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Ren Gyo Soh Summer Workshop: Infinite Possibilities; Transformation
Grace & St. Paul Church
New York, NY
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Ren Gyo Soh Summer Workshop: Infinite Possibilities; Transformation
Infinite Possibilities; Transformation

Aug 10-12
Fri. 10th, 7-10pm
Sat. 11th,  2-6pm
Sun. 12th  2-6pm

All 3 Days (11 hours): $120 / $100 Early Bird

Day 1 (3 hrs): $35 / $30 (Students/Seniors/Artists)
Day 2 (4 hrs): $45 / $40 (Students/Seniors/Artists)
Day 3 (4 hrs): $45 / $40 (Students/Seniors/Artists)

"Butoh is a dance of life" - Kazuo Ono

"My dance is expansion of human concept- letting a human body metamorphosis into anything including an animal, a plant, even an object which does not have a life, and the fundamental ideology of my butoh is finding the possibility." -Tatsumi Hijikata

Class description

Life itself is Butoh to me. I see Butoh as a dance of life. Butoh is breathing itself. Our bodies are organic beings, and we are part of the Universe. Using a series of exercises from Butoh (a contemporary dance form from Japan) plus voice & movement exercises, this class will guide to the freeing organic movements from your soul and the ability to be available for the creative process in life.

These exercises increase physical awareness; help to develop concentration & relaxation, and support you to not only connect with your inner truth, but the outside world. All exercises encourage to explore, discover, and deepening yourself. Through Butoh training, we will be releasing unnecessary tension, self-consciousness, and preconceived notions, and finding space inside our body and outside. The body is a vessel. And emptying the vessel is the key to transform- create something new.

"There is no lightness without darkness"

Butoh brings vibrancy to your life. And its practice challenges your limitations physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. And in this way you develop your own living body. You may experience more living than you do in your daily life. Butoh cultivates and activates your vital energy. **Open to any levels. Please tell the instructor your physical condition before participate.

"Pay attention to the cracks, because that's where the light gets in." - Leonard Cohen

About Ren Gyo Soh:
is a multi-award winning New York-based group. It was founded by Yokko in spring of 2014. It produces works collaborating with other artists using Butoh, contemporary dance, movement, acting, yoga, and voice. Ren Gyo Soh hosts seasonal workshops 4 times annually. Yokko created Ren Gyo Soh to be her KAI, a Japanese word, meaning group, to broaden her training, and create new works to share, and to collaborate with other artists. Mission Statement:"Being a cultural bridge through performing arts". Its major work is Butoh Medea ( Recent Events: UNFIX NYC 2017, 2016, Butoh Festival 2015, Unfix Japan symposium 2017
Workshops: International Butoh Workshops: Turin, Italy, Warsaw, Poland, Edinburgh, UK, NYC Seasonal Workshop (2014-) Recent works: Hide Your Fires(2017), SHINKA (2017, 2016), SHINKA-souls-(2017), Yuragi (2016), SHINKA evolution- (2015), The Name of Action (2015), Going to Bed (2015), A Green Bird (2015), The Red Shoes (2015) Humore etude vol.1- (2014), Butoh Medea (2014-), Hoich -the earless- (2014)

About instructor:
Yokko is the founder/producing artistic director of Ren Gyo Soh, an actress, Butoh & Theatre artist, Solo performer/writer, Theatre educator and certified Therapeutic Yoga instructor from Nagoya, Japan. She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including Best One-Woman Show for her Butoh Medea (United Solo 2014 at Theatre Row). Butoh Medea was invited to present at United Solo Europe, Warsaw, Poland (Teatr Syrena, Warsaw, Poland), then toured to Edinburgh Festival fringe (Paradise Green), and is nominated for Asian Arts Award. Her new work, Hide Your Fires also won Best Physical Theatre at United Solo NYC in 2017. Her work is deeply rooted Japanese culture, and she collaborates with local artists to blend different cultures to create new work. (
She has been holding her workshop nationally internationally. (Italy, Poland, Scotland, Turkey and several cities in USA)

"Be the change that you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi


Grace & St. Paul Church (View)
123 West 71st street
New York, NY 10023
United States



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