[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Ryuzo Fukuhara leads Butoh dance workshop Sunday 9/25 2:30-5:30

Loren Groenendaal lorengroenendaal at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 15:58:02 EDT 2016

*Ryuzo Fukuhara butoh dance workshop: "Silent Dialogue**”*
*Sept. 25, 2:30 - 5:30 *
*@ The Whole Shebang*
*1813 S. 11st Street (rear) Philadelphia, PA 19148*
*(free parking in school lot)    $40*
 If you have any questions reply to:  ryuzo.fukuhara at gmail.com

*Ryuzo Fukuhara*’s interest in Butoh was confirmed after attending a Butoh
workshop led by Semi-maru from the group, *Sankaijuku*, in 1987.
In 1991 Fukuhara joined the Butoh group Maijuku directed by one of the
leading figures in Butoh, *Min Tanaka*.
In 2006, he was awarded the *2nd prize* of solo-dance contest at 11Masdanza
- the International Contemporary Dance Festival in Canary Islands, Spain.
Recently, Ryuzo is teaching Butoh dance in University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

*Butoh* has been described in many ways – provocative, spiritual, erotic,
grotesque, ecstatic, nihilistic, cosmic. This contemporary avant-garde
dance form which was founded in Japan in the late 1950s by Tatsumi Hijikata
and Kazuo Ohno. Influenced by Noh and Kabuki, performance art and German
expressionist dance, Butoh combines dance, theater, mime and improvisation
to create a unique art form. Its underlying philosophy is to question the
notion of dance. Movement is not dictated by set choreography, but evolves
from the interaction between the inner world of the dancer and the energy
gained from the surrounding environment and audience. The conscious and the
unconscious, body and spirit become connected as the dancer moves beyond
the realm of symbolism into metamorphosis.

*About Silent Dialogue*

Fukuhara has led numerous workshops in Europe in order to promote Butoh as
a dance form. His workshops are based on his own training methods while
also incorporating techniques developed by Min Tanaka and Sankai Juku.
Rather than teaching participants professional dance techniques, *Silent
Dialogue *aims to create an enhanced relationship between physical movement
and the imagination. Fukuhara supports participants in finding their own
movements and exploring their unique relationship between mind and body.

This course creates a heightened awareness of the body and its basic
movements and limitations. Over the course of the workshop, you will
increase your physical and mental flexibility and control. You will also
gain a finer understanding of the possibilities of synchronizing body and
mind, experience in transforming your ideas into physical movements, which
is the most important aspect of dance performance.

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