Intro to Butoh & Movement with Yokko of Ren Gyo Soh
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The University of North Alabama's Department of Cinematic Arts & Theatre is pleased to present an Introduction to Butoh & Movement with award winning, internationally acclaimed performer, choreographer and teacher Yokko of Ren Gyo Soh.
In this two-hour introductory workshop, you will cultivate your creative instruments, allowing you to access not only internal materials but also external materials around for use in creative circumstances. Your body is a vessel and a tool for storytelling. You will practice letting go of your self to access your most "possible/ available body.” Through movement exercises, you will learn to integrate your instruments (Body, Mind & Soul) so that you may apply them to your work functionally.
From Ren Gyo Soh’s website: “Butoh is an experimental, avant-garde dance form. It originated and flourished in Japan, drawing influence from such art forms as German Expressionist dance (Neuer Tanz), American Modern dance, Spanish dance, as well as theatre, literature and fine art.”
From butoh founders Kazuo Ono and Tatsumi Hijikata:
"Butoh is a dance of life." - Kazuo Ono
"My dance is the expansion of human concept- letting a human body metamorphosis into anything including an animal, a plant, even an object which does not have a life, and the fundamental ideology of my butoh is finding the possibility." -Tatsumi Hijikata
This is a participatory and experiential workshop that will take place over Zoom. This workshop is designed for those with an interest in performance or physical storytelling. No prior experience is necessary. Please wear clothes suited for movement and plan to participate in a quiet space with minimal distractions that allows you physical freedom (at least a yoga mat’s worth of floor space is ideal).
This workshop is free to participate in, but requires advanced registration through Eventbrite. Registration closes at 5 pm on Friday, January 22nd, and participants will be emailed the Zoom link at that time.