BUTOH WITH A SOMATIC APPROACH LED BY YUMINO SEKI
SAT 14 NOVEMBER 2020, 2.30-5.30PM, £25
ST. LEONARDS STUDIO: AZUR, MARINA PAVILION, ST. LEONARDS ON SEA, TN38 0BU
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This workshop will make an inquiry into the transformative nature of the body exploring unique individual expression. Aiming to embody movement, image and sensation in dance.
舞踏 Butoh is a form of Japanese avant-garde dance. Butoh emerged from the post war chaos in Japan in the late 50s when the country grappled with the clash between new Western technology and traditional Japanese values. Butoh became a new form of expression, neither an imitation of Western culture nor a traditional Japanese cultural practice. Influenced by German Expressionism, self-identity was radically explored through bodily expression.
Shifting attention from ‘action’ to ‘active listening’ SEKI uses somatic practice. The somatic is the study of a ‘person’ as a functional living body. Integrating the body, mind and emotion whilst using movement as the main exploratory tool to elicit authentic expression.
The workshop will explore Butoh’s concepts through imagery and explorative movement based on the body awareness (somatic practice) in both dynamic and quiet work working in socially distant groups, pairs and individuals.
Butoh’s concept proposes culturally diverse ways of seeing, which are often fundamental to our lives, such as life & death, desire and dark human nature. Butoh sees dance as a living process and it pushes the boundaries of what we already know.
Places are limited please book in advance. All welcome.
Yumino SEKI is a Japanese dance artist, Butoh practitioner and qualified somatic movement educator who performs, teaches and collaborates to make performances.
She has been interested in the authenticity of the temporal body for many years resulting in many dance pieces, which are site responsive and improvised in nature. Collaborating with artists from diverse disciplines has given her a broad approach to her movement practice. Since 2013 developing her Butoh and somatic work SEKI has been directing group choreography with cross-discipline performances.
She has worked and toured in Butoh predominately with Tadashi Endo (Mamu Dance Theatre), Yumiko Yoshioka (Ten-Pen-Chii) both in Germany and Carlotta Ikeda (Ariadone) in France since 1999. In 2007, her particular search for sensory experience as an artistic expression led her to study VMI Somatic Practice with Patricia Bardi in Amsterdam.
SEKI’s work is informed by the cultural depth and diversity of both the UK and Japan. Her development in her movement has been a gradual exploration of both her collective and self-identity.
‘My work starts from trust; trusting that the body has its own intelligence & experience. Not moving but being moved. Raw yet subtle, meditative yet self-destructive, stark yet sensual. Conflict and harmony co-exist in an ambiguous way. I explore and reflect the inner self where the body becomes mere ‘being’ and where a point of transformation occurs.’