Every Monday, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday, July 15, 2024
Butoh is an avant-garde movement form first performed by Japanese artists Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno in 1959. Originally conceived as an iconoclastic rejection of contemporary western dance technique, butoh aims to strip away socially acceptable movements and gestures, and encourages students to find and embrace hidden movements that lie buried beneath years of conditioned behavior. In this Moving Target class we will incorporate fragile and vulnerable contexts of the body to explore the “materiality of being.” The class will begin with a somatics-based warm-up, partnering work to explore skeletal, muscular, and fascial layers of movement and energy exchange, and vigorous floor work. Finally, we will utilize butoh-fu, a method of choreography using image-based poetry as grounds for movement generation in brief witnessed improvisations. Dancers at all movement levels are welcome to participate.
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