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Darkness Dance: a Winter Butoh workshop with Paul Michael Henry on Saturday 1st December 2018
Butoh is an immersive dance form originating from Japan and dubbed the Dance of Darkness (Ankoku Butō). It doesn’t require any previous experience, and encourages an experience of life dancing, dark and light, the subconscious emerging through the flesh.
Sometimes weird, sometimes graceful, sometimes explosive….
Paul’s Dreaming Body butoh workshops offer a method of dance but also a method of embodied psychological practice, designed for people seeking to explore a creative way to express the memories, dreams, and possibilities hidden in their own body.
The training aims at acquiring body awareness through a set of exercises focused on coordination and disarticulation, dissolving of tension, balance, grounding and visualisation. This nurtures the flow of inner images, desires, conscious and unconscious memories and dreams, and our ability to perceive body energies and deep ‘body dreams’. The goal is to unlock the imagination-body through surrendering to images, giving rise to the unique dance within each of us.
These workshops are open to all. We are keen to welcome those of all body types, abilities and needs.
About Paul Michael Henry:
Paul is a Glasgow based dancer and artist whose work is performed all over the world. As of 2018 he have trained and performed with many of the most respected Butoh masters alive today in Europe and Japan, including: including Yoshito Ohno, Yukio Waguri, Masaki Iwana, Kayo Mikami, Seisaku & Yuri, Tadashi Endo, Yumiko Yoshioka, Imre Thormann, Moe Yamamoto, Yuko Kaseki and Gyohei Zaitsu. These workshops are a synthesis of these experiences and his own research.
The workshop costs £30 for 7 hours (£20 concession) and will take place in G25 at St Margaret's House.
Bring water and snacks, and dress comfortably for movement including on the ground.
Previous workshops have been well subscribed so book your tickets in advance if you want to be sure of a place: https://www.seetickets.com/event/darkness-dance-a-winter-butoh-workshop/st-margaret-s-house/1194935
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