This movement lab is half led, half freeform. Derived from studies in modern dance and improvisation, yoga, butoh, breath work, drawing, story and contemplation, the aim is to get familiar with your instrument, your self, rhythm and flow, our environment and community. The first segment is a facilitated, movement class (no previous dance experience needed). Second half is a freeform dance.
Conscious freeform dance:
- helps develop and refine the awareness of our own movement style
- deepens our understanding of our anatomical and kinetic body
- helps us learn how to interact and adapt in different environments dancing for fun and in performance
- enhances our spatial relationship with others and the impact of those interactions
- helps us learn how to heal physically and emotionally through movement and state of mind.
MOVEMENTLAB WILL BE HELD ONLINE THURSDAYS 7pm (MDT) THROUGH THIS HEALTH CRISIS. SIGN UP HERE.
Ankoku Butoh is a dance, movement and theatrical art form invented in the 1960’s by Japanese choreographers and dancer-philosophers Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno meaning “The dance of absolute darkness.” Butoh, in its inception incorporated shamanism, expressive movement, investigation of our assumptions, humor, living with nature and being in this world as human animals. Every butoh dancer spawns a new form of butoh. That notwithstanding, there are principles of approaching movement from a butoh perspective: Investigation of movement, pushing beyond perceived boundaries, building agility and flexibility, building perceptive abilities, and recognizing the presence of ourselves and others, ultimately going beyond human form.
One of my teachers, who performed in Hijikata’s company said to me once, “Everything is butoh.” Something akin to everything having a buddha nature. So we watch for the intrinsic nature in everything; in our bodies and movements, in form and formlessness, in light and shadow. Butoh stands apart from the obvious, and says, “I am here, now. Who am I?”
We will work with sensitivity, impressions, Noguchi Taiso exercises, imagination-narrative, articulation and butoh-fu (choreographic notation and journaling).
Walking toward a distant star, through a vat of honey.
Tugging a taught string, attached to each others’ third eyes.
Waiting in waves, waving at passing trains, becoming dry grass.
Experiences drawn from the Hijikata and Ohno lineages.
Solo and group work.
Location and Pre-registration here:
coming soon to Taos NM
“My profession is the business of human rehabilitation, which goes today by the name of dancer… All the power of civilized morality, hand in hand with the capitalist economic system and its political institutions, is utterly opposed to using the body simply for the purpose, means, or tool of pleasure. Still more, to a production-oriented society, the aimless use of the body, which I call dance, is a deadly enemy which must be taboo.”
― Tatsumi Hijikata
We relate this to dancing in your living room in your underwear, singing in the shower, the uninhibited dance breakout that releases your stresses and is simply fun. This is a 100 minute dimly lit dance-out set to a playlist. First 40 minutes is a revolving playlist made by participants, last hour designed by Nadine. The intention is to offer a space where you can do your own thing in a safe container, lights off so inhibitions can be lowered, and just play. Great for the less social dancer/mover, for the trained dancer that needs some studio space to play, and for everyone who needs to shake out the stresses of life the way dance does like no other.
Check out some of the playlists on SoundCloud to get an idea….
held at TaoSatva in Taos, NM (online with MovementLab for now)