Butoh is a hybrid form of dance theater that came out of Post WWII Japan and is now practiced worldwide. Butoh links physical and spiritual practices from around the globe and accounts for movers of all ages and abilities. It has influenced numerous fields of study, from architecture to neuroscience. At the heart of this practice is the basic material of the body and its changing conditions. As such, Butoh embraces a full spectrum of movement qualities, from wild physicality to meditative stillness.
In this workshop, we will learn some of the foundational concepts of Butoh that are tied inherently to Eastern concepts of self/no-self, impermanence, space and being. Through cultivating a state of emptiness, or nothingness in the bodymind, we release our attachments and create the conditions for infinite possibility. In the spirit of Buddhist meditation practice and psychology, we will experience the power of acceptance of what is, witnessing without judgment and the strength of community support. The workshop will begin with a brief introduction of the history and varied practices of Butoh.
Taught by Lani Weissbach