JINEN Butoh school with Atsushi Takenouchi

2017 October – 2018 March

10days per month

with residency in Toscana at Capannacce(Palaia/Pontedera/Italy)

Butoh: Atsushi Takenouchi , Accompanied by live music Hiroko Komiya, Assistant: Maruska Ronchi

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2017 Oct




2017 Nov




2017 Dec

9(Sat arrive),10(Sun)11,12,13,14(off),



2018 Jan




2018 Feb




2018 Mar




Dance with JINEN,
dance with all life which has been born from the universe.
Where do we really come from?
Long ago, at the time of the big bang, it seems that all forms of life composed on single and unique entity. If this is the case, hundred of millions of years have now passed, during which our respective lives have branched into different directions.
In the same way that a tree spreads into branches, the galaxy and stars have detached themselves from the trunk of the universe. The planets and Earth split off from the solar system. Furthermore, the earth, the sky and the sea have also branched and after this, plants and animals have subdivided. People, just like me, are also part of this ramification. And even variety of goods, variety of relics that human have made in the history, still more creative products from a machine civilization now are also part of this ramification. Nature and animals, people, artifacts and gods,  such as all of life equally lies ahead of this branches.
If those hundreds of millions of years have really built our body, then surely, somewhere inside of us, we should have kept a memory of when we were universe and stars, of when we were earth, of when we were stone and river, and mountain and wind and fire. And also we should have kept a memory of when we were flowers, trees, animals. Furthermore we should have kept a memory of living in relics, of living with gods mythology, of believing wings as extension of body to fly to the sky.
Open the door of these memories and let’s try and dance, transformed into those sun and moon, into those four elements, into those various life and various gods. Let’s dance with memory of various relics, various machines.
Those all born from the universe was life equally. And they were called “JINEN” in ancient Japan.
Let’s dance together with all this JINEN.
Through dance, let’s remember that our body was at one with Earth and the universe.
Furthermore, if the leaf that I am, coming from this branched universe, could feel, even just a little, the weight of those billions of years, then I will realize that, far from being just some simple little organisms, I myself, just like others, form the tree trunk constituting the beginning of the universe.
You are the star, you are the earth,
You are the wind, you are the river, you are the stone and fire,
You are the seed of the machine,  you are the relics, you are the myth of gods.
You are also the animal, imaginational creature.
You are the sprouting trees, shining glower.
You are all….
Through dance, the borders separating us from all those will progressively fade away. Life, under multiple shapes, is then linked to everything, and represents a dancing presence.
In the time of 6months let’s dance with all those JINEN as far as possible.

* Time : 9:00 or 10:00 – 19:00or 20:00 (including lunch break), 7-8hours/day, 10days course per month.
-At arrival day & Spazio Nu practice day has different time schedule.
– There will be also night session day. Depend on schedule, time will be flexible.
* Course language : English

* Course and residency at : seminar house located in Palaia, Toscana –  LE CAPANNACCE
Every month 1 weekend,
class will be hold at Spazio NU in Pontedera with weekend Butoh course participants.

* Arrival appointment : meeting appointment at 14pm at Spazio NU (Pontedera) on arrival day.
– If necessary, you can arrive one day before at Spazio NU. Please contact to us in advance.
* Departure time : From Capannacce, we transfer to Pontedera station at 12-13pm.
Practice 10days & 1day off , plus departure day.  In total you need 12days.
*( Only Oct we need arrival day too,in total 13days)

* Every month on final day, each presentation in studio, open air, site specific, etc.
* Final Butoh event in march: solo Butoh and group performance creation. The last 5 days presentation performance
of all participants. And solo Butoh Atsushi Takenouchi and guest dancers.

Requirement : This Butoh course is for dancers, actors, performers, person who makes training physical  expression. Desirable to have joined JINEN Butoh workshop already. Or Butoh workshop experience, or physical training experience.

Registration :
Please send your CV with writing your motivation for this Butoh course. When you register, advance course fee payment is necessary by bank transfer. Reservation is confirmed when we recognize your advance payment.
The priority is whole 6 month course register. But please contact also for 2 or 1 month register.
After you contact us for register, we will send the practical info.

Residency : At accommodation of LE CAPANNACCE. There is communal kitchen, dining, living room, terrace and garden with olive trees. It is located on the hill in beautiful country landscape with olive forest. There are 3 beds rooms, 2 beds rooms, single rooms.

Access :  Nearest airport; Pisa Airport 35 km, Florence airport 40 km. The nearest train station Montopoli is 10km away. And also from Pontedera station, 20 minutes by car. There is free parking. Also we arrange car pick up to station or town when needs. On the first arrival day, we all get together at Spazio NU for meeting. Then we depart together to seminar house.

Podere le Capannacce 130,I – 56036 Palaia (PI) – ITALY

On the first arrival day, we all get together at Spazio NU for meeting. Then we depart together to seminar house.

The seminar center Podere Le Capannacce, situated on a hill, surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and forests. The year-round house from 1771 is completely renovated and equipped with a heating system. The 150 square meters wooden floor studio is full of light and next to the garden. The residency building is also face to this garden with olive forests view. Palaia town and the village (the seminar house is located in Palaia) is a medieval village with Tuscan charm, tranquility and serenity.

