butoh school


16 - 27 Lug 2021



Summer Intensive JINEN Butoh workshop on the mountain: with Atsushi Takenouchi, live music by Hiroko Komiya

Summer Intensive JINEN Butoh
Nature side Jinen Butoh workshop in Toscana
by Atsushi Takenouchi, live music by Hiroko Komiya, assistant Liviana Angeloni

16th – 27th July 2021
JINEN Butoh camp in nature 1,200m high mountain

1,200 meter high mountain area with forest, river, lake,
we dance with sun, wind, flower, water, fire, trees, stones,
sunrise and moon. On final 1-2 days each participants
presentation of solo and group improvisation.

Any small life has own life time.
The butterfly life has birth and death in the short arch of time.
Nights and days, their whole life or one measure. As the butterfly feels whole life in this short time,
we explore how deep we feel our own life and presence through this term. At the same time,
we explore how we express it in front of audience through this Butoh workshop.

“Dance is devotion to life.”
I learned this while 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 got my body from the earth. I got my life from the sun and the moon, my parents, my friends and
my love. So I’ll return the gifts to these universes. I’ll return them to others through a dancing body
and soul. When I see a tiny flower selflessly, I meet a dance filled with the joy of “life.” And then,
my body is filled up with the water of “life.” The seeds of memory inside me become a bud.
The sounds of wind are 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. As we travel, remind 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 of “relics of life”
holding artifice and nature-on earth.

Atsushi Takenouchi

Conducter : Atsushi Takenouchi, live music: Hiroko Komiya
Date and time : 16th – 27th July, 2021

Requirement: This course is open for all people who is interested in practicing Butoh, dance,
body movement, and searching inner movement in the nature.
No necessary to have Butoh experience. In the nature side every day, we will walk
about 1km to the site we practice.

At: natureside- 1,200m high mountain area in Toscana with forest, river,
flower field, stone field, lake.
* Depending on the weather and other condition etc, we might change the location or time schedule for workshop.

Preparation :
We will send you the list of prepartion when you register for this course.

Camping : We will make camp in nature : Camping gear necessary. If you can’t bring tent,
please contact us in advance.

Meals : Meals are basically Vegetarian meal with using mostly organic and local products.
You can inform us if any allergy. We have principal cook for meals. During course, the group
will be divided in small groups that will rotate every day to help to bring the food and
the cleaning together.

Schedule :
Everyday 7-8 hours ( time will be announced ) **Arrival day and moving to mountain day,
departure day,it become few hours of practice.
* We will have each participant solo/duo presentation,
and group improvisation day in nature on last 1-2days.
* There will be some morning sessions or night sessions in the nature depending on the weather.

Register / Reservation:
Please contact to  to ask practical information and register form.
And pleaes follow the method of register and payment.


< Contact > email: 
SPAZIO NU – DANCE & MOVEMENT   -via Firenze  42/A – 56025 Pontedera (PI), Italy


Atsushi Takenouchi (
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 site-specific
improvisations (1996-1999). During this time, he started to be inspired by a spirit of the universe of
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.

Hiroko Komiya (
Creates sounds from various objects, like water, stones, metal bowls, toys and voice. Her music is
designed to let the sound come naturally from each object, instrument, as if they are breathing and
whispering of each life. She regularly accompanies Butoh dance performance by Atsushi Takenouchi.


Atsushi Takenouchi
“Dance is devotion to life “
“La danza è devozione alla vita… Questo l’ho imparato viaggiando attraverso i campi
della natura chiamati  JINEN, non è mai cambiato dai tempi antichi e non cambierà mai.
Ciò significa che vorrei danzare la “mia vita “e l’istante presente, che dura per sempre.
Ho ricevuto il mio corpo dalla terra. Ho ricevuto la mia vita dal sole e dalla luna, dai miei genitori
e amici e dall’amore, così restituisco questi doni all’Universo e agli altri attraverso la danza del mio
corpo e della mia anima. Quando vedo un piccolo fiore, incontro una danza piena della gioia
della vita. Il mio corpo è pieno dell’acqua della vita e i semi della memoria depositati in me,
germogliano. Il suono dei venti è il sussurrare della terra, il suono dei minerali è il borbottio delle
macchine. Udiamo i suoni dell’universo attraverso le esplosioni, i rumori e il silenzio.
Migliaia di suoni, portano la nostra anima lontano verso un mondo sconosciuto, viaggiano con noi
e ci ricordano di danze dimenticate, sul sole e sulla luna, in ogni posto del mondo giovani uomini
cantano canti eterni. Cominciamo una festa antica e moderna dedicata alle “reliquie della vita”,
che abbracci l’artificiale e il naturale presente sulla terra”.     JINEN BUTOH Atsushi Takenouchi

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