LED BY FLORENCIA GUERBEROF
Supported by London South Bank University
The Butoh Training led by Florencia Guerberof consist of a series of two
days workshops of 4 hours per day including a 30 minutes guided warm up (vital).
Participants should be prepared for an intense physical and mental practice.
Different themes will be explored on each workshop. Attending the whole training is highly recommended in order to gain a deeper insight into the work however taking part of a single
session (either day one or two) is also allowed.
The sessions introduce Butoh, a Japanese Avant-Garde dance theatre movement
originated in Tokyo in 1959 by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno. The physical practice
is supported by theory, recommended bibliography on Butoh, Japanese Aesthetics and visual art materials.
The Butoh Training Program departs from a theoretical base on the
fundamental principles that support the practice of Butoh. The dance movement is
investigated in relation to modern art, philosophy, literature, theatre and cinema in the
historical and political context of Japan and the West.
The physical training focuses on a state of emptiness that allows the body to transit
infinite transformations. The notion of nothingness is approached from a Taoist
The movement practice is rooted in Japanese concepts of simplicity, stillness, silence,
invisibility and impermanence. The physical work departs from breath as a vital force animating the body. It focuses on a history of the body walking in- between life and death.
Butoh is explored through different imagery, providing different methods of accessing
concrete materials from nature through the body. The physical work is
articulated through the tangible experience of the performer with different objects, their
absence and their subsequent process of internalization.
It offers techniques for improvisation as well as it investigates Tatsumi Hijikata’s
The training aims at opening new doors in the performer’s creation process.
The sessions encourage a creative assimilation of the ideas triggered by Butoh towards
the discovery of a specific area of interest relevant to the dancer, actor and artist’s own
practice in the search for a personal physical language.
12 & 14 Dec
All the sessions will take place in studio 3 & 4
Dec WS: 11 Dec
COSTS Single session: £25 Two sessions: £50 (non refundable)
VENUE London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, SE1 0AA, London, UK
Please note that it is critical to submit your application before booking and joining the training. There will be no extended deadlines. After each deadline has passed enrolment is no longer possible. Neither last minute bookings nor cash on the day will be accepted. Application forms must be filled in and sent only when participants have made a decision and are ready to book the workshop. Do not submit the form if your participation is not for certain.
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