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Butoh & Movement Workshop with Yokko
Grace & St. Paul's Church
New York, NY
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Butoh & Movement Workshop with Yokko
Ren Gyo Soh's Butoh & Movement Workshop with Yokko

I have been traveling a lot lately, and getting more training in Butoh & movement (Especially Pure Movement) and experience more to expand my way of seeing the world. I would love to share my updated experience into this workshop. I really enjoy my discovery, and excited to share with you!

"My dance is the 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

"Butoh is a dance of life" - Kazuo Ono

"You are enough" -Elizabeth Kemp

In this workshop, you will cultivate your instruments so that you may access not only internal materials but also external materials around for any creative circumstances.

Through Butoh training, you will be revealing, discovering, and unfolding hidden self- which is a gift that you have-, and be able to share them with others, and explore its possibility to transform. You will practice to let go of your self to be "possible body" (I call it "available body" as well.), which you may able to transform to anything else-(can be a living object or non-living objects- can be a character)- you are a vessel. Through movement exercises, you will learn knowledge of your instruments, so that you may apply it to your work functionally.

Everyone is different- so that when you bring the individuality into a life, it will blossom with the unique surprise of the artists' invention. Butoh brings vibrancy to your life. And it challenges your limitations physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. You will develop breathing, concentration, relaxation, emotional capacity, physical and mental stamina, and imagination. And in this way, you develop your own living body. You may experience more living than you do in your daily life. Butoh activates your vital energy.

This Workshop incorporates Butoh, Pure Movement, Yoga, basic acrobatic & gymnastics, Lecoq technique, Laban Movement, ViewPoint, Acting, and Linklater Voice.

Time & Date:
Friday & Saturday February 1-2, 2019

Friday,     February  1st:  6-9pm (3h)
Saturday, February 2nd: 1-6pm (5h)

Both Day (8h):                  $76 (at the door $80-)  
Friday, 6-9pm (3h):          $31 (at the door $35-)
Saturday  1-6pm (5h):      $51 (at the door $55-)
Students / Artists Discount rate (IN ADVANCE)
Both day:(8h)                   $71 (at the door $75-)
Friday 6-9pm (3h)           $26 (at the door $30-)
Saturday 1-6pm (5h)       $46 (at the door $50-)

PAYPAL PAYMENT is Available too. Visit: www.rengyosoh.com

No Prior Butoh, Acting, Dance experiences require
If you have any questions, please PM me.

"There is no light without darkness" -many people say that, but this is one of the thoughts I discovered inside of me a few years ago during Butoh training.

"Butoh is a sensation; not a presentation"-
this is one of the thoughts I had while I was teaching.

"Butoh is breathing" - Many teachers say this- (I say this a lot from my other training like voice & movement, but also one of my teachers, Yuri Nagaoka said that.)

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

About Instructor:
Yokko is an actor, a Butoh & Theatre Artist, Movement & Physical Theatre educator. Yoga Instructor & Jikiden Reiki master from Japan. She has been regularly teaching weekly classes, and holding workshops in several places include NYC, Turin (Italy), Edinburgh (UK), Warsaw (Poland), Izmir (Turkey), St. Lawrence University (NY), SUNY New Paltz (NY), Amherst College(MA), and at some events such as Ecstatic Dance.

She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including Best One-Woman Show, "Best Choreography" and "Best Actress" for Butoh Medea (United Solo 2014 NYC at Theatre Row, TVolution 2018 Hollywood Fringe Awards). Butoh Medea was selected to perform in Warsaw, Poland. (United Solo Europe 2015, Teatre Syrena), toured Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, nominated The Asian Arts Award. Other Theatre credits include: Hide Your Fires (NU Works with Pan Asian Rep, United Solo 2017: Theatre Row) BALDY (CRS, United Solo 2013, HFF 2013, Fringe NYC 2012), ISIS Variation (Fringe NYC 2014), FACET (Irondale Center, Wave Rising Series, HFF 2013). Yokko also acted in several of local and international films, one of which is the Student Academy Silver Winner film, Cloud-Kumo (2016). She is the associate artistic director of The Ume Group as well as the artistic director of Ren Gyo Soh in NYC. Winner of Outstanding Production, Choreography, and Ensemble (SHINKA at Planet Connections 2018), Best Physical Theatre (Butoh Medea, United Solo 2015). Best Physical Theatre, Best Sound Design (Hide Your Fires at United Solo 2017) B.A in Theatre (UAlbany), MFA in Acting (The Actors Studio). www.rengyosoh.com; www.butohmedea.com

Winner of Outstanding of Choreography
Winner of Outstanding Production of an experimental of a dance piece
Winner of Outstanding of Ensemble of an experimental or a dance piece
(above three awards are for SHINKA, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018)
Winner of Best Actress (Butoh Medea, TVolution Hollywood Fringe Award 2018)
Winner of Best Physical Theatre (Hide Your Fires, United Solo NYC 2017)
Winner of Best Sound Design (Hide Your Fires, United Solo NYC 2017)
Winner of Best Physical Theatre (Butoh Medea, United Solo NYC 2015)
Winner of Best Choreography (Butoh Medea, United Solo NYC 2014)
Winner of Best One Woman Show (Butoh Medea, United Solo NYC 2014)

Recipient of Special Award (Butoh Medea, Thespis Festival 2018, Kiel, Germany)
Recipient of Green Award (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2018 NYC)

Nominee for Best International Play (Butoh Medea, Hollywood Fringe 2018)
Nominee for Best Dance and Physical Theatre (Butoh Medea, Hollywood Fringe 2018)
Nominee for Best Supporting Actress (Messenger in Antigone, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity 2016)
Nominee for Asian Arts Award (Butoh Medea, Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015)
Nominee for Best International Play (BALDY, Hollywood Fringe 2013)


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


Arts > Dance
Arts > Theatre
Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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