Intensive Butoh Workshop in Aarhus, Denmark

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Intensive Butoh Workshop in Aarhus, Denmark

Time: September 21, 2012 at 4am to September 23, 2012 at 4am
Location: Brobjergskolen
Street: Frederiks allé 20, DK-8000 Aarhus
City/Town: Aarhus
Phone: +45 529 087 57
Event Type: workshop
Organized By: Louise Jørgensen
Latest Activity: Aug 23, 2012

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We are pleased to invite you to an intensive weekend with dance, body awareness and butoh at Brobjergskolen in Aarhus, september 21-23. Learn more about the workshop and sign up here:

Butoh is a modern dance style that originated in the late 50’s in Japan. The founding fathers of this style, Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, collaborated for many years and created a new approach to dance, which was later called ‘Butoh’. Although butoh was a product of their collaborative work, they were also creating separately, each developing his own style of butoh. Hijikata’s butoh was often referred to as ‘dark’ – he himself called it at one point ‘The Dance of Darkness’. In his pieces he often distorted the body, using spastic, tense movements. He was trying to move as far away from the aesthetic ballet approach to dance as he could, sometimes to the point of ‘shock art’. Ohno, on the other hand, created out of love. His work was more soft and gentle, full of compassion and poetry. So from these two founding fathers emerged two very different styles of butoh: - the ‘dark’, ‘ugly’, sometimes shocking style, and the ‘light’, poetic, often aesthetic style. Although much of the butoh that was created over the years can be associated with one of these two styles, there have been many butoh artists that have developed their own understanding and interpretation of butoh, creating new styles. This actually, according to Hijikata and Ohno, is at the core of butoh. They have always claimed that one can not imitate butoh – butoh must come from the heart and soul, therefore each and everyone has their own butoh that they must discover. Yael is a student of Yoshito Ohno. She has been practicing butoh since ’95. Her style of butoh is strongly influenced by Zen, which she has been practicing since ’97, as well as her background as a theatre actress. Practical: Schedule: Fri 21.9: 16-20, sat 22 + sun 23: 11-16 It is possible to attend the workshop all 3 days, or just saturday and sunday. Place: Brobjergskolen, Frederiks Alle 20, 8000 Aarhus C, Danmark Price: Dkr. 800 (fri-sun) or Dkr. 650 (sat+sun) Price: 110€ (fri-sun) or 90€ (sat+sun) Deposit: 200 Dkr/27€ Registration: send an email to with a short line about yourself, and transfer the deposit with your full name and the note 'BUTOH SEPTEMBER'. Please transfer your deposit at registration to Merkur Bank, reg. no: 8401, account no.: 1123605 (if you are from abroad, send an email to and I will pass the necessary information). You will receive an email confirming your registration. (A limited number of discount admissions can be granted in exceptional cases). The workshop is arranged by Yael Gaathon and Louise Jørgensen. Please contact Louise at or phone +45 529 087 57 for details. Private lodging for participants from out of town can be offered at Louise's house in Aarhus. We are looking forward to meet you and dance together in september :-) Yael and Louise

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