Butoh improvisation and composition
Butoh is a dance which has its roots in the new dance movement of the late 1950s in Japan. Nowadays even though it has developed into an established form of dance, the practice of Butoh is diverse in styles – each individual practitioner has their own unique style. Personally, butoh, for me, is a research into finding one’s own dance as well as a fundamental way of existing in this world.
The workshop focuses on improvisation and composition based on butoh as well as other genres of movement practices. It starts with building awareness and strength which is indispensable in finding one’s own dance. (Opening up the senses and physical channels, sharpening the imaginations and fortifying the determinations.)
And subsequently the workshop progresses to the exploration of how to ascertain what is there, what is communicating, inviting to play, what is there to destroy, throw away or to nuture in the moment of dance, in the aim of building one’s own original skills to improvise and compose.
People from all backgrounds are welcome, and experiences in movement practice are not required. However the participants should be prepared to practice physical and mental patience and concentration.
Yuko Kominami (Luxembourg)
Born in 1973, Japan. She studied butoh and dance in Tokyo. After finishing her BA in Japanese history at Waseda University, she did a Professional Diploma in Community Dance Studies and an Independent Study Programme at Laban Centre London from 1998 to 2000.She obtained her MA in Dance Cultures, Histories and Practices from the University of Surrey in 2006. She has been working as an independent dance and performance artist. She lives and works in Luxembourg.
Her work consists of experiments with movements in-between (movements of becoming) where intensities of individuals intersect. And through these experiments she aims towards affirmations of multiple and fragmented movements of ‘a life’.
Photo: Bohumil Kostohryz