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Butoh – Deconstruct the Darkness

Never fixed in culture or time, this dance remains a personal investigation

Allow images to change your body or your action. Transform your condition until you perceive your programming. Deconstruct your habits. Develop energy-efficient and fluid movement. Intensively examine yourself through new frames. Send power through the system and then drain it. Sink weight until the most essential and poignant impulses remain. The training will encourage physical and mental receptivity as well as precise physical engagement. Build a coherent body ready to ride the chaotic stream of the subconscious.

Butoh dance belongs to mystery. Walk, crawl, roll, spiral, extend, contract, transform the dance.

We integrate improvisational training with exact physicality.


Dao Yin Training

Dao Yin practices focus on the interconnected nature of sinews, muscle and bone. The training opens and stretches the channels of the body to develop a more resilient, strong and healthy web of tissue. The solar plexus and lower abdomen initiate the movement of limbs. Conversely, the movement or condition of limbs can affect the internal areas of the torso. Spiral motion and extension will open the joints and tissues, allowing energy to travel more efficiently through the body.

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 (Postmodern Dance), Ko Murobushi (Butoh Dance), Yuko Kaseki (Butoh Dance) Ann Carlson (Contemporary Dance) and Yumiko Yoshioka (Butoh Dance) as well as mentorships with Ralph Lemon (Contemporary Dance) and Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater) have shaped his perceptions and aesthetic.

Shinichi has existed and trained primarily within the contexts of Butoh Dance, Daoist Internal Arts, Action Theater (improvisation training), Aikido and Noh Theater. These perspectives formed his approaches to body mobility and circulation, awareness of weight, breath, physical connectivity, feeling states and relationship to the environment. He is certified to teach Qi Gong by Lotus Nei Gong and he runs the Swiss branch of Wudang West.

He teaches both independent workshops and within University dance programmes, 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: 12.04.2021



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