Butoh and Butoh-related events

Perforamances, classes and workshops


listinged alphabetically by continent, country, state or province and city, in that order

Last updated October 28, 2009 (partial)

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Yoshito Ohno

The son of Butoh Co-Founder Kazuo Ohno performed in the first Butoh performance in 1959 as a child and is still going strong. He conducts ongoing regular workshops.

Workshops are every Tuesday, Wednedsday and Saturday. Anyone is welcome to participate.

Two hour class times: 8pm-10pm

Lesson fee: 2000 yen (each participation)

The nearest station is Kamihoshikawa station of Sotetsu local line. 10 min. on foot from the north exit.

Information 045-381-2333





Juju Alishina

Le samedi matin au Gymnase des Lilas, le 1er cours d'essai est OFFERT au 24 octobre pour les nouveaux élèves.

Le but est d'essayer et découvrir avant de s'engager, ce qui sous entend que vous avez la possibilité de suivre plusieurs cours.

Il n'y aura pas cours le samedi 31 octobre car le Gymnase des Lilas est fermé.
Tous les autres cours seront maintenus même pendant les vacances de la Toussaint.

au 01 40 27 08 83 (Cie NUBA 8h-12h)






Four Week Butoh Dance Workshop in London by Itto Morita

October 13 - November 5
(Every Tuesday and Thursday)

Dear Friends,

and anyone interested in Dance, Butoh, in the Practice of Dance/Movement/Drama therapy, or simply having a completely new experience to movement

organized by Tiff

This month is the 50th anniversary of Butoh Dance and you might have already heard of the many lectures and workshops going on around London.

Here is a chance to try out this legendary Japanese dance form with a dancer who started the Dance Company GooSayTen, in Sapporo City, Japan, 1996, [explanations] amidst a program of experiential lectures.

Please read this link for a concise history of Butoh [here]

In Butoh, physical handicaps can be regarded as individual characteristics, with which you can express yourself in Butoh dance" says Kasai (his stage name is Itto Morita).

4-week experiential training course in the use of Butoh dance as Dance Therapy, by Butoh dancer "Itto Morita"

Itto Morita (performing for 20 years), or Toshiharu Kasai, Professor of body psychology within behavioral and cognitive psychology at Sapporo Gakuin University in Japan. He is the Director of the Sapporo Dance Movement Institute and a member of the Japanese Dance Therapy Association. He is only one /butoh dancer /dance therapist /psychologist in the world !

He is currently carrying out a residency in University of Hertfordshire. One of the ultimate purposes of his Butoh dance activities is soul healing of his own, and hopefully of others through Butoh performance. Some of the extensive research he has done can be found online at:


[Butoh video clips of Itto Morita ]

For reference: Butoh related papers (PDF) by Itto = Toshi Kasai

  1. i."A Butoh Dance Method for Psychosomatic Exploration" 1999

  2. ii."A Note on Butoh Body" 2000

  3. iii."Perception in Butoh Dance" 2003

  4. iv."Arm-Standing Exercise for Psychosomatic Training" 2005

-The training will take the form of a "performative lecture", where everyone taking part is able to carry out movement techniques and learn through experience, without any meaningless repetitive physical teachings.

The 8 sessions will be geared towards completing a full module on :

Three factors of this workshop:

  1. 1.Butoh movement

  2. 2.body-learning

  3. 3.butoh mind. Movement:

  4. 4.Any movements/postures that are not regarded dance in the ordinary Western dance forms can be parts of Butoh. There are a variety of them.

  5. 5.For Basics 1 and Basics 2.

  6. 6.

  7. 7.Body-learning:

  8. 8.Noguchi Taiso (physical exercise originated by Noguchi) or passive movements by using the body weight as another resource for Butoh creation. Body-mind relaxation exercises are included.

  9. 9.For Basics 2.

  10. 10.

  11. 11.Butoh mind:

  12. 12.Itto believes that Butoh should be performed in an altered state of consciousness. A different mind set or state of consciousness alters the quality of movements.

  13. 13.Development 1

  14. 14.

  15. 15.--- Tuesday -- Thursday

  16. 16.week 1 - Oct 13 and 15 : Basics 1.

  17. 17.week 2 - Oct 20 and 22 : Basics 2.

  18. 18.week 3 - Oct 27 and 29 : Basics 1.-2. (with introduction for Development 1)

  19. 19.week 4 - Nov 3 and 5 : Development 1. (with explanations about therapeutic factors)

  20. 20.

