, endless adaptation of a theme. Reflecting upon some passages offered in the book (p: … Continue reading Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits by B. Baird – some reflections and uses

The origin of the word Butoh

This article clearly reveals the meaning of Butoh providing a short genealogy of its transformations from Ankoku Buyo to Butoh. “The word ‘butoh’, now the accepted name of the genre, originated as ankoku buyo in the early 1960s. “Ankoku” means “utter darkness.” “Buyo,” a generic term for dance, is used in many compounds: for example, gendai buyo, modern dance; and koten buyo, classical dance. Later in the 1960s, ankoku … Continue reading The origin of the word Butoh

on the importance of documenting and links to publications on Butoh

Personally, I rigorously attempt to document every time I end my practice session. I tend to divide the notation in two parts; a section dedicated only to record the exercises, visualisations and explorations as it is important to notate the processes, qualities, that emerge through them, and another section dedicated to how such exercises effect my personality, my emotions, my broader understanding of living in … Continue reading on the importance of documenting and links to publications on Butoh

Toshi Kasai: A Butoh Dance Method for Psychosomatic Exploration

This is a good article that explains some of the Butoh dance practice processes that occur.  I am committed to document Butoh practice posting diverse materials and takes on what Butoh is. Although there is a common ground in Butoh, the manifestations of such can take many different forms and directions.  The practice reflects our own processes, personalities, growth, changes, awareness. As a Butoh dancer, … Continue reading Toshi Kasai: A Butoh Dance Method for Psychosomatic Exploration