Monday, August 6, 2018

Ankoku-Butoh Workshop with the Harupin-Ha Dance Theater




The Harupin-Ha Dance Theater will be coming to Los Angeles September 15-16, Oct. 6-7, and Nov.3-4 to share their holistic style of Ankoku-Butoh.

Techniques transcend beyond the dance studio and stage. From daily maintenance, core work, and internal imagery, techniques become useful in daily life and provide a foundation for life long learning and growth. These workshop will culminate with a performance in December.

This is the first of the workshops. Feel free to invite anyone to this that you feel might be interested. It is truly a rare event to have butoh masters Koichi and Hiroko Tamano in LA.


September 15 &16 (Saturday and Sunday) 11am-3pm
October 6 &7 (Saturday and Sunday) 11am-3pm
November 3&4 (Saturday and Sunday) 11am-3pm

Cost: 40 for one day, 60 for both

To reserve a spot email:
josie: info@razethewhitebox.com

*Walk-ins welcomed

We Live in Space
2520 W Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90018

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Harupin-Ha Dance Theater

Koichi and Hiroko Tamano were among the very first to perform Ankoku Butoh, which translates literally to “the dance of darkness.” The genre emerged in the late 1950s in post-atomic bomb Japan. It was created by two dancers, Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata, who sought to create a new, uniquely Japanese form of expression that completely rebelled against the Establishment, and both Eastern tradition and Western styles. Koichi joined Hijikata’s dance company in 1960, as did Hiroko a few years later. Hijikata encrouaged the Tamanos to introduce Butoh to the United States. The Tamano’s performance in the 1976 “Japan Now” exhibition at SFMOMA was the first Butoh seen by an American audience and made a big sensation. The Tamanos moved their dance company Harupin-Ha from Tokyo to Berkeley, California in 1979 with the blessings and encouragement of their teacher. For decades the Tamanos lead dance workshops in Berkeley and also operated the restaurants, Country Station and Tamasei, which served as meeting places for the dance and theater communities of the Bay Area. They are known for their holistic approach to the art of Butoh. The Mayor of the City of Berkeley, California declared March 28th, 2017 to be the “Koichi and Hiroko Tamano Day.”

Corporeal Reformation Exploration (@ Zorthian Ranch)







Body awareness, conditioning, and exploration meet up.

Please come join us at the Zorthian Ranch for this exploration. Bring water, a towel, free moving clothes, comfortable athletic shoes (the flatter the better), A yoga mat, if you got it (well be on the floor outdoors), a willingness to sweat, play and explore the environment outside and with-in yourself. Feel free to invite anyone that you feel might be interested.

The session will be divided into three section roughly one hour each.

1.Warm up

2.Flow work

3.Meditative/ Stretch

Heavily influence by butoh techniques, others are welcomed. Feel free to bring in movement ideas that will work in these areas. If you are unsure, come along and see how this session will function.

This is all levels. Listen to your body and keep your own pace.

*Next Corporeal Reformation Exploration will be August 19.

**These sessions will end in a meditative play experience/ photo / video shoot at the end of the month.*

info@razethewhitebox.com


5-10 suggested donation
11:30am-2:30pm
Zorthian Ranch
3990 Fair Oaks Ave, Altadena, California 91001


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josie j:

My movement practice is an extension of my search to unlock internal memory. This "built-in" info I believe will help us function in this planet not as separate individuals but as part of an organism.

I have started to collect exercises and play activities that I believe will help awaken already built in ways of healing, conditioning, and inherent ways of centering yourself.

Some of these methods include: Working with dichotomies, open eye imagining/ meditation, theories of flow, metamorphosis, athletic conditioning (endurance for ecstatic dance) sensation work (meditations to awaken sensitivity) and play (playing with forms {playing within parameters}).


When it comes to body work my background started with performance art, branched out to Butoh and now Martial Arts. I still am actively searching and wanting to learn and share new methods of body work. I am interested in the exchange of these ideas and fascinated with how lineages grow and cross pollinate.

My hopes is to build a way to become fully the animal we could be. In a way a universal way of approaching movement that is approachable and helps in everyday life, work, self defense and in play. Not animal as reactionary but adaptable and intellect, contributing to the graciousness of our ancestors.

I don't see myself as a teacher but possibly a facilitator that wishes to learn as well.

I personally use the term Corporeal Reformation, a way of saying at this moment my body needs a reevaluation, a reorganizing, a re-shifting that is deep and spiritual.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Face the Music Dance Festival

Butoh has influence me in ways that extend pass the imprint it has left on my body and dance.  Working with the Harupin-Ha Dance Theater is always a lesson is conscious existing.  Therefore this fest is not only a milestone for me but an honor, a gift, and a challenge...so it goes... growth stops in death,...but even death is a transition. 




Monday, April 2, 2018

Butoh Workshop in Ireland with Hiroko Tamano






Butoh Workshop in Ireland with Hiroko Tamano.

April 9-12. 



Full workshop (4 days): 100 euros
one day (drop ins): 30 euros

Work Shops Dates: 11AM~4PM , April 9th,10th, 11th

Location: Olympic Karate Club, 81-83, Shandon Street, Cork, Ireland Telephone:00-353-21-4397666

Performance at same location : April 12, 2PM~3PM ( we may work Noon~4PM )


Work Shop :

Introducing " AnKoku- Butoh ( Dance of Darkness ) 12hr Workshop.

Through learning Butoh Master Koichi TAMANO's Method, you will know what body is, what mind is, why you are here in this life, a life with a limited time, a life that is in constant limbo between vitality and death, beauty and the grotesque, Joy and sorrow.

Performance : One hour performance based on Work Shop's vocabulary.


Please share if you know anyone that would be interested in this once in a lifetime opportunity to study with Hiroko Tamano Sensei, one of Hijikata Tatsumi's early bright students when he started out.



Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ankoku Butoh Gathering, Life and Death Celebration March 18

 
 
Come see a variety of dancers, including me, at this life and death celebration.
 
 
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The second annual Butoh gathering in honor of the founder of Ankoku Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-1986). Buto, live music and a bonfire with Okkon serving local Japanese street food available for purchase.

Butoh in the Nature
1pm - 3pm : Free to Public at Live Oak Park #2 Picnic area
- Music: Caleb & Pepp Family Band
- Food: Okkon Japanese Street Food

- BUTOH Choo choo train ride!!
- Peace Crane Origami making --> send to Hiroshima
- Seed Bomb making Muddy circle

BUTOH show case ...
4pm - 6pm Berkeley Art Center
Tickets at the Door: $5 ~ $50


http://www.berkeleyartcenter.org/calendar-1/berkeley-butoh-gathering
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