  21. 21.* New exercises or factors will be added on Thursday.

  22. 22.

- Training is held every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00-10:30am

- COST: 8 classes for 40 pounds or 6 pounds per class.

VENUE -- in the main hall of the Islington Chinese Association, a 20ft-high large open space with natural light in Archway,

MAP -- [map]

ACCESS -- 2 flights of stairs up to main hall, with hand railings for support. Male and Female toilets on the same level as hall, within 5 steps.

We are keeping costs to a minimum, and would simply like to charge for Itto's travel from Hatfield for every session, and space rental.

-No previous experience in dance nor dance/movement/drama therapy is needed, just curiosity and enthusiasm!

- We would work barefeet, and there are several exercises in the lying down position (bring a towel or mat to use if you feel you will need this). Bring a set of suitable clothing for movement.

- Tea and water available.

Following prescribed forms or movements is not important in Butoh, but how well you express your own emotions and passions is. Because Butoh allows any dance expressions regardless of physical handicaps, its variability of performance is very attractive.

Time structure

7:30 - doors open

7:50 - floors are wiped (this is a Butoh ritual)

8:00 - 8:50 - prompt start, training 1

8:50 - 9;00 - 10 minutes break, tea and tap water available.

9:00 - 9:50 - training 2

9:50 - 10:00 - 10 minutes break.

10:00 - 10:30 training 3 (with discussion)

10:30 - finish

* Each training includes explanations.

* This time structure is basic, and would be modified due to the contents of exercise.

If interested, please confirm your place with your name and contact number, and address any queries you might have, in order that you can experience the workshop as fully as possible. Class size limited to 30.

Call TIFF at 07767703452 or email kyokaruna@gmail.com

"Any dance consists of three parts: the artistic factor, physical factor, and psychological factor. I believe Butoh is different from Western dance traditions within these three points.

In the artistic factor, erotic, grotesque, non-sense, and other things are included in Butoh's peculiar way. Its peculiarity comes from Butoh's psychological factor: I believe that Butoh should be performed in altered states of consciousness.

We don't count while performing, or we can't count because we are not in the normal mental state. We don't follow music nor dance to music because we don't or can't listen to sounds under the altered state of consciousness.

The peculiarity of Butoh in terms of the physical factor partially comes from Noguchi Taiso (physical exercise) that dictates Butoh performers not to use muscles, or to listen to the God of Gravity. I have found that many Western dancers find it difficult to release tension from certain parts of the body, say, eyes, jaws,neck, arms, knees, ankles, etc... because most Western dances need the muscle power to move, but it is not so in Butoh. The muscle relaxation technique has become very important in Butoh. One of the other physical factors comes from the fact that we allow our body to shiver, twitch, jerk, etc. because of the sensibility of Butoh towards the unconscious, mental and psychological self.

It is all these differences that make the artistic impression of Butoh different from other dance styles." - Itto Morita





Fujiwara's ever popular workshop in deep, simple, creative dance.

November 1, 8, 15 and 22
10:30 – 1:00 p.m.
509 Parliament Street, Studio C
Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre

Good training for your body and mind. Using Japanese Butoh and post-modern creative dance principles we’ll work towards becoming more present and therefore more creative while expanding movement vocabulary and conditioning the body for strength and agility. The work can be done at many levels and challenges both the beginner and professional dancer.
If you can walk, you can do this dance work.

Denise Fujiwara is a dancer and choreographer who performs and teaches at home in Toronto and internationally.

$70 or $20/class
(priority given to those taking the full set of classes)

For more information and to register, please call: 416-593-8455 or email info@fujiwaradance.com.






butoh at home… is a workshop series in butoh and related movement training encouraging regular practice, training and creative work in this form in the bay area. This season there are four six-class workshops with bay area butoh performers. All classes are on TUESDAYS -- 8:15pm to 10:15pm at TEMESCAL ARTS -- 511 48th St @ Telegraph in Oakland. (MacArthur BART). Please join us for one or all. Workshops are open to all levels. PRE-REGISTRATION Deeply Encouraged one week prior to workshop (see below). **Note** Temescal is simultaneously presenting a Contact Improvisation Series and a Theater/Voice Series. www.temescalartscenter.org

