Motimaru 1month Butoh Workshop & Performance Creation

"Everything & Nothing - metamorphosing body-mind -"

Motimaru 1month Butoh Workshop & Performance Creation

Dates: 1st August - 26th August 2022
Mon.-Fri. 9:00 -15:00 + 27th & 28th August final performance as a part of a performance series "Mirrors"

Venue: DOCK 11, Kastanienallee 79, 10435 Berlin

Fee: 1080euro / 980euro if registered before 5th July / 880euro if registered before 5th June
(In case of participating only the first 2weeks: 600euro / 540euro if registered before 30th June / 480euro if registered before 31st May)

Reservation & Info:

Limited to 15 participants


One day can be an intensity of one month,
One week can be an intensity of one year,
One month can be an intensity of one life...

Exploring the reality of body-mind,
Reconnecting with the vast space within,
Allowing innate richness to flow,
Letting all the joys and sorrows dance,
Transforming personal experience into universal poems
Beyond dance, towards the evolution of existence

“Vast empty space and innumerable splendor qualities”
When we encounter masterpiece ink-painting, traditional Japanese theatre Noh, Haiku poetry, Ikebana flower arrangement, butoh, and so on, not only the objects, shapes, or dancers attract us but the vast sense of empty space emerges in front of us. At the same time, we can sense vibrance in such empty space and innumerable splendor different qualities manifest lively. This is not about Orientalism or Japonism, but rather revealing of the universal truth of the existence through art.
Our everyday life passes, eating, working, or dancing, within a limited cage, burying enormously rich nature within each of us. Educations, traditions, or even learning dance could mould various forms of cages. But when we observe forests carefully, so many varieties of forms and qualities of plants, flowers, stones, winds, and sounds under the sky astonish us. This workshop is an invitation to explore the method to encounter with the sky and the forest of our body-mind, discovering unlimited movements and textures within us, and transforming the personal journey into universal poem.
There will be also talking and video screening of the fieldwork researches on traditional and ritual dances of Bali, south India, Tibet, and Japan, as well as butoh works.

  • The workshop is addressed to professional performers and artists from any discipline as well as non professionals, whoever is interested in the principles of body-mind-space that lies behind any kind of creations.

First two weeks: Basic trainings
Last two weeks: Creation of solo/group performances.

① Whitening (Returning to a neutral body-mind, Preparing body to be an objective object)

  • Body-scanning
  • Space-expansion
  • Reconnecting with silent space in the midst of the movement

② Basic movements (Discovering the maximum intensity of small simple movements)

  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Twisting
  • Standing and sinking
  • Falling and re-standing
  • Creation of body parts (hands, eyes, back, arms, legs)
  • Exploring external anatomy and movement principles
  • Exploring contemplative anatomy and movement principles
  • Connecting breath and body

③ Metamorphose (Discovering the unlimited diversity of different qualities of the body-mind-space)
③-1 Physical Level

  • Different textures of body
    ③-2 Meta-physical Level
  • Embodying sounds
  • Embodying images (paintings, video arts, natural elements)

④ Creating a performance (Discovering how to transform personal journey into universal poem on the stage)

  • Duo/group play
  • Inner process of building solo/group performances (materials and scores)
  • Time (continuity, flow, discontinuity, suspension...)
  • Minimal and maximal polarities
  • Relationship with music, objects, and costumes
  • Coming into the space, disappearing from the space
  • Composition and structured improvisation

About Motimaru:
Motimaru is a dance company founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo, based in Berlin since 2010. After they trained for 5 years at the Kazuo Ohno Dance Studio, studying and working as dancers and assistants of Yoshito Ohno – a son of Kazuo Ohno, they left Japan and have started fieldwork research about traditional and ritual dances in Japan, India, Bali, and Tibetan area in Nepal.
Motimaru define dance as a way to experience deeper reality of our existence and are experimenting to create a new authentic dance method beyond any genre.
They have been performing and teaching in: the finale of the Marathon of the Unexpected at Venezia Biennale 2010, 9th International Choreography Competition "No Ballet”, International Dance Festival Lucky Trimmer2016, Hildesheim University, Academy of Media Arts Cologne, etc., Europe, Asia, Australia in over 35 cities.