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

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.