Philippine Butoh Online Workshop Series 2021

This is an online movement workshop series that intends to reintroduce the Japanese Butoh dance in the Philippines and integrate it with Philippine indigenous wisdom and ritualistic practices.

We invite 6 international Japanese Butoh artists from Japan, Germany and Italy that will share their artistic practice and will be collaborating with co-facilitator, Sasa Cabalquinto, in integrating a Butoh exercise into the context of a “Filipino body”. The project will run from October 8 to December 10, 2021 via Zoom platform.

We invite different local theater and dance companies, independent and collective groups of contemporary dance artists, student organizations, and other enthusiasts from the Philippines that would like to participate in the event all for FREE. We open the workshops for international participants on a donation-basis.

Yumiko Yoshioka Workshop

October 8 | Friday (7PM Philippine Time; 1PM Berlin Time)

Yumiko Yoshioka is a Japanese Butoh dancer and choreographer originally from Tokyo. Since 1988 she has been based in Berlin. Yumiko was a former member of Ariadone in 1974, the first female Butoh company, founded by Carlotta Ikeda and Ko Murobushi. In 1978, she performed with Carlotta and Ko in Paris ” Le Dernier Eden- Porte de L’Au-Dela “, the very first Butoh performance to be presented in a public theatre outside Japan. In 1988 she became a co-founder of tatoeba THÉÂTRE DANCE GROTESQUE with Minako Seki and delta RA’i in Berlin.(1988 – 1996) Between 1995 – 2015 she was a core member of TEN PEN CHii art labor, an interdisciplinary and experimental art formation as a dancer and a choreographer along with JoaXhim Manger (visual artist) and Zam Johnson (composer and musician). Since 1995 she has also set up various collaborative projects across Europe such as “eX…it!, Dance eXchange Festival” at Schloss Bröllin in Germany, dance projects with Gest-Azione, with Annalisa Maggiani from Italy; and dance creations with Rena Konstantaki from Greece. Many other collaboration with international artists and dancers encouraged Yumiko to unfold her own personal style of dancing and choreography.

Atsushi Takenouchi Workshop

October 17 | Sunday (5PM Philippine Time; 11AM Italy Time)

Atsushi Takenouchi joined the butoh dance company “Hoppo-Butoh-ha“ in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company was “Takazashiki” (1984), which was worked on by Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata. Atsushi started his own theme “Jinen Butoh” in 1986, and created solo works “Itteki” and “Ginkan,” as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times, environments. He made a three-year “JINEN” tour project throughout Japan for 600 site-specific improvisations (1996–1999). Since this time, he has been inspired by the spirit of the universe of Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. Since 2002, he has been mainly based in Europe, working on Butoh dance collaboration projects with dancers and actors in Italy, France, Poland, Spain, U.S.A., South America, and many other countries. Joining in festivals such as Paris Butoh Festival, NY Butoh Festival, Avignon Off Festival etc. he has been presenting his solo pieces. At the same time, he also collaborates with film makers.

Yuko Kawamoto Workshop

November 7 | Sunday (3PM Philippine Time; 4PM Tokyo Time)

Yuko Kawamoto is a Butoh dancer and choreographer. She began studying under Yukio Waguri in 1991, appearing in major works with “Yukio Waguri + Kozensha”, and learning the Hijikata Butoh method in asbestos hall of the founder of Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. The feature of her Butoh is to be transformed and to embody the affair which occurs to a body. After going independent in 1998, she began adapting Hijikata’s style to create her own, and became In 2000 she founded
“Shinonome Butoh”. Recently, she has been engaged in Butoh exchanges in Europe and Asia, notably with “Asia Butoh Tree Project”, which promotes Butoh around Asia and has been highly acclaimed. As a Butoh instructor, she analyzes the Hijikata Butoh method that has been left in his notations in a way that can be understood by people of different cultures and languages, and teaches it to inexperienced people in an easy to understand manner by breaking it down into different elements. She strives for people to maximise their individuality, and not stick to a specific style.

Minako Seki Workshop

November 20 |Friday (3PM Philippine Time; 4PM Tokyo Time)

Minako Seki is a dancer, choreographer and teacher, founder of the Minako Seki Company. Born in Nagasaki, Japan, she belongs to the third generation of Butoh Dancers. Since 1985 she danced in Tokyo with the company “DanceLoveMachine”. Her artistic approach cannot be separated from her personal philosophy of living, which in a holistic way combines vipassana meditation, macrobiotic cooking and Japanese traditional body healing techniques. Minako Seki lives and works in Berlin since 1986. Her first source of influence was the Japanese dancers Tetsuro Tamura and Anzu Furukawa. Both have in common a crucial consideration of human and emotional levels and the fusion of contemporary dance and physical theatre with the classic Butoh dance technique. In her pieces Seki investigates the communication between the conscious and the subconscious, the description of emotional states and the boundaries between reality and illusion.

Emiko Agatsuma Workshop

December 1 |Wednesday (10AM Philippine Time; 11AM Tokyo Time)

Emiko Agatsuma is a Butoh dancer, choreographer and art director of Agaxart that manages Butoh dancers and artists in Japan, producing innovative Butoh performances based on her Butoh method and aesthetics. She joined the biggest Butoh Company Dairakudakan on 1999. She had performed in every Dairakudakan productions until 2019 directed by Akaji Maro who is the founder. In 2014, she performed and directed “Niku-no-uta” at Kochuten theatre in Tokyo, and was invited from Japan Culture center in Paris, France in 2015 to perform her piece. Emiko got an award from Japan Dance Critics Association as the Best Young Artist in on the same year. She was also invited as a Butoh instructor by Shinehouse Theatre, Taipei, Taiwan and has given Butoh workshops at Waseda University, Taipei National University of the Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts and for professional performers in Japan and Taiwan. She was also a residency artist of Taipei Artist Village and performed “Future Temple”. Moreover, she was invited from Tjimur Arts Festival, Taiwan, furthermore the 39th
annual Battery Dance Festival in New York City in USA.

Dai Matsuoka Workshop

December 10 |Friday (7PM Philippine Time; 8PM Tokyo Time)

Dai Matsuoka is a Butoh dancer, and director of LAND FES, BUTOH Choreo Lab and Tokyo Real Underground Network. He graduated at Sophia University in the Faculty of Comparative Culture and Kuwasawa Design School. Matsuoka has been a dancer for SANKAI JUKU, a world-renowned Butoh dance company, since 2005. He has appeared in 9 pieces of Sankai juku’s touring performances including “Kinkan Shonen”, “Kagemi”, “Tobari”, “Unetsu” and “ARC”. He has also been directing the performance event “LAND FES” in Tokyo since 2011, in which audience is navigated to encounter live sessions by musicians and dancers taking place at different places in the town.