BUTOH INTENSIVE ‘Imagery in Butoh’

end of 2022 Workshop with NATSUKO KONO

BUTOH INTENSIVE ‘Imagery in Butoh’

Dates: 12th-13th-14th-15th December 2022
Time: 10h-14h
Venue: EDEN***** Studio 150.1, Breite Strasse 43, 13187 Berlin

Fee: 200€

Open level
The workshop will be given in English.

Butoh is well know for using transformational imagery in a very particular way. Perhaps all dance and movement work makes use of imagery in some way, but there is something distinctive about Butoh’s use of language and its way of working with that language. Butoh engages with imagery not as something to be expressed through the body, but as a process that sets the body in motion and into metamorphosis. What we call “images” in Butoh are not purely visual phenomena. They need to be considered for all their sensual and textural qualities, such as sound, temperature, motion, shape or taste.

Over 4 days you will be guided on a journey of exercises that heighten your consciousness of the space between and beyond. You should consider the surface of the body, the skin as a sensory organ and as a kind of membrane or boundary between inside and outside of the body. From there we will work with our relationship to imagery. You will be also introduced some of the Butoh Fu (notations) to work with. It is a chance that you can set aside any emotional judgment and to manifest images in physical details.

Natsuko Kono
Dancer, Dance Teacher and Choreographer
Born and grew up in Kobe, Japan
Studied Performing Arts, Dance at the Birkbeck University of London
Worked with Butoh Artists Yumiko Yoshioka, Katsura Kan, Tadashi Endo in their dance
productions and in an Opera by Doris Dörrie
Performed as a solo artist at Paris Butoh Festival, Dublin Butoh Festival, Moving Bodies
Festival and many more
Invited for Butoh workshops held in England, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, Scotland,
Portugal, Serbia, Romania and Japan
Has lived and worked in Berlin/Rügen since 2015
Founded ‘Butoh Initiative’ in 2016 as a long-term training project

photo: Karsten Bartel