A Resource for Performing Artists, Scholars and Audiences.
Butoh Festival Berlin
“My profession is the business of human rehabilitation, which goes today by the name of dancer”, Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh.
Butoh dance takes its origin in post-war Japan in the late 1950's . Born on the bones of upheaval and student's riots, a "revolt of the flesh", a phenomenon of that time and place, Butoh due to its genuine nature entirely corresponds modern times.
Breaking the boundaries of conventional dance concepts (Western and Noh), and the western archetypes of perfection, Hijikata pursued original, physical expression of dancers. He searched to liberate the body of cultural and social references, and to become the primary body, open to all metamorphosis, and living the extreme.
Nowadays we witness the new era of Butoh, in the course of its development under the new circumstances of cultural assimilation, integration with other dance styles and art forms.
Butoh Festival Berlin has prepared a profound program: a simposium, workshops, performances and screenings - to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Butoh. Among festival guests are acclaimed japanese butoh dancers Masaki Iwana,Yuko Kaseki, Minako Seki, Motimaru, Michiyasu Furutani, experts: professor Stephen Barber (GB), author of the book “Hijikata: Revolt of the body”, and Elena Polzer (DE), producer, MA in japanese studies.
Special guest of the festival – Butoh Master Masaki Iwana (JP/FR), who visits Berlin for the first time. Masaki Iwana is a rarity in that he still maintains the original Butoh spirit, having begun his dance career outside the “butoh genealogy” in 1975. Until 1982 he presented 150 experimental performances in which he stood straight, completely naked and perfectly still. Iwana represents the institute for the research of Butoh – La Maison du Butoh Blanc, based in southern Normandy in France.
Symposium - artist & expert talks, round table.
Screenings. Performances. Open Jam.
It’s a challenge for those who passionately pursue the highest reward – the metamorphosis to a “danced body”. 2 intense days, 12 hours, 6 teachers:Tebby Ramasike (South Africa), Michiyasu Furutani (Japan), Yuko Kaseki (Japan), Özlem Cosen (Germany), Marina Epp (Germany), Minako Seki (Japan).
We are happy to see you soon on the festival!