Hello everyone! I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to travel and study in Japan! I appreciate you all so much!
My journey through Butoh started by simply browsing videos on Youtube. About 11 months ago, I came across this enticing and dark dance wherein these white-faced people would slowly travel across a stage with some of the most interesting energy I'd ever seen. I was hooked.
Now that I had been exposed to this I was searching for what to do with it. Then my university Honors proposals were due and I thought "What better subject to study intensively for a year." So I submitted it and as it was accepted I began looking for possibilites to train. I searched in Europe and all around the US for possible Butoh workshops and intensives....but there was not many that were under $300 a class. I was feeling quite defeated when I decided to begin looking up the studios of the people who began the form (Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata). And to my surprise Ohno still has a running studio in Tokyo where the classes are only 35USD! I realized I should not let this opportunity pass me by, so I am planning a trip to Tokyo to immerse myself in the place where it all started.
Butoh has allowed me to not only study Japanese culture and history but reacquaint myself with a lot of Western dance and theatre culture such as: Genet, Surrealism, German Expressionism and western philosophy. I feel my research will be on-going but now I need to get this dance form in my body.
Thank you to everyone who can help me out and get out to Japan!
I will be holding various workshops after the trip and will keep all you backers updated on that! Thank you again so much!!
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