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Butoh dance workshop with Motimaru in Antwerp

mei 4 @ 18:00 - mei 6 @ 18:00

Everything and Nothing

Module T: Contextualising Tatsumi Hijikata’s method and text

A 3-day Butoh workshop with Motimaru Dance Company

Butoh with Motimaru

100,000 years ago, when Homo sapiens emerged on this planet, the first human art 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.

A workshop with Motimaru Dance Company 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.

Tatsumi Hijikata’s work

This specific workshop is focusing on the methods and texts of the founder of butoh Tatsumi Hijikata, contextualising it for contemporary and future performing arts of 21st century. Through examining his texts as well as his choreography notation recorded by his dancers, approaching to it both theoretically and practically, the workshop will attempt to extract universal method that enables us to expand the concept of “body” or “human” and to allow us to embody unlimited diverse qualities of the universe. In the same time, the workshop intends to shed a critical light on it and searches for its evolution.

The workshop is open both for beginners and professionals.


– Exploring the method of embodiment of the images.
– Establishing the connection between physical and metaphysical levels.
– Exploring the method of creations of space (not only physical movement, but creation of space is essential)
– Examining irrevant “butoh” style, taste, and ideas, with creative critical attitude.
– Thus, blooming lotus in the mud of Butoh

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 30 cities.

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More info: / facebook: Motimaru

Registration: contact me here or mail to

Fee: €205
Your place is reserved after payment on account of Sofie-Ann Bracke, BE22 9795 5169 1747.

Friday, 18h – 21h
Saturday-Sunday, 11h – 18h


mei 4 @ 18:00
mei 6 @ 18:00
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Sofie-Ann Bracke
+32 486 93 11 22


Tutti Fratelli
Lange Gasthuisstraat 26
Antwerpen, 2000 België
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