Butoh based Somatic Practices
with Lani Weissbach, MFA, RSME, E-RYT-500
May 19th • 2:00 – 4:00pm
Butoh is a hybrid form of dance theater that came out of Post WWII Japan and is now practiced worldwide. Butoh links physical and spiritual practices from around the globe and accounts for movers of all ages and abilities. It has influenced numerous fields of study, from architecture to neuroscience. At the heart of this practice is the basic material of the body and its changing conditions. As such, Butoh embraces a full spectrum of movement qualities, from wild physicality to meditative stillness.
This workshop will begin with a short introduction to the history and practice of Butoh, followed by a variety of body explorations. These exercises will focus on the movement that wants to happen in the body that is not premeditated or “fixed up” in any way. In this way, we bypass rational thought and can more readily access an infinite number of possibilities beyond our thinking minds. Butoh has powerful applications for both performance and daily life. For performance, these methods allow us to access deeper, more authentic and thus more compelling expression. In daily life, these practices teach us to pay attention to sensations and feelings and to respond sensitively, with no judgment.
No experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. Please wear clothing comfortable for movement.
Register/Pay for The Body Speaks: Butoh based Somatic Practices
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