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Form of Soul
Butoh Workshop 
by Motimaru Dance Compagnie

18-20 Nov 2016 Brussels

“kara‐da” (からだ) means body in Japanese. “ kara” means emptiness and “ da” means standing or existence.

This is how they have been considering what the body is, or who we really are...

Motimaru was founded in Tokyo by Motoya Kondo & Tiziana Longo, two dancers trained at the Kazuo Ohno Butoh Dance Studio. Motimaru aims to grasp the essence of butoh and also have researched about Balinese dance, Noh theater, Modern dance, Sufi dance, to find intersections between the West and the East, the ancient and the modern in a continuous line across cultures rooted in nature

What we are looking for is a form which is not bound by traditions which is free and connected to our own daily life and deeply based on that universal reality of body, dance and existence: what we called "Form of soul". The ordinary daily body is made by many layers and like a sponge contains everything, what we eat, how we work, our past memories, ancestors. When the body is full we lose the perception of what our body is.

Through an anatomical reflection of the body we will squeeze these layers to come back again to the neutral empty body, the essential quality to dance.

The workshop contains also elements of yoga and meditation.

For Who? This workshop is suitable for beginners as actors, dancers, architects, visual artists, bodyworkers and all those who are interested in the body.

Practical Information

When?:  18, 19 & 20 november 2016

From     11.30 to 17.30

Price:    250 Euros pp (225,- earlybird discount for first 8 inscriptions)

Where? Cellule 133a, Brussels,

            133A Avenue Ducpétiaux

Info & Inscriptions:

                             Tel: 0477813662


- Sharpening and opening the perception of body-mind-space

- Discovering unlimited diversity of movements and qualities of body-mind-space

- Learning the relation between body and mind

- Learning the way to control the quality of the body-mind-space in any elements

- Resulting in developing the relationship between body-space-nature-things-people


The contents of the workshop vary in each workshops, but main structure of the workshop are divided in 4 stages as below:

Whitening (Returning to a neutral body-mind)

- YOGA Asana

- Body-scanning

- Joint[ing]

- Space-capturing

Basic movements

- Standing

- Walking

- Twisting

- Standing and sinking

- Falling and re-standing

- Creation of body parts (hands, eyes, back, arms, legs)

Metamorphose(Control the quality of the body-mind-space)

-1 Physical Level

- Different textures and qualities of body

-2 Meta-physical Level

- Embodying visual images (paintings, video arts, natural elements)

- Embodying sounds

Creating a performance

- Duo-group play

- Object play

- Relationship with music, objects, and costumes

- Coming into the space, disappearing from the space

- Composition and structured improvisation

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