EMBODYING THE SPIRIT
Butoh training with Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh)
February 4 – 5, 12:00 p.m. – 15:00 p.m.
Embodying The Spirit explores endless questions. What is life? What is the human condition? What is the body? How can we experience infinity within the body/mind? Reduction of the physical body and ego-self allowing fluidity and transformation are fundamental to Butoh. We will concentrate on the union of mind, body, and image within Butoh aesthetics through a process of simultaneously uncovering and creating the body. Recognizing the body as carrier of ancient history and the consciousness of our cellular body, we seek an interweaving and balancing of the universal and individual selves. The body is deconstructed to reveal the universal self and expose our primal roots through heightening the nature body after which the self is recreated in a revitalized journey of individuation.
The workshop structure includes exercises and exploration of physical body, elemental body, and ethereal body, and ends in free improvisation. Group and partner work will facilitate participant’s individual and collective journeys.
Part I: Physical body — Yoga and vigorous exercises to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body.
Part II: Elemental body — Reduce awareness of physical body to reawaken cellular memory and elemental forces which are fundamental to the body. Breath and sound exercises to heighten awareness and flow of chi (energy). Explore the body as empty sack (breath/air, water, etc).
Part III: Ethereal body – Transcend ordinary space and time. Experience the journey from multi-layered image to movement, the embodiment of imagery towards continual transformation of the body. Awaken infinity in the body.
Part IV: Free improvisation.
Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh)
Joan Laage has performed under the name Kogut Butoh since living in Krakow, Poland from 2004-2006. She studied under Butoh masters Kazuo Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa in Japan and performed in Ashikawa’s group, Gnome in 1988-89 where she met SU-EN (Sweden). In 1991, Joan moved to Seattle, Washington where she founded Dappin’ Butoh. She has performed and taught workshops in Sweden, England, Denmark, Hungary, Japan, Korea and New Zealand as well as at Butoh festivals in Paris, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, Chicago, and Portland. Last May, she was a featured artist along with Katsura Kan and Akaji Maro at a Butoh symposium at the University of California in Los Angeles. Joan wrote a dissertation on Butoh (Texas Woman’s University, 1993), and is featured in Sondra Horton Fraleigh’s books, Dancing Into Darkness: Butoh, Zen and Japan and Butoh: Metamorphic Dance and Global Alchemy. She is a founding member of Seattle-based DAIPANbutoh Collective and a tour guide at the Seattle Japanese Garden.
Place: Technical Youth Center “Annas-2”, www.tjn.lv. Number of participants – limited. Work language – English.