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Motimaru Dance Company invites for 1month intensive Butoh Workshop & Performance creation
“Everything and Nothing - metamorphosing body-mind”
Dates: 1st -29th July 2016, 13:00 – 19:00 (No practice on Sunday)
Venue: Motimaru Dance Atelier (Dunckerstrasse, 10437 Berlin)
Price: 980 euro / 850 euro if applied before 31st May.
The amount of participants is limited to 9.
Reservation & Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
100,000 years ago, when Homo sapiens emerged on this planet, the first human art has emerged in the dark cave, where eyes cannot see. What they were seeing with the eyes of the body-mind is the depth of our unconscious. Times change, but this must be a fundamental principle of human art.
Our everyday life passes, eating, working, or dancing, within a limited cage, burying rich nature within us. Educations, traditions, or even learning dance could mold various forms of cages. Free improvisation could also end up struggling in the same cage. But when we observe forests carefully, so many varieties of forms and qualities of plants, flowers, stones, winds, and sounds astonish us. This workshop is an invitation for diving into the unknown forest of our body-mind, discovering unlimited movements and textures within us, and transforming the personal journey into universal poem.
There will be also talking and video screening of direct fieldwork researches on butoh and traditional and ritual dances of Bali, south India, Nepal, and Japan.
First two weeks: basic trainings
Last two weeks: choreographic work and creation of solo/group performances.
The final performance will be presented in Theater Haus Mitte on 29th July as part of dance festival “Behind the Movement”.
① Whitening (Returning to a neutral body-mind)
- YOGA Asana
② Basic movements (Discovering the maximum intensity of small simple movements)
- Standing and sinking
- Falling and re-standing
- Creation of body parts (hands, eyes, back, arms, legs)
③ Metamorphose (Discovering the unlimited diversity of different qualities of the body-mind-space)
③-1 Physical Level
- Different textures of body
③-2 Meta-physical Level
- Embodying visual images (paintings, video arts, natural elements)
- Embodying sounds
④ Creating a performance (Discovering how to transform personal journey into universal poem on the
- Duo-group play
- Inner process of building solo/group performances
- Relationship with music, objects, and costumes
- Coming into the space, disappearing from the space
- Composition and structured improvisation
Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, based in Berlin since 2010. After they trained for 5 years at the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, studying and working as dancers and stage assistants of Yoshito Ohno – a son of Kazuo Ohno, they left Japan and have started fieldwork research about traditional and ritual dances in Japan, India, Bali, and Tibetan area in Nepal.
Motimaru define dance as a way to experience deeper reality of our existence and are experimenting to create a new authentic dance method beyond any genre.
They performed in the finale of the Marathon of the Unexpected at Venezia Biennale 2010, the final of the 9th International Choreography Competition “No Ballet” 2014, and have been performing and teaching in Europe, Asia, Australia in over 30 cities.
More information about Motimaru on http://www.motimaru.net/
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