PAIGE SORVILLO: butoh choreography lab w/ performance
Deep physical sensations bring us into center, into memory, into unknowns…. into this everyday shining world and into the darkness/light breathing beneath. Paige’s teaching is influenced by butoh teachers Shinichi Koga, Yumiko Yoshioka, SU-EN and Minako Seki among many others as well as by Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theater. She has performed with inkBoat, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Tanya Calamoneri and Kinji Hayashi. Our first classes will focus on basic training for the butoh body. Gradually we will work on improvisations that focus on awareness, imagery and performance architecture. In small groups we will create and give feedback on short pieces for the performance. Participants will be expected to find some outside time to rehearse.
Tuesdays 8:15 to 10:15 pm 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/27, 6/29, & 7/6

SHINICHI MOMO KOGA: Disciplines for the Open Body
This Butoh Dance technique, imagery and improvisation workshop taught by Shinichi MOMO Koga will provide awareness practices to hone internal sensibilities and physical expression. We will work with physical/psychological risk and embodied images to redraw the body map using Butoh (Hijikata lineage) and Physical Theater methods. Develop relaxation, sensitivity and dynamism within your body; a cabinet with many drawers. The disciplines open hidden drawers, allowing you to taste your buried self. Though sub-conscious impulses lead the dance, consciousness remains aware and responsive. While experiencing internal development, expect to feel your legs.
Tuesdays 8:15 to 10:15 pm 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 & 8/24

Costs for either of the above workshops: $85 for one six-class workshop, $155 for two, $210 for three, $280 for four
drop-ins and partial series by arrangement.
To Register: Please MAIL Check or Money Order made out to TEMESCAL ARTS CENTER along with your name, address, telephone, email, workshops you would like to take to Paige Sorvillo, 1801 Fairview St., Berkeley, CA 94703
Questions: Paige Sorvillo, 510 601 7494,paigesorvillo@mindspring.com

VENICE (California, not Italy)


Body Weather Laboratory Training
Conducted by Oguri, Jamie Burris and Roxanne Steinberg
Wednesdays  10:00 - 13:00
Sundays  13:00 - 16:00
The Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue, Venice
$15 for a single training
$45 for four (paid in advance)
$80 for one month (paid in advance)
Body Weather Laboratory is a research forum open to anyone interested in investigating expression through the body within different environments.  A demanding attitude toward a thorough reexamination of the body and movement is a main theme in the training.  Originally founded in 1978 by Min Tanaka in Japan, BWL workshops currently exist throughout the world, expanding and reinterpreting the format for exploration.
The training consists of three-parts:
1)  rigorous mind/body, muscle/bone training; rhythmical and dynamic.
2)  a series of specific stretching and relaxation exercises concerned with breathing and alignment.
      The work is done in couples, exchanging passive and active roles.
3)   sensitivity and awareness training to sharpen focus and develop the scope of  understanding through
      the body;  discovery of  movement from images.
Oguri also conducts workshops and intensives incorporating nature and wilderness.   Training is an integral part of the development of the group and serves to introduce the work to newcomers. 
For more information call Jamie Burris 323-848-8812.  Email: oguribwl@earthlink.net




Abstracting The Essence
Butoh Class with Lori Ohtani, Artistic Director, Tangentz Performance Group
in the beautiful Kenshikan Dojo (1st floor, Coyne St. side of building), Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, 2425 South Beretania St. (across from Star Market)
This workshop is open to all and no background in dance is necessary.Classes begin with warm-ups to increase flexibility and build strength. Using imagery exercises you will learn to activate your senses and become more aware of your individual movements, and learn to develop your own unique voice through Butoh dance.
SUNDAYS, 7:00-9:00 PM. $30/month (4 classes) or $15/class.
CONTACT: Tangentz at (808) 387-4861 for more information. Or email at tangentz at butoh dot net



Caddy!, Caddy!, Caddy!                                                                                                              Performed by Oguri as part of the Spirit and Place Festival                                                                                A Question and Answer session will follow

Saturday, November 07, 2009 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM at Indianapolis Museum of Art                           The Toby, 4000 N. Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46208

Oguri and Body Weather Laboratory,

Event Description:

$10/General Public, $7/IMA members, visit www.imamuseum.org.
Twitter Hashtag:  #SAPccc
Classroom resources available:
              William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury
              What is Butoh Dance?
              Practical Butoh Training Guide 2009

Read an interview between Oguri and the IMA.

