New year’s butoh workshop, with Atsushi Takenouchi, live music by Hiroko Komiya
3 days residential workshop in spazio NU, Pontedera,  5-7 January 2018.

5 January (course 15h00-21.00)

Meeting appointment is friday 5 Jan at 13h00 in Spazio Nu for registrations

6 January (course 13.00-19.00) Registrations 12h00

From 19.30  performances:

Butoh solo performance  Maruska Ronchi

Butoh solo peformace Atsushi Takenouchi

7 January (course 9.30-17.30)   –

In the life circulation, we see lights and shadows, transforming seasons, death and life. We embrace this both sides. Through dance, the borders separating between inside and outside of our body will fade away. Then we start feeling that all nature is our body, and same time our body is a part of the universe. With this consciousness, we are able to transform into various animal and green plants and life. Or we are able to transform into the fundamental states of matter (solid, liquid, gas and plasma). Link our deep memory with all these elements, link to the memory of the earth. Embrace your all different emotion through Butoh. And find way to stand and dance, as the truth of your life, which is not hidden anything behind. This is your real flower, your real Butoh.

Atsushi Takenouchi

“ Dance is devotion of life” I learned this while my travelling nature fields called JINEN. This has never changed since old times and will never change. This means I should dance to “my life”, to the moment, and to now which lasts forever.
I’ve got my body from the earth. I’ve got my life from the sun and the moon, my parents, my friends and my love. Then I’ll return the gifts to these universe. I’ll return them to others through dancing body and soul. As I see a tiny flower selflessly, I meet a dance filled with a joy of “ life”. And then, my body is filled up with water of “ life”. The seeds of memory inside of myself come into bud.
The sound of winds is the whispering of the earth. The sound of minerals is the muttering of machines. We hear the sounds of the universe through explosion and noise and stillness.
Oh, thousands of sounds, take our souls far away to our unknown world. Travel with reminding us of forgotten dances. On the sun and the moon, there are young men singing eternal songs at every place in the world. Let’s begin an ancient and modern fete at “ relics of life” holding artificial and nature
on earth.     Atsushi Takenouchi

The participation to the workshop is open to everybody
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Atsushi Takenouchi / JINEN Butoh (
Joined butoh dance company „Hoppo-Butoh-ha“ in Hokkaido in 1980. His last performance with the company “Takazashiki”(1984) was worked on by butoh-founder Tatsumi Hijikata. Atsushi has started his own „Jinen Butoh“ since 1986 and created solo works „Itteki“, „Ginkan“ as a universal expression of nature, earth, and ancient times and impressions of the moment, meeting with people and environment. He made 3 year “JINEN” tour project throughout Japan for 600 sitespecific improvisations (1996-1999). During this time, he studied a spirit of the universe under Kazuo Ohno and Yoshito Ohno. Since 2002, he has been mainly based in Europe, working on Butoh dance collaboration project with dancers and actors in France, Poland, U.S.A and other countries. Joining in festival such as Avignon festival, Paris Butoh festival, NY Butoh festival, he has been presenting his solo piece. At the same time, he also collaborates with film. The recent work in Alaska and Hawaii, “Ridden by nature” environmental art film will be completed soon.

Hiroko Komiya/ object sound, percussion and voice (
Expresses the sound from the air, space, movements, inner body, memory and transforms into the sound without bound melody or rhythm. Plays object sounds; stone, water, sea shells, toys, daily life objects and percussion; metal bowls, bells and voice. Her musical idea is to remind us there is subtle hidden voice and whispering of each object themselves around us. She let them out in resonance with respects for them. Her sounds are said as if it’s blowing a new life into the objects, and her expression evokes new sensation to the breath or movement of listeners. As for the voice, her voice arises from inner body and brings back our lost memories. Since 1999, she regularly accompanies Butoh dance performance and workshop of Atsushi Takenouchi as musician. Apart from dance, she collaborates also with film, sculptor, painter, poet, story teller, costume designer, various artists for exhibition, installation, etc.