I dance to feed that which is wild and therefore holy in life. If done well my dance becomes food for the beings that keep the world alive. I dance to measure the distance between a human being and the wild or unknown in nature. I dance to honor the forgotten Agreement. I dance to bless the knees, elbows and belly buttons of my ancestors.  I dance as a way to court matter and re-plant the ground between myself and the world with living grasses upon which the things of the world can dance, not as slaves to an imperial goal but as the free and wild song beings that they are. I dance so that my body is not a slave. I dance for our food. I dance to subvert the conventional consumer ideology. I dance for a time beyond my own. I dance for the Earth.

 -Nathan

Syzygy Butoh Camp 2017

At the MESA (Movement and Ecology Sanctuary for Art)

 

May 25-28

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Please join us at the 5th annual Movement and Ecology Sanctuary for Art workshop in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado.  The MESA is centered on our relationship with the earth and our own wild, creative souls as understood through individual and group Butoh and Ritual Dance practice.  At the core of the MESA is the premise that indigenous belonging lives within the earth herself and thus within our own bodies.  Dance in nature can be a powerful tool for uncovering, integrating and healing our relations to the earth and our past.  During our three days together we will train to open the joints and the imagination simultaneously expanding body and mind in relationship with each other and the landscape.  Together we will approach the land as a kind of sacred stage where we can confront, search, take risks and be supported in our dreams.  We will take the privilege to spend this short time together deeply exploring our creative impulses, deep longings, ancestral memories and dreams for the future.  We will focus on opening our energy centers and other gates of the body to liberate and recover ourselves in a ritual blessing for each other, our ancestors and the earth.  Join us and touch the matter of your wild soul!

 

$225 early birds! (before April 15)
$275 sleepy heads (after April 15)
Send payment to Nathan Montgomery, 105 Meadow Estates Ridgway, CO 81432
 
Schedule:
May 25 ~ 4pm meet in Ridgway, CO at the Town Park under the big Cottonwood trees.  Car-pool 15 minutes to the site.  Set up camp, share food, fire and introductions.
May 26-28th ~ Workshop.
 
Logistics:  Camping will be provided on site, however there are no amenities.  All participants are required to bring their own camping gear, food and water for the three-day workshop.  A basic outdoor group kitchen will be provided for participants to share. As the workshop approaches we will coordinate around group meals.  It is possible to fly into Montrose and we can help coordinate rides to and from the airport.

 

Location:

The MESA workshop takes place on 80 acres of Piñon-Juniper wilderness protected by a conservation land trust established by my great aunt and uncle.  This land has been in my family for almost 40 years.  Since that time it has remained a sanctuary for animals, plants, invisible beings, family, friends, humor and art.

 

Butoh is a dance movement that originated in Japan shortly after WWII.  Tatsumi Hijikata, the foremost pioneer of Butoh, developed a new language of dance derived from the natural and even the shadow side of the human being.  It is characterized by movements that tend towards the earth and the unconscious.  Instead of aspiring to an aesthetic ideal Butoh reveals the human being and his inner world.  It implies total presence where dance is an expression of being in the world as well as containing the world within oneself.  It grows from such themes as androgyny, rebellion and the natural cycles of life and death.    

Butoh Workshops Ridgway Colorado

Jan 22 2-5pm

Feb 5th 2-5pm

Studio J in Ridgway

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Butoh invites us to touch the matter of our soul through dance, in a process of awakening and embracing our myriad human qualities within a space of group support.  In the same way that a flower cannot help but express its flower-ness, our bodies are blooming with an innate, powerful and authentic nature.  Just like a flower our bodies must be connected to the earth in order to rise up.  In Butoh we use everything, not only the graceful but also the grotesque and the strange.  We seek to be vulnerable and discover our fragile bodies.  From this place we can learn to bring authenticity and meaning into the forms we dance.

 

The training aims at developing a deeper connection to the earth and to our own bodies.  We will focus on opening chakras, joints and other gates of the body to access our fundamental energies to express ourselves, bless and feed our ancestors, each other and the Earth.   Recognizing the body as the Earth herself Butoh denies nothing.  

 

Butoh is a dance movement that originated in Japan shortly after WWII.  It is characterized by movements that tend towards the earth and the unconscious.  Instead of aspiring to an aesthetic ideal Butoh reveals the human being and his inner world.  It implies total presence where dance is an expression of being in the world as well as containing the world within oneself.  It grows from such themes as androgyny, solitude and the natural cycles of life and death.