DANCE Bristol Butoh Jam
Butoh jam, a chance for artists to experiment, investigate and create playing with forms and training from butoh dance.
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This group has been set up to provide dancers and artists who are interested in butoh with a regular and accessible training session in the south west. The aim to create a new environment where artists can engage in physical practice as well as choreographic and creative investigations. Using the group to learn, experiment, share and feedback to one and another.
Butoh is an avant-garde dance form that originated in the undeground artscene of post war Japan. It is a meeting point for body and imagination and draws on an array of movement and performance practices; including Japanese traditional theatre, German Expressionism and Improvisation to name just a few. The recognised founders of Butoh are Hijikata Tatsumi and Kazuo Ohno. Hijikata called his dance ‘Ankoku-Butoh’ or dance of darkness and created choreography was outrageous, disturbing and humorous, exploring the subconcious and dark side of humanity and often strong and bizarre images to create choreography. Kazuo Ohno used free improvisation and elaborate imagery to create his dances, he was more interested in healing and beauty.
Over the last 50 years Butoh has developed and diversified reaching wide audiences across the world and inspiring many dance and theatre practitioners as well as artists from many other creative disciplines. Other founders and notable practitioners include Akira Kasai, Min Tanaka, Akiko Motofuji, Yukio Waguri and Ko Mirobushi. There are also lots of inspiring young dancers and companies continuing to use methods derived from Butoh such as Leimay, Yukio Suzuki and Yael Karavan. They are all worth googling if you would like to know more about Butoh.
The sessions at dancespace will include an intensive warm up and training, exercises to develop physicality and performance skills specifically related to Butoh a well as individual and group improvisation. The sessions will be lead by Jasmin Perrow.Jasmin Perrow is a dance artist with strong interest in butoh training methods. She has taken intensive training workshops with experienced teachers including Yukio Waguri, Ko Mirubushi, Minako Seki and Marie Gabrielle Rotie amoung many others. She is looking forward to sharing some of her own learning and creative practice. Her interest in Butoh is physically driven, for her the importance is in the act of giving up the ego and letting the body take over... in this way dance becomes much more fun!