Board : Meals are not included in the course price. So basically we think to make collective shopping and cooking together with everybody, and share the cost among the numbers.

***Additional note for long term students, you can keep on staying at this accommodation of seminar house with paying energy costs(heating/electric/water) in the number of people split by each month. Extra accommodation cost not necessary. Please contact us for this requirement in advance !!


SPAZIO NU – International center of movement study and research

butoh.spazionu@gmail.com, www.spazionu.com

tel. +39 0587 54 634, +39 329.09.08.119, +39 349.13.71.631

address : via Firenze 42/A – 56025 Pontedera (PI) Italy


Scuola di Butoh con Atsushi Takenouchi
Ottobre 2016 – Marzo 2017

musica dal vivo di Hiroko Komiya

Ogni mese 10 giorni di Butoh

con residenza in Toscana (Palaia/Pontedera/Italy)


Ottobre 2017  10(arrivo),11,12,13,14(Sab),15(Dom),16(riposo),17,18,19,20,21(Sat),22(partenza).
Novembre 2017; 11(Sab, arrivo),12(Dom),13,14,15,16(off),17,18(Sat),19(Sun),20,21,22
Dicembre 2017;  9(Sab arrivo),10(Dom)11,12,13,14(off),15,16(Sat),17(Sun),18,19,20(departure).
Gennaio 2018;  5(arrivo),6(Sab),7(Dom),8,9,10(off),11,12,13(Sat),14(Sun),15,16(departure).
Febbraio 2018;  3(Sab, arrivo),4(Dom),5,6,7,8(off),9,10(Sat),11(Sun),12,13,14(departure).
Marzo 2018; 3(Sab, arrivo),4(Dom),5,6

Danza con JINEN,

Tutti gli esseri viventi nati dall’Universo danzano con il Jinen .
Da dove veniamo ?
Dicono che prima del Big Bang c’era un unico Essere.
Dopo miliardi di anni, l’Essere si è ramificato per arrivare a noi che siamo degli esseri separati.
Come fosse un albero. Dal tronco dell’Universo si sono rmificate le galassie e le stelle.
Dal sistema solare si sono ramificate le pianete tra cui la nostra pianeta terra.
Dalla pianeta terra si sono ramificati la terra, il cielo e il mare che, alla loro volta, hanno visto ramificarsi le vita, vegetali e animali.
Noi essere umani siam solo una parte di questa ramificazione.
La ramificazione si estende generando i resti storici costruiti in diverse epoche fino ad arrivare alle creazioni della civiltà industriale di oggi.
Tutto ciò che esiste ora, la natura, gli animali, i prodotti artificiali e perfino i dei sono i risultati di questa ramificazione cosmica.
Il corpo umano, perciò, è stato formato attraverso questo processo iniziato milliardi di anni fa.
Allora, da qualche parte del nostro corpo, potremo trovare la memoria di quando eravamo l’Universo, la stella o la pianeta terra, la pietra o il fiume, la montagna, il vento oppure il fuoco.
Potremo trovare anche il ricordo di quando eravamo i fiori, gli alberi o gli animali di diverse specie.
Non potremo cercare anche i ricordi di quando vivevamo nelle città antiche ora in rovina insieme ai dei ?
Pure la memoria di quando eravamo muniti del meccanismo per volare chiamato le ali?
Dunque, apriamo la porta di queste memorie.
E danziamo trasformandoci nel sole, la luna, la terra, l’acqua, il fuoco, il vento, gli esseri mortali e immortali!
Danziamo anche con le rovine delle città anriche e con le macchine!
Tutto ciò che nato dall’Universo è ugualmente la vita che nel Giappone antico veniva chiamato il “Jinen”.
Danziamo con il Jinen!
Danzando ricordiamoci che il nostro corpo era una volta parte della pianeta terra e parte dell’Universo!
Se potessi sentire anche lievemente i miliradi di anni che sono passati su di me che sono soltanto una foglia nata dalla ramificazione cosmica, non sarò più un minuscolo essere vivente ma parte dell’albero cosmico nato all’origine dell’Universo.
Tu sei una stella. Tu sei la pianeta terra.
Tu sei il vento, il fiume, la pietra e il fuoco.
Tu sei il seme delle macchime, la rovina della città antica e i miti.
Tu sei gli animali reali e immaginari.
Tu sei l’albero che germoglia e il firore che splende.
Tu sei tutto….
Danza, danza fino a quando il confine tra te e loro sparisce.
Tu ti trasformerai e sarai collegato con tutto ciò e ci sarà uno unico Essere Danzante…
In un anno faremo tutto il possibile per poter avvicinare a danzare con il Jigen.
Atsushi Takenouchi

<Contact > SPAZIO NU – Centro Internazionale di studio e ricerca sul movimento

butoh.spazionu@gmail.com, www.spazionu.com

tel. +39 0587 54 634,   +39 329.09.08.119,  +39 349.13.71.631

via Firenze  42/A – 56025 Pontedera (PI) Italy