Slow and unconventional movements, shadowplay, and live music combine in a cross-cultural performance that draws on both the modern Japanese performance art of Butoh and the place-based writings of William Faulkner. Choreographer and dancer Oguri created this darkly evocative work. University of Illinois professor David Goodman, historian of Japanese theater, will introduce the performance.  Presented by Indianapolis Museum of Art.  Questions? Call 317-923-1331 or e-mail toby@imamuseum.org.




What: Butoh Dance Workshop

When: Saturday, November 21, 1:00 – 4:00

Where: Bryson Gym, Warren Wilson College

Who: Taught by Julie Becton Gillum

Cost: $30.00

Contact: Julie Becton Gillum, email: jbgbutoh@gmail.com,

Telephone: (828)683-1377

“Create the form and the soul will follow.” Tatsumi Hijikata (founder of butoh)

“Follow your heart and the form will reveal itself.” Kazuo Ohno (founder of butoh)

Butoh History: Originating in post WWII Japan, Butoh dance is a postmodern movement in which formal dance technique is eschewed in favor of primal and idiosyncratic styles that transform the human body and allow raw physical energy to come into being. Butoh has revolutionized what dance is and can be. It ’s influence on today’s dance world equals that of Martha Graham or Merce Cunningham. Butoh is

an attempt to create new forms of movement and expression. Butoh uses the body brazenly, in its most corporal state, as a battleground to attain personal, social, or political transformation. It searches for the dance that pushes buttons, steps on toes and slips between the cracks of definition in order to reveal the fervent beauty of the unique human spirit.

Biography of Julie Becton Gillum: Julie Gillum has been creating, performing and teaching dance in the US and internationally for over 40 years. She currently teaches modern dance, musical theatre, performance art and butoh at Warren Wilson College. Gillum’s primary form of artistic expression has become butoh, which she has been practicing, performing and teaching since 1997. She has created and presented major pieces in the genre, at a variety of venues in New York, Chicago, San Francisco

and Mexico. Gillum was awarded the 2008-09 NC Choreography Fellowship and used the funds to go to Japan this past summer to study butoh at the source.

During her three month stay in Japan, Gillum studied primarily with Yoshito Ohno, son of Kazuo Ohno. She also studied extensively with Natsu Nakajima, a disciple of Hijikata during the early days of butoh. In addition she took weekly classes with Seisaku, who danced with Yoko Ashikawa, Hijikata’s first female dancer. Gillum also took intensive workshops and performed with internationally renowned butoh companies, Dairakudakan and Sankai Juku.

The November workshop will delve into new material learned in Japan this past summer. Here is the info about my upcoming workshop. Please let your friends know about this opportunity and feel free to contact me with any questions you have. Hope you can come!




Improvisational Butoh Dance

and Plant medicine Retreat

Bolivia October

19th -29th 2009

Improvisational Spirit Nature Butoh Dance

in combination with

Amazonian Medicinal Plant Ceremonies

On the sacred Incan island, Isla del Sol, Bolivia


October 19-29, 2009

Spend 8 days on Lake Titicaca's  Isla Del Sol living in rustic simplicity, defining your spirit dance in dialogue with nature and medicinal plant purification ceremonies.


Taught by Butoh master and world musician


in collaboration with


Lake Titicaca

Impressively immense with clear-blue waters, Lake Titicaca is the largest lake in South America. It is situated in the high plains that separate Bolivia and Peru, acting as a natural frontier between the two countries. It is known to be the cradle of Incan civilization and the origin of the Inca Empire. It is also the highest navigable lake in the world at 3,810 m (12,500ft) above sea level with an area of 8,300 square kilometers (3,200 sq miles). Its waters hold the legend of Manco Capac and Mama Ocllo, founders of the Incan society high up in Cuzco, a task given to them by their father, the Sun. Myth tells how the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th Century caused the indigenous people to hide their treasures at the bottom of the lake in desperation; rumors have it that certain cities' ruins can also be found there. What is certain is that in the surrounding areas of Koa Island, to the north of Sun Island, they have found artifacts that, according to archaeologists, may indicate that there was a city below the water, but the evidence is too scarce to guarantee this. Not very far from there, in Copacabana, there is a festival that takes place in honor of the Miraculous Brunette Virgin.

The Workshop

The workshop will be composed of rigorous body training, dance and voice classes that are held in the morning, afternoon, and alternately at night, in both natural indoor and outdoor settings: in and around the island, white sand beaches, Incan Labyrinth ruins, and mountainsides.

