American Butoh Invasion

5 Dec 2022 – 16 Dec 2022

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:50
10:00 – 17:50
10:00 – 17:50
10:00 – 17:50
10:00 – 17:50

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Living Art / Motion Sculpture - Psychosomatic Transformations: a series of Butoh workshops by artist/dancer Cilla Vee in collaboration with other American Butoh teachers.


Workshop Sessions:

Week 1: Living Art – Body and Voice

During Week 1 we will engage the performance pedagogy Living Art as a method to address the Self as medium for art. Living Art is both deconstructive and expansive in its approach. Deconstructive in that it seeks to identify the raw materials of the self as well as the raw materials of the environment and of other entities in relationship to self. Expansive in that it seeks to go beyond the self – to surrender self in transcendence and open a way towards absolute unity with all.

Living Art is comprised of two categories:

Body Tuning – is a series of rigorous personal investigations to explore, define and expand possibility within the context of the bodys most fundamental states.

Creative Response – provides settings for a specific inquiry into the relationship of Self to Other and the discovery of authentic response.

Week 2: Motion Sculpture – Performance Installation

During Week 2 we will focus specifically on the movement method Motion Sculpture and the performative context of Installation. The practice of Motion Sculpture devotes itself to pure aesthetic form. One can transcend the ego in an act of commitment to each present moment. The concept of transition is both eternal and non-existent as each micro-shift becomes a new shape in relationship to space. The increments of time become a row of dots that form a continuous line. The concept of installation causes performance to become durational. It no longer has a beginning or end but evolves as an environment.

The final three days of this workshop series will be devoted to full immersion in Motion Sculpture Movement Installations.


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