Intensive Butoh Dance Workshop
in the nature of south Italy
South Italy, Valle d'Itria, Bari

27 September - 5 October 2007

Contact & Booking
Associazione Kronopios Germana Siciliani
tel : +39 339 844 7241

Connection between JINEN and body and yourself
All life is born of this earth. And originally human danced on the ground of this earth.@It is important to find out and to be conscious of our body as a part of this huge circulation. This time we will work on our body movement to recognize the connection between nature/environment and yourself through Atsushi Takenouchi's JINEN Butoh training. And he will guide us how to create dance from this awareness; environment as a part of your body, and it enables us to know that we can change all the environment into dance.
During this 9 days, we will explore body gravity, movement and balance, imaging body, transformation by internal and external state, visible and invisible, various walking, conscious and unconscious movement, a dialogue between body and an environment, with basic Butoh practice, with meeting with the nature in Valle d' Itria /south Italy. There will be morning classes, afternoon classes and improvisational dance in nature@and also in the studio everyday. The classes will be accompanied by live music by Hiroko Komiya. Atsushi will lead our work into the creation of each participant's short solo/duo piece. On the last day, there will be the participants' presentation in nature or specific outside location.
*** Participants can bring costume or material for the last presentation.

Atsushi Takenouchi Profile
Atsushi Takenouchi joined Butoh dance company "Hoppo-Butoh-ha" in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company "Takazashiki"(1984) was worked on by Butoh-founder Tatsumi Hijikata. He has been working on his own Jinen Butoh since 1986 and created solos "Tanagokoro", "Ginkan", "Itteki" as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times and his impressions of the moment, formulated from the people around him, and the environment. He toured Japan between 1996 and 1999. He also studied a spirit of the universe under Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno.In 1999 he toured Jinen Butoh "Sun & Moon" and led Butoh workshops in Europe and Asia for six months. Since autumn 2002 he has been mainly based in Europe for one year arts fellowship funded by a Japanese government. And he has been working on Butoh dance collaboration project with dancers and actors in France, Poland and other countries. In 2005 July, he presented his solo performance "Stone" in Avignon festival( France), and choreographed a Butoh procession with twenty dancers through Avignon city in the festival.

There is reduction for returning participants.

*Participants have to arrive on the 26th Sep. the departure date is the 6th Oct.
*Please bring own bed linen.
*The reservation is required and please pay the workshop fee in advance with a postal order.

The workshop is meant for dancers, actors and performers. If you are interested but are unsure if you have the required experience, please contact us.