Intensive JINEN Butoh workshop with Atsushi Takenouchi – Italy

// Summer 2013 // 3 weeks from 11 to 30 July
// Intensive JINEN Butoh workshop & long performance in Pontedera (Pisa) 
// Conducted by Atsushi Takenouchi, live music by Hiroko Komiya

Any small life has own life time.
The butterfly life has birth and death in the short arch of time.
As the butterfly feels whole life in 3weeks, we explore how deep we feel our own life and presence through this 3 weeks.
And at the same time, we explore how we express it on the stage through this 3 weeks Butoh workshop.
On July 30th, as the final presentation, we will have long performance day with each participants solo or duo in studio
and group improvisation, butoh procession in the city of pontedera. Like park in Pontedera, street in the town, square of station, riverside with sunset, etc.

This 3 weeks contains these 3 themes.

–          breathing animal nature

–          4seasons of life

–          Yin- yang, Apollo and Dyonisus

Breathing animal nature

Breath is essential for all the lives. The earth is also breathing through hundreds millions year. We can find many different breath in this world. Breath of animals. Breath of stones. Breath of lights… We use breath which is a starting point for all existence as a theme.

The movement which can be found from breath is not formed from outside, but shaped from inside of all the lives very naturally. In other words, the movements coming out through breath is a good indication to find the shape of life which exists inside of the life.

In Butoh movement, breath is a very important essence.  We are going to find new various movements which come out through breathing.

4seasons of life – embracing life and death with butoh –

“Spring” – Growth. Blooming. Gift from previous season. Precious turning point of life. Nourished soil in winter give new life for flowers. Death transform into Life.

“Summer” – Summer Sun has two faces. One face is strong energy for plants to grow as much as they can.

Another face is too strong energy for plants to make them dry and to sack their life with too much sun.

“Autumn” – Even began to wither even lose power, the beauty of the flower is lurking quietly. What is this “beauty” ? For the next generation to take over the seed, it is beauty of bliss, beauty of sacrifice.

“Winter” – This season symbolizes death. Flower that die will return to the soil with nourishment. Where  the spirit of flowers will go. Is this spirit also a gift for the Spring?

Become flowers, and dance this 4 seasons of their life. Also insect, animal and spirit. Naturally we discover “4 seasons of human life ”. This is the dance of our life. Each of us can find a lot of precious dance in our life. Getting more deeper this 4 seasons theme, it reaches to the mystery of life. It faces most important theme of my butoh “bliss, purification, love, requiem, sacrifice, life & death”.Dance deeply with embracing life & death. Then, the dance which comes from inner body start telling  “death is part of life circulation”. Forget everything, with embracing all the beautiful 4 Seasons.

Yin- yang, Apollo and Dyonisus

« Apollonian energy, Dionysian energy »

Yin and yang. Light and darkness, shape and energy,  Apollo and Dionysus. Two principles which conflict and complement each other. We will explore our body as breath, movement and voice, related to Apollo and Dionysus primordial energies.

The Power of light, symmetry, harmony and transcendental of  the Apollonian presence and the power of earth, fire, ecstasy of the Dionysian action shall be expressed through the body with movement and sound.

At the same time we work on some elements of Japanese mythology:

-Amaterasu, female deity, close to Apollo’s sun energy.

-Susanoh, male deity and Amanouzume, female deity, both related to Dionysian energy.

Approaching those elements, we dance Apollo and Dionysus’s male and female energies, as two sides of a same face.

Through Greek and Japanese’s mythologies, beyond Europe and Asia, we try to reach some archetypes of the humanity.

*Please bring any costum as you prefer, and the shoes which you can dance with.  ( white painting, etc.. )
* This workshop is ment for dancers, actors, performers and person who has physical training back ground.
It is desirable to have Butoh dance/ workshop experience in the past, since it is intensive 3weeks workshop.
*Date and time : 11nd-30th July 2013, from 7 hours per day
*At : workshop will be held mainly inside studio of Spazio NU, in site specific location occasionally and natureside:
*Everyday at the end of class, there will be solo improvisation .
*Some Monday, we will make site specific butoh dance in various location in Toscana.
*Every week on Tusday  and Wednesday will be days off. Also on Tuesday will also be the day the participants can bring  her/his own solo work.
*Participants must send her/his curriculum vitae with a description of her/his motivation to join in this workshop.
*Accomodation will be arranged by Spatio NU, the detailed info will be announced when you contact.
<contact & booking >
Spazio NU – Spazio NU -via Firenze  42/A – 56025 Pontedera (PI)
tel. +39 0587 54 634,   +39 329.09.08.119,  +39 349.13.71.631


Acerca de Valentina Ferraro

Born in Palermo 25 October 1981. Graduated in Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia UPV (Spain) where through various disciplines such as painting, drawing, engraving, sculpture, photography and video, has maintained a common unity to her research and interests for the metamorphosis of forms. She developed her research through performance focusing on the body as a primary matter, and most direct way to express herself artistically. Her encounter with the world of butoh is finally the key to continuing this research on the body and its perpetual mutation, more and more in connection with the Soul and the Origin. Trained in butoh from 2002, first with Sayoko Onishi (New-butoh) then with various choreographers such as Marie Gabrielle Rotie, Imre Thormann (butoh and Noguchi Taiso), Masaki Iwana, Ken Maï, Sachiko Ishikawa, Gyohei Zaitsu, Atsushi Takenouchi (Jinen butoh), Yukio Waguri and Yoshito Ohno. She creates different choreographies as "Mi feminino" (solo 2005), "Upside-down Flower" (solo, 2006), "Yokai" (Octuor 2008, for "Collapse Art" company, Nancy),"kotodama" (solo, 2009), "Kamigami No Si" (trio 2010, presented at the festival "Obuxofest 2010"), "So(S)ciety" (solo 2011, submitted in Butoh festival Barcelona, “GO!C!ART@Cargo” Festival in Basel and “Festival Danza di Cinfine” in Sarzana). In 2006 she founded "Nanae :: production" and organizes conferences, workshops, performances and meetings of various kinds, related to the dance-theater, in collaboration with different international artists. During the last years in Spain, has conducted regular courses of butoh dance and soft gymnastics. In 2010 she started collaborating with the Cie "Orian Theatre" directed by Mehdi Farajpour. And along with Frederic Le Salle founded the " Cie Mangeur de Lune". Contact: - - 0039-3384216560
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