Butoh Intensive—In search of dance of darkness (DAN4245.01)

Mina Nishimura

This advanced level intensive butoh course is designed for students, who have prior experience of making a work around a body, especially (yet not limited) in dance, theater and visual arts context. Inspired by butoh-based movement practice and eastern philosophies, students will seek a way of liberating a body from socially pre-conditioned self. While studying particular breath, somatic and movement practices, students will delve into and cultivate understanding of philosophical concepts, and corresponding physical and psychological modalities such as “ever-becoming” “subject-less body “state of absence.” Students will be asked to propose a body-based work in response to each philosophical theme that this course offers. Ultimately, each student is encouraged to question any pre-imposed conceptual frames that have been defining self, and search for alternate ways of being.

Students will also be working with guest artist, Kota Yamazaki, throughout the course.


Learning Outcomes:
-Understand unorthodox and alternative concepts around body through somatic experience
-Be able to propose new perspective and approach to a body through the creation of original work



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of instructors.
Corequisites: Dance or Drama lab assignment if students sign up for 4 or more credits in dance.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 14
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: Fully In-Person , Dance , Drama , All courses
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