Participants will be lead through a holistic environmental dance and healing week, culminating in group dance and solo improvisations. We will be working with local artists, healers and island people, working with the ancient heritage of the island.

Classes will be lead by Atsushi Takenouchi and Kathi von Koerber alternatively and together.

There will be two healing plant ceremonies during the retreat, and various different cleansings.

Chincana Ruins


Atsushi Takenouchi created "Jinen" Butoh, a dance that surrenders and encompasses the totality of universal flow.  Born in Kyoto, Japan, Atsushi teaches dancers how to connect to their organic history, guiding participants through genetic memories and allowing them to teach themselves the dance of their molecular ancestry (the dance of the lake, of the stone, of the sky, etc.) His teachings start with the breath and first movements of life, and lead to universal interconnected awareness by focusing on dancing in the now, at your threshold. Atsushi dances the present day and its various forms, including the chord and discord created by nature, people and society.


Hiroko Komiya assists Atsushi Takenouchi with live instrumentation and voice for the past decade. She expresses the images of the elements, the air, the space, the fire, the earth, the water and our own inner body. She transforms it into sound without bound melody or rhythm. The sounds are quite simple and unique, and they coexist as the rythems of nature, weather and environment. She uses natural material and essence, such as water, stone, bamboo, sands, leaves, sea shells, as well as small bells, percussion, and drums in her music. Hiroko sings  with deep primal shamanic voice connecting with the native essence in life, and dance.


Kathi von Koerber is a dancer and healer from Germany and South Africa and has been walking the prayer of women strengthening their core sweetly and justly. As a healer Kathi combines techniques of the Japanese Butoh dance form, with Bioenergetics, Tribal Trance dance, African Spiritisim, Native American practices, shamanic voice practices, meditation and deep cellular spirit work to help participants mature their capacities in line with their life mission. Kathi honors the voice of the grandmother and supports the prayer of the woman and her ancient voices, through the tools and means of praying with the elements, the earth, its food, the fire and its transformation, the water and its purifying power and the nurturing qualities of the air, the dance of life we move through.



Hernando Villa is a native son of Colombia. He is a healer and a member of the Sacred fire of Itzachilatlan- an affiliated network of sacred medicine traditions, Tribal Elders and Chiefs from ALL of the Americas who have been sharing their gifts and traditions with each other in the Sacred Condor/Eagle connection. He has been working with indigenous groups of South America such as the Camsra, Kogis and the Emberas through his in depth work with the ways of plant medicine, music and ancient wisdom keeping, Hernando has been offering his music and purification with in different environments, such as prayer circles, workshops, tribal elder facilitation, indigenous preservation projects and youth leadership. His prayers are focused on around the temascal, pipe ceremonies, and medicinal cleansing sessions.


 For more pictures on previous workshops, please check:



No prior dance experience necessary; however, participants should be in good physical conditions and prepared to acclimate to high altitude (12,500 ft).  A letter of introductions stating interest, previous dance/music/healing experience is required.  A written statement of medical issues is also required.


Cost of workshop:

1100 $ before September 15th

1200 $ after  September 15th

 Includes all national transportation from the guesthouse in La Paz onwards, mountain style simple lodging, food, workshops classes and purification ceremonies.

Participants are responsible for airport to guesthouse transportation and back.

On the 20th the group will start traveling to the Island of the Sun , and return to la Paz on the 28th. Participants depart home from La Paz the 29th.


Airfares are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Participants will fly to La Paz, Bolivia arriving on the 19th of October and return on the 29th of October. Good air fares can be found at www.clickandfly.com  ( NYC to La Paz 774 $) or www.sidestep.com

( NYC to la Paz 794 $)

The group will spend the 19th  in a hotel in La Paz;  On the 20th, the group will travel together via private bus to Copacabana (3 hours).  The group will then travel via boat and then a short hike to the guesthouse  on La Isla del Sol.  Donkeys and guides will assist with luggage. Dinner will be served at the guesthouse on the 20th. 


REGISTRATION & Information:

Limited to 20 participants.

Registration CONTACT:


Kiahkeya Office: contact Katie at (970) 759-5167

Checks or Money orders can be sent to

Kiahkeya Productions

707 Lorimer street apt 4

Brooklyn 11211 NY

Or please inquire about direct bank deposit.

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