2007 Atsushi Takenouchi Nature-side JINEN Butoh Workshop
in Yaku Island /
Yaku cedar tree in
photo by Hiroko Kurosaki
Butoh workshop Running through inside body of
We will run through the body of island and while
doing so we will imagine ourselves entering its body - spine, organs, limbs -
and we will dance in
"Womb entering" is a ritual
of rebirth remaining from the old times : By returning to Earth's womb people
celebrate their coming back to Life as
Earth's children and feel themselves a
part of Nature.
In our daily life, we use to distinguish inside
from outside. IN is my body, it is mine, OUT is neither me nor mine.But is that
so? When wind comes
into the body, it stirs it to dance. In the grip of cold,
the body shrinks but it dilates in sunshine. That means that out(side) is
in(side) all the time. Since there is inside, there is outside
and vice versa.
But when we look far in the distance, the
borderline between inside and outside fades away and all things begin to dance a
Life Dance in the midst
of the Time Cycle.
What may our
dance, our butoh mean then? Perhaps a meditation on/in motion during which
all changes occurring in Nature are experienced as parts
of our own bodies.
In dancing we may become trees enduring snow in Winter, beasts chasing their
prey, even flowers endlessly blooming or else
Dance springs from inside the body and connects to
all and everything around you.
While circling through Yakushima
- its womb, lungs, brain, stomach, veins, spine, fingertips - you will become
aware of mountains, forests,
murmuring streams, waterfalls, shores and all
seasons existing inside your own body. In turn your inner mountains, forests and
so on will dance,
echoing in the womb of the island.
running at the same time through the body of island and yourself, you will dance
and experience directly the connexion which links the two of
Dates: February 20
(Tue) - February 24 (Sat), 2007 5days
The meeting is at noon time on Feb
20th, and workshop starts from 2pm.
On the 24th, workshop finish at
this term, we will dance in the natural environment of this Yaku island in South
Japan. We will meet and explore our inner body with dancing with the ancient
cedar trees forest, rivers, waterfalls, sea waves, forest animals, insects,
stars and fire through Butoh movements. Atsushi leads this workshop
with an emphasis on individual movement and
The workshop demonstrates simple and primitive ways of
communication exploring transformitive states of the body. Atsushi teaches
participants how to connect to their organic history, guiding participants through genetic memories and the
dance of the amoeba, of the wind, of the tree, of
the animal, of the stone etc. His teaching start with the breath and first movements
of life, and leads to universal interconnected awareness by focusing on dancing in the now,
at your threshold. There will be morning and afternoon classes, improvisation sessions
and exploration in the nature of Yaku island. Inside space and outside : at the
beach, forests, mountain side, river, waterfalls, etc. There will be live
music ( natural material sound and percussion, voice, etc ) accompaniment by Hiroko Komiya during
Pension Ten-Nen Mura (organic
farming pension) : Takahira, Yakushima Tel: 0997-47-2541
Contact & Reservation
Mail: Nature Guide Office Manatsu Ltd.
Yaku-cho, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima, Japan 889-4405
Please be ready to dance and work outdoor, and cold temperature, we may have wind,
and rain depends on the weather. Better to bring the rain jacket, and sweater,
strong shoes or sneakers for dancing in the nature.
Yaku Island, lying on the sea to the south Point in the southern part of
Kagoshima, is, because of its abundant nature, designated as a world heritage
natural property for the first time in Japan. Seventy-five percent of the whole
area of the island is mountainous. With Mt. Miyano-ura-dake, the tallest in Kyushu,
in the middle surrounded by lots of mountains more than 1,500 meters high, the
island is also called the Alps on the ocean. Going up from around the coast to
the mountaintop, with the height increases, the climate changes from that of a
subtropical zone to that of a sub-arctic zone, and the plant systems change in
the same way, as if nature in the Japanese Archipelago were condensed. With much
rainfall throughout the year, the island is covered with deep green forests, including
more than 1,000-year-old Yaku cedars, and produces a mysterious atmosphere. There
are beautiful gorges and primeval forests, Yaku Cedar woods, and beach.
Kagoshima Airport is 1 hour 40 minutes from Tokyo Haneda Airport, and 1 hour 10
minutes from Osaka Itami Airport. Yaku-shima Airport is 40 minutes from Kagoshima
Airport. Yaku-shima Nishino-ura Port is 2 hours 40 minutes from Kagoshima-hon-ko
Port by the Kagoshima- Shosen jetfoil.