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Motimaru Butoh Dance intensive 10day workshop 2015

Form of Soul – Motimaru Dance Company 10days intensive butoh workshop, 24th of August -  2nd of September


About the Workshop:

 100,000years ago, when Homo sapiens emerged on this planet, the first human art has emerged in the dark cave, where eyes cannot see. What they were seeing with the eyes of the body-mind is the depth of our unconscious. Times change, but this must be a fundamental principle of human art.   

 Our everyday life passes, eating, working, or dancing, within a limited cage, burying rich nature within us. Educations, traditions, or even learning dance could mold various forms of cages. Free improvisation could also end up struggling in the same cage. But when we observe forests carefully, so many varieties of forms and qualities of plants, flowers, stones, winds, and sounds astonish us. This workshop is an invitation for diving into the unknown forest of our body-mind, discovering unlimited movements and qualities within us, and transforming the personal journey into universal poems. 


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(The scenes in the video with view to the sea have taken place at Babel Studio, the place where the workshop will be done)


Workshop menu:


Whitening (Returning to a neutral body-mind)

- Yoga asana

- Body-scanning

- Joint[ing]

- Space-capturing


Basic movements

- Standing 

- Walking

- Twisting

- Standing and sinking

- Falling and re-standing

- Creation of body parts (hands, eyes, back, arms, legs)



-1 Physical Level

- Different textures and qualities of body


-2 Meta-physical Level

- Embodying visual images (paintings, video arts, natural elements) 

- Embodying sounds


Creating performance

- Duo-group play

- Object play

- Relationship with music, objects, and costumes

- Coming into the space, disappearing from the space

- Composition and structured improvisation


During 10days workshops, there will be talking and in-edit video from direct fieldwork researches on traditional and ritual dances of Bali, south India, Nepal as well as butoh.



Duration of the workshop: 24th of August - 2nd  of September , 10 days, 5 hours a day, total 50 hours


(There is the possibility to participate for a shorter period of time.For more info please contact us at the e mail listed below)


Cost of the workshop: 370 euro (early birds - for reservations until 1st of July)

Cost for accommodation and food: 370 euro 

The participants will stay in traditional architecture studios just above the main practice hall, where the workshop will take place. Accommodation will be shared. The rooms have view to the sea and the beach is just one minute by foot under the studio :-) The food package contains of one rich breakfast, one full meal and cold herbs and fruits during the day.We will cook Greek cuisine together by turns with fresh vegetables from the island.


(For reservations after the  1st of July the price will change. It will be 420 euro for the workshop and 400 euro for accommodation and food)


To reserve your seat a pre-pay amount (non refundable) of 80 euro is required.


Limited number of participants.


Information - Entries: Tel. 0030 6933475651, 0030 6936842856 





About Motimaru


Motoya Kondo and Tiziana Longo have their background in performing art, modern dance, martial arts, and butoh. After they studied and worked for 5 years with Yoshito Ohno, son of Kazuo Ohno, they left Japan and started fieldwork research about traditional and ritual dances in Japan, India, Bali, and Tibetan area in Nepal. Out of these experiences, they keep experimenting for authentic dance method beyond any genres, and have been performing and teaching in Europe, Asia, Australia in over 25 cities.

(More info: / facebook: Motimaru )