Kapwa Butoh Camp 2022

A 2-day Butoh Workshop and Retreat camp that gathers local participants immersing in Tanay, Rizal to commune with nature and connect with the Dumagat Community by integrating the three notions of Kapwa— buhay (life), pag-ibig (love), and hininga (breath) through holding a space for butoh dance workshops, and community immersion through the Kwentong Dumagat human library and tree-planting community service.

The participants will live, eat, sleep and dance together while also engaging to conversations about the Dumagat community. The camp aims to create a space where people can integrate their learning and understanding of Kapwa— the self in the other, through the indigenous wisdom of Dumagat tribe about the man’s inter-relationship with nature.


The Dumagat tribe of Sitio San Andres, Tanay, Rizal has its origin the same with Aeta’s in Northern Luzon. Their ancestral origin is traced from Negrito’s which is one of the earliest inhabitants in the Philippines. They are found in the hillsides and mountains of Quezon, Bulacan, Rizal and Laguna provinces. The term “Dumagat” is thought to be derived from the word “rumakat”, “lumakat” or “lumakad” which signifies the migration of early Negritos in Philippines by walking in land and not by the sea. They prefer to call themselves taga-bundok (from the mountains) or magkakaingin (those who practice kaingin).

Ground1 Arts Retreat Space is a home to love-minded individuals who seek to commune with nature and experience community activities through art and healing therapies. Located in the rich mountains of Tanay, Rizal; this creative healing space is founded on 2020 by Christine Crame and Madonna Tinoy.

About the Facilitator

Sasa Cabalquinto is a Filipina independent movement artist, Butoh dancer, choreographer, theater and film actress, and artist collaborator whose pursuing the different possibilities of movement in the works of Japanese Butoh form through collaborative arts. She is the program director and founder of Kapwa— Movement, an integrated form of Butoh dance in the context of Philippine indigenous wisdom and ritualistic practices. An awardee of Alvin Erasga Tolentino Koreograpiya Award 2020, CCP Choreographers Series WiFiBody.PH New Choreographers Competition 2018 3rd Prize winner, and PUP Outstanding Achievement Awardee in the Arts in Dance 2014, she is one of the first Butoh practitioners in the Philippines and the first Filipina to study Butoh in Japan. She is also a former dance teacher and choreographer in Trumpets Playshop and The Addlib Dance Company, and with concluding two artist residencies in Para Sa Sining— a collective of cultural changemakers, and Koryolab: Virtual Residency for local mid-career choreographers in the Philippines. She is a grantee of Para Site NoExit Grant for Unpaid Artistic Labour- Philippines, and Asia Arts and Culture Grant of Japan Foundation Manila for her work Kapwa— Movement Project. Sasa is currently the soul sister, project collaborator and one of the resident facilitators for wellness retreat in Ground1 Arts Retreat Space in Tanay, Rizal.