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Butoh – Deconstruct the Darkness

Never fixed in culture or time, Butoh remains a personal investigation. Examine bodily actions through the filters of image (i.e.: your feet have melted), condition (i.e.: become rigid then soften) and ethos (i.e.: your body is not your own). The training will encourage physical and mental receptivity as well as precise physical engagement. Build a coherent body ready to embrace the chaotic stream of the subconscious.


Dao Yin Training

Dao Yin exercises work by opening and stretching the channels of the body so that they are enabled to cleanse themselves and develop a more resilient and healthy body. Participants will learn various Dao Yin exercises promoting awareness of energetic channels within the body and the opening of joints and tissues.

ARTISTBIO: Shinichi Iova-Koga

Shinichi Iova-Koga is the Artistic Director of the Physical Theater and Dance company called inkBoat. The company has won five Izzie awards and toured in Europe, Asia and the USA. Long-term collaborations with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, KT Nelson, Yuko Kaseki, Do Theater, Ann Carlson and Yumiko Yoshioka as well as mentorships with Ralph Lemon and Ruth Zaporah have shaped his perceptions and aesthetic.

Shinichi has existed and trained primarily within the contexts of Butoh Dance, Qi Gong, Action Theater, Improvisation, Aikido and Noguchi Taiso. These perspectives formed his approaches to body mobility and circulation, awareness of weight, breath, physical connectivity, feeling states and relationship to the environment. As a teacher and as a maker of performances, he subjects his own experience to re-consideration or re-assembly in order to excavate principles from within the forms.

He teaches both independent workshops and within University dance programs, most notably at Mills College in California from 2009-2017. In addition he is the editor of the book 95 Rituals, a tribute to Anna Halprin, and a contributing writer to The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.

Last update: 07.04.2020



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