Workshop: Embodying the Spirit
Taught by Joan Laage (Kogut Butoh)
This workshop is a process of erasing and re-creating the body through guided improvisation largely inspired by nature imagery.
Experience training methods towards a supple body and mind and investigate aesthetics common to butoh through creative explorations. ETS explores endless questions: What is life? What is the human condition? What is the body? The workshop structure includes explorations of physical, natural, and transforming bodies. In this workshop we will explore mythological characters and Chinese zodiac animal signs through working with the material and energetic body and nature elements (water, air, etc.). Partner work will facilitate participants’ individual and collective journeys. The workshop draws from Joan’s training with Butoh Masters Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno and Yoko Ashikawa in Tokyo and more recently with Atsushi Takenouchi and her background as a Tai Chi practitioner and professional gardener.