Butoh workshop / Sumako Koseki

Butoh workshop / Sumako Koseki / 3 - 6 March 2016

program:
physical training focused on breath and vital Ki energy, imagination exercises for opening various physical and mental states (animal body, ancestors, emptiness, samurai dance), evoking memories inscribed in our bodies, awakening our subconsciousness

and collective memory - from there is a step to beyond, to the state where movement can be born from chaos and depersonalisation, and take clear form, rhythm and choregraphic structure

participants profile:
for everybody interested in exploring the body and mind, for artists and students of performing arts, dance, theatre, visual arts, philosophy, anthropology, psychology

workshop fee: 3500 CZK or €150

place: Prague, Czech Rep. (to be specified)

booking: to apply send us a short motivation letter, we confirm your reservation within 2 weeks
contact person: Kateřina Bilejová, bilejovak@jinonice.cuni.cz

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'As far as butoh is concerned, there has been a lot of misunderstanding - it is often thought of as a dance of ghosts, something terrifying and so on. But butoh is about the search for the light in darkness, the point is you can see the light more intensively in the darkness....'

Sumako Koseki is Japanese dancer and choreographer. She studied traditional Japanese performing arts and butoh. Her teacher was Tadashi Suzuki (art of Noh, Kabuki in a contemporary context) and Isso Miura (butoh). She studied Western and Eastern philosophy and psychology also (the University of Tokyo). She worked with many significant artists (Grotowski, Barba, Leotard, Adrien and others).
Among with butoh, her training is based on traditional Japanese theatre and martial arts, where treating with Ki energy and breath is focused to open our sensibility. Sumako denotes butoh as 'the dance on the edge' where expression and movement appears from emergency and vital necessity. As a samurai or an animal, in emergent situation, body finds how to react immediately without logical thinking. Empty (dead) body is a key notion for Sumako also. Empty and depersonalized dancer can wake up ancient memories encoded in our 'reptilian brain' or 'DNA'. Spontaneous movement is born then, we can touch the chaos and shadows of our subconsciousness, but not only to stay there. Through the opening of fertile field of the collective memory, we can share deep emotions with audience.

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Prague
03 March , Thursday 09:00

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