Butoh emerged from post-war Japan and acts as a radical challenge and catalyst for a deep and personal enquiry into the moving body. Butoh is not about doing movement but about being moved. Concentration is turned inward, away from the external mirror image of the body, to encourage a deep connection to the origin and impulses for movement.
There are already many histories of Butoh availabe on the internet so please do research! I reccomend reading books by Stephen Barber and Sondra Fraleigh.
Butoh Workshop and Class Content
Rotie's teaching embraces the lineages of both Kazou Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata. She has studied with a very wide range of Butoh and Body Weather teachers in Japan and Europe since 1992 and her teaching has now evolved into her own methods.
She aims to cmmunicate working with both Form and Spirit. She does not encourage students to copy her movement, but rather gives a valuabe space for artistic creation and investigation.
Participants are introduced to the value and power of working from imagination and from guided poetic imagery as tools for transformation: the body can discover many selves and extend into animal, plant or non-human entities.
Each session begins with intensive body training incorporating somatics, voice and Butoh techniques that concentrate on wave, spiral and circular movement patterns allied to breath and voice. Butoh walks are taught as tools for realising the power of movement within stillness, silence and emptiness.
Group and solo structures allow participants time to explore the fluid interface between inner and outer space and to enjoy the delicious quality of slow motion work allied to working with dynamic energy